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Sixth Form Curriculum & Entry Requirements

The 6th Form Curriculum at Fortismere and Entry Requirements

We offer a wide range of academic A level courses and one exciting new BTEC course (from September 2016).  We also  offer  a Cambridge Pre-U course which can be studied alongside A levels and the OCR Extended Project.  Information about these courses and their content can be found at the bottom of this page.

A level Courses

For access to the majority of courses on offer students are required to attain at least 3 A*- B grades at GCSE alongside a 5 in English and a 5 in Mathematics.  In some subjects students are required to attain an A or A* grade or a specified numbered grade at GCSE in that subject to commence the course at A level (please check the schedule of grades required for entry by subject).  Students select 4 subjects to study at AS level (Year 12) and some  students will then choose to specialise in 3 subject areas at A2 (Year 13).

 

BTEC Courses—BTEC Extended Diplomas

We are delighted to offer a BTEC Extended Diploma course this year as an alternative to A level study.  An extended Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A levels and is accepted as a pathway to a vast number of courses at Universities across the UK.  Students require 3 A*-C grades at GCSE alongside a 4 in Maths and a 4 in English to gain entry onto these courses.  Students would select to study this course by choosing it from the 3 columns in which it appears overleaf plus the specific private study column for that BTEC subject.

We are offering the following BTEC courses from September 2016:

BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production

 

Cambridge Pre-U Courses

Cambridge Pre-U is a rigorous programme of study designed to develop in-depth subject knowledge, research skills and the ability to work independently.  The Pre-U has a grade scale that represents the students across the full ability range.  The most able students can gain above A* at A level.  Students are able to study the following   Pre-U course:

Mandarin (Principle Pre-U – 2 year course)     

For this course students will need to meet the standard entry requirements for A level study (with a B grade in Mandarin for that particular course).  They would study this alongside 3 A levels.  The Pre-U   combines effectively with A levels to provide a combination of qualifications with which  our students can commence undergraduate study.

 

Reforms to A level 2015

Please note that despite reforms to some A level subjects from September 2015 Fortismere 6th Form students will be following the traditional method of A level delivery.  With the exception of the BTEC courses which are assessed over 2 years, all students will sit 4 AS levels in May 2017 and may then select whether to complete 3 or 4 of those subjects at A Level in June 2018.

 

Subject Columns for 2017

 

Column A

Column B

Column C

Column D

Biology

Art and Design

Drama & Theatre Studies

Art and Design

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT

Biology

English Literature

Biology

Chemistry

Chemistry

English Language & Literature

Chemistry

Classical Civilisation

Computing

Film Studies

Economics

Economics

Drama & Theatre Studies

Geography

English Literature

English Literature

English Literature

Government and Politics

Geography

French

History

History

Government and Politics

Further Maths

Maths

Mandarin Pre-U

History

Maths

Media

Maths

Maths

Philosophy

Philosophy

Music

Music Technology

Photography

Physics

Photography

Psychology

Psychology

Product Design

Physics

Spanish

Sociology

Sociology

Psychology

 

BTEC Creative Digital Media

 

 BTEC Creative Digital Media

BTEC Creative Digital Media

BTEC Sports Studies

 

BTEC Sports Studies

BTEC Sports Studies

Grades for entry to 6th form for A Level courses: 3 A*-B and 5 in English, 5 in maths and any specific subject requirements.

Grades for entry to 6th form BTEC courses: 3A*-C and 4 in English, 4 in maths

Students will need to select one subject from each column (see columns)

If selecting BTEC this will be the complete programme of study so column B will be blank

 

Entry Requirements by Subject (for 2017)

 

Art & Design

B in Art GCSE

Biology

Double A in Science (cannot accept students who have studied Single Award Science) OR at least 2 A grades (one of which must be in Biology) if studying 3 separate GCSE Science subjects.  5 in Maths GCSE,  5 in English GCSE

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT

C grade in ICT or Computing GCSE.

Classical Civilisation

5 in English GCSE plus and B grade in one other humanities subject

Chemistry

Double A in Science (cannot accept students who have studied Single Award Science) OR at least 2 A grades (one of which must be in Chemistry) if studying 3 separate GCSE Science subjects.  5 in Maths GCSE, 5 in English GCSE

Computing

5 in both maths and English

BTEC Creative Digital Media

 

BTEC Sports Studies

3 C grades in GCSE subjects and 4s in English and Maths

Drama

B in GCSE Drama, 5 in English.  Must pass audition

Economics

5 in Maths. 5 in English.  B in a relevant Humanities subjects (e.g. History, Geography) B in Economics and B in Business if studied at GCSE (GCSE Business and GCSE Economics is NOT required)

English Literature

 

English Language & Literature

5 in both English and English Literature GCSEs

Film Studies

5 in both English and English Literature GCSEs

French

B in GCSE French.  5 in both English and English Literature GCSEs

Geography

B in Geography GCSE.  BB in Science OR at least 2 B grades if studying 3 separate GCSE Science subjects.  5 in English GCSE

Government and Politics

5 in English GCSE.  B in either History, Geography, Sociology or RS GCSE

History

B in History GCSE.  5 in English GCSE

Mandarin  (Pre-U course)

B in GCSE Mandarin.  5 in both English and English Literature GCSEs

Maths

Further Maths

7 in Maths GCSE

8/9 in Maths GCSE

Media Studies

5 in both English and English Literature GCSEs OR B grade in Media Studies GCSE (GCSE Media is NOT a requirement)

Music

B in Music GCSE.  Commitment to performance

Music Technology

C in Music GCSE.  5s in Maths and English.  C in technology subject

Philosophy

5 in English and English Literature GCSEs

Photography

Grades for entry to 6th form for Academic courses (3 B grade and 5s in Maths and English)

Physics

Double A in Science (cannot accept students who have studied Single Award Science) OR at least 2 A grades (one of which must in Physics) if studying 3 separate GCSE Science subjects.  5 in Maths GCSE, 5 in English

Product Design

GCSE grade B or above in a Design and Technology subject is required. 5 in English.

Psychology

BB in Science OR at least 2 B grades if studying 3 separate GCSE Science subjects.  5 in Maths and English 

Sociology

B in Sociology if studied at GCSE (GCSE Sociology is NOT required).  5 in English GCSE

Spanish

B in GCSE Spanish.  5 in both English and English Literature GCSEs