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Post-16 Entry Requirements

In the Sixth Form, you will study subjects you choose within an agreed study programme. This may involve the study of purely academic A-Levels or Technical (vocational) subjects at Level 3.

A-Levels and Level 3 qualifications are studied over two years with terminal examinations at the end of the second year of study.

In addition to your chosen subjects, your Study Programme will also include a daily mentor period, a weekly period of enrichment, and may include independent study periods as part of your timetable. You will also participate in a week of Work Experience during Year 12.


Entry Requirements for Year 12 (September 2024)

Study Programmes: 

Study Programme 1 

8+ grade 9-4 including 7+ in English and Maths 

Programme Description 
Up to 4 Level 3 qualifications (and option of Core Maths or EPQ depending on options) 

Study Programme 2 

5+ grade 9-4 including English and Maths 

Programme Description 

3 Level 3 qualifications (and option of Core Maths or EPQ depending on options) 

Study Programme 3 

5+ grade 9-4 including English or Maths 

Programme Description 

1 Level 3 vocational qualification and 2 A-Levels + GCSE retake in English or Mathematics 

Students with GCSE grade 3 or less in English Language and/or Mathematics will be expected to retake the subject(s) as part of their Study Programme. Students with Grade 4 in English Language and/or Mathematics, may wish to retake the subject with the intention of passing at Grade 5.‘English’ refers to either English Language or English Literature.

Subject Specific Eligibility Criteria

SUBJECT 

GCSE REQUIREMENTS 

Art and Design (Fine Art) 

4+ in Art/Art Graphics/Photography or portfolio evidence 

Art Fashion (Textile Design) 

4+ in Textiles or Art, or portfolio evidence 

Art Photography 

4+ in Art/Art Graphics/Photography or portfolio evidence 

Biology† 

6-5+ in Trilogy Science (Higher Tier) or 5+ in Biology, and 5+ in Mathematics 

Business Studies 

4+ in Business, 4+ in English, 5+ in Maths OR 

4+ in Business, 4+ in English, 4 in Maths (must also take L3 Maths) 

If Business not studied 4+ in English, 5+ in Maths 

Chemistry†  

6-5+ in Trilogy Science (Higher Tier) or 5+ in Chemistry, and 5+ in Mathematics 

Computing 

5+ in Mathematics and 5+ in Computing if studied 

6+ in Mathematics if Computing not studied at GCSE 

Drama and Theatre 

4+ in Drama, 5+ in English 

Economics 

5+ in Maths and 5+ in English 

English Language and Literature 

5+ in both English Language and Literature 

English Literature 

5+ in both English Language and Literature 

Further Mathematics 

8+ in Mathematics [to be studied with A-Level Mathematics] 

Geography* 

4+ in Geography and 5+ in English OR 

6+ in Geography and 4+ in English 

History 

4+ in History and 5+ in English OR 

6+ in History and 4+ in English 

Information Technology [Level 3 BTEC] 

5 or more grades at 9-4 including 4+ in English or Maths 

 

Languages 

5+ in French/Mandarin/Spanish (Higher Tier), as appropriate 

Mathematics 

7+ in Maths [a strong grade 6 will be considered] 

Mathematical Studies* (Core Maths) [2 year AS] 

4+ in Mathematics 

Music 

5+ in Music 

Music Technology 

4+ Music/Music Technology (if studied). 

If no Music/Music Technology at GCSE you must be able to demonstrate music technology experience. 

Physics†  

6-5+ in Trilogy Science or 5+ in Physics (Higher Tier), and 6+ in Mathematics 

Politics 

4+ in English 

Psychology* 

4+ in Science or 4-4 in Trilogy Science. 5+ in English and Mathematics 

Psychology (Applied)* [Level 3 BTEC] 

5 or more grades at 9-4 including 4+ in English or Maths  

Religious Studies 

4+ in English 

Sociology 

4+ in English 

Sport [Level 3 BTEC]  

4+ in Biology or 4-4 in Trilogy Science. 

Should have a keen interest and involvement in sport - to be discussed with Curriculum Leader. 

‘English’ refers to either English Language or English Literature.
 Students studying Science should study Level 3 Mathematics if they are not studying A-Level Mathematics.

* Students studying Geography or Psychology are recommended to study Level 3 Mathematical Studies if they are not studying A-Level Mathematics.

Progression to Year 13

Students must pass their Year 12 Pre-Public Examinations [PPEs] in order to continue studying the subject in Year 13, although it is desirable to achieve at least a D grade at this stage. If students are at risk of not achieving passes at the end of A-Level courses, students will be required to have a formal interview with the Head of Sixth Form. Students will be given the opportunity to retake any PPEs in which they have failed before the end of the Summer Term of Year 12. Students will not be excluded from the Sixth Form on the basis of their Year 12 PPE results. However, careful and independent information, advice and guidance will be provided to ensure students follow the best possible route for success. Students will not be permitted to repeat Year 12 except in exceptional circumstances. Any restart will require students to study a different set of subjects.