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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.


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

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