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Curriculum, Column Choices & Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Curriculum

From 2019, our 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. Alternatively, students will select one BTEC Extended Diploma course, which is the equivalent of three A levels.

Information about all our courses and entry requirements 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 GCSE grades at 5 to 9 alongside a minimum of a 5 in English and a 5 in Mathematics. In some subjects students are required to attain 7 or above at GCSE in that subject to commence the course at A level (please check the schedule of grades required for entry by subject). All students select 3 subjects (A level or Mandarin Pre-U) to study from the start of Year 12. 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 Courses—BTEC Extended Diplomas

We are delighted to offer BTEC Extended Diploma courses 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 at least 3 GCSE grades at 4 to 9 alongside a minimum of a 4 in English and a 4 in Mathematics to gain entry onto these courses. Students would select to study this course by choosing it for all 3 options.

We are offering the following BTEC courses from September 2019: BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production, BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Science, BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

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 grade 5 in Mandarin for that particular course). They would study the Pre-U Mandarin course alongside 2 A level courses, to provide an effective combination of qualifications with which our students can commence undergraduate study.

Subject Columns for 2019 Entry

Subject columns will be confirmed for commencement of applications on 30th November 2018

 Column A

 Column B

 Column C

 Fine Art

 Fine Art

Computing

 Biology

 Biology

 Biology

 Chemistry

 Chemistry

English Literature
Drama & Theatre   Studies

 Classical Civilisation

Futher Maths
Economics Economics

 Geography

 English Literature

Spanish

History

 French

 English Literature

Mandarin

 History

 Further Maths

Maths

Maths

 Geography

Philosophy
Media Studies

 History

 Physics
Music Tech

 Maths

Politics

 Photography

Photography Product Design
Physics

 Psychology

 Psychology

Psychology

 

 Sociology

Sociology

 

 

 Creative Digital Media BTEC

 Creative Digital Media BTEC

 Creative Digital Media BTEC

Entry Requirements by Subject (For 2019)

Grade B is equivalent to a grade 5 in the new GCSE courses. Students studying alternative qualifications such as IGCSE will be expected to attain equivalent grades.

Biology

7/7 in GCSE Combined Science, if taking Separate Sciences then two grade 7s including Biology.  5 in Maths GCSE, 5 in English GCSE

Classical Civilisation

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

Chemistry

7/7 in GCSE Combined Science, if taking Separate Sciences then two grade 7s including Chemistry.  5 in Maths GCSE, 5 in English GCSE

Computing

5 in both maths and English

BTEC Creative Digital Media

 

BTEC Sports Studies

3 grades at 4 or above in any GCSE subjects and 4s in English and Maths

Drama

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

Economics

5 in Maths. 5 in English.  5 in a relevant Humanities subjects (e.g. History, Geography) 5 in Economics and 5 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

Fine Art

5 in Art GCSE

French

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

Geography

5 in Geography GCSE.  5,5 in Double Science OR at least 2 grades at level 5 if studying 3 separate GCSE Science subjects.  5 in English GCSE

History

5 in History GCSE.  5 in English GCSE

Mandarin  (Pre-U course)

5 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 grade 5 in Media Studies GCSE (GCSE Media is NOT a requirement) 

Music

5 in Music GCSE.  Commitment to performance

Music Technology

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

Philosophy

5 in English and English Literature GCSEs

Photography

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

Physics

7/7 in GCSE Combined Science, if taking Separate Sciences then two grade 7s including Physics.  5 in Maths GCSE, 5 in English GCSE

Politics

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

Product Design

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

Psychology

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

Sociology

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

Spanish

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