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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.

Alternatively, students will select one BTEC Extended Diploma course, 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 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.

Biology

7 in Biology or 7/6 in Combined Science

Classical Civilisation

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

Chemistry

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

Computing 6 in Maths

BTEC Creative Digital Media

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

Drama

5 in Drama.  Subject to audition.

Economics

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 

Art

5 in Art 

French

5 in French.  5 in both English and English Literature 

Geography

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

History

5 in History.  5 in English 

Mandarin  (Pre-U course)

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

Maths

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) 

Music

5 in Music GCSE.  Commitment to performance

Music Technology

5 in Music.  5 in a technology subject

Philosophy

5 in English and English Literature 

Photography

Meet general Sixth Form entry requirements

Physical Education (PE) Grade 5 GCSE PE

Physics

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

Politics

5 in History, Geography, Sociology or RS 

Product Design

5 in a Design and Technology subject 

Psychology

5/5 in combined or separate science

Sociology

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

Spanish

5 in Spanish.  5 in both English and English Literature