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Sixth Form - Basic Entry Requirements

Students will study three A level subjects from the beginning of Year 12, with some students additionally taking an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) and a few, Further Mathematics, as a fourth A level. The option to choose a fourth A-Level (other than Further Maths) is currently under review, and will be available to students meeting certain criteria.

Alternatively, students will select our BTEC Extended Diploma course in Creative Digital Media which is the equivalent of three A levels.

A level Courses

For access to A Level courses students are required to attain at least 5 GCSEs at grades 5+ including English and Mathematics.

See further subject-specific requirements below.

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is available to take as an additional qualification and Further Mathematics is available as a 4th subject (see subject specific requirements).

BTEC Course—BTEC Extended Diploma

We are delighted to offer a high successful BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production 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 at least 5 GCSE grades at 4+ including English and Mathematics to gain entry onto this course. Students should select to study this course by choosing it for all 3 options in Blocks A, B and C.

Subject columns are available to view on the application form. 

Entry Requirements by Subject 

Students studying alternative qualifications (such as IGCSE) will be expected to attain equivalent grades.


7 in Biology or 7/6 in Combined Science

Classical Civilisation

5 in English plus a grade 5 in one other humanities subject


7 in Chemistry or 7/6 in Combined Science with 6 in Maths

Computing 6 in Maths

BTEC Creative Digital Media Production (CDMP)

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths GCSE


5 in Drama.  Subject to audition.


6 in Maths.  5 in History, Geography, Economics or Business 

English Literature


English Language & Literature

5 in both English and English Literature 

Film Studies

5 in both English and English Literature 


5 in Art 


5 in French.  5 in both English and English Literature 


5 in Geography. 5/5 in Science (separate or combined) 5 in English


5 in History.  5 in English 

Mandarin  (Pre-U course)

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


Further Maths

7 in Maths GCSE

8/9 in Maths GCSE

Media Studies

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


5 in Music GCSE.  Commitment to performance

Music Technology

5 in Music.  5 in a technology subject


5 in English and English Literature 


Meet general Sixth Form entry requirements

Physical Education (PE) Grade 5 GCSE PE


7 in Pysics or 7/6 in Combined Science with 6 in Maths


5 in History, Geography, Sociology or RS 

Product Design

5 in a Design and Technology subject 


5/5 in combined or separate science


5 in Sociology if studied at GCSE (GCSE Sociology is not required)


5 in Spanish.  5 in both English and English Literature