Sixth Form – Available Courses & Entry Requirements

Study programmes

All 16 to 19 year old students are funded for an individual study programme. Most study programmes have a core aim.

The study programme is tailored to each student, has a clear study or employment goal reflecting the student’s prior attainment, and includes:

  • substantial qualifications or work experience
  • maths and English for students who have not achieved grade A*-C/9 to 4 GCSE in these subjects
  • high quality work experience or work preparation
  • added value non-qualification activity that supports the students’ goals and is integrated into the study programme

All students must achieve a minimum of 5 Grade 4’s at GCSE level or equivalent. Students must then meet the entry criteria below to be successfully place onto the A level courses*.

*Students not attaining the entry requirements may be considered based on discussions with their teacher.

A-Level SubjectsMinimum GCSE Grade & Subject(s)
Art (Fine, textiles, 3D, photography) Grade 5 in GCSE Art
Product Design Grade 5 in GCSE Art
Biology Grade 6 in Double Award Science or Grades 665 in Separate Sciences AND Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
Chemistry Grade 6 in Double Award Science or Grades 665 in Separate Sciences AND Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
Physics Grade 6 in Double Award Science or Grades 665 in Separate Sciences AND Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
Environmental Science Grade 5 in Double Award Science or Grades 555 in Separate Sciences AND Grade 5 in GCSE Maths
English Literature Grade 6 in GCSE English
Media Studies Grade 5 in GCSE English
Maths Grade 7 in GCSE Maths. This is also subject to an entry test sat in September.
Further Maths Grade 8 in GCSE Maths
Geography Grade 6 in GCSE Geography or Grade 6 in Humanities and Science subject
History Grade 6 in GCSE History or Grade 6 in a Humanities subject or English
Psychology Grade 6 in GCSE Science(s) AND Grade 6 in GCSE English AND Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
Sociology Grade 6 in GCSE English or a Humanities Subject
Law Grade 6 in GCSE English or a Humanities Subject
Spanish Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish
BTEC Subjects
BTEC Engineering Grade 5 in GCSE maths
BTEC ICT Merit at level 2 (BTEC)
BTEC Business Grade 4 in either GCSE English AND Grade 6 in GCSE Maths OR a minimum of a Merit in BTEC Level 2 Business
BTEC Sport Grade 6 in GCSE PE or Distinction in BTEC Sport OR a Grade 6 in GCSE Science and have studied GCSE PE or BTEC Sport
BTEC Health & Social Care Grade 4 in GCSE English AND Grade 4 in GCSE Science (Double award or separate sciences)
BTEC Acting Merit at level 2 (BTEC)
BTEC Music Merit at level 2 (BTEC)
BTEC Dance (single and double award) Merit at level 2 (BTEC)
BTEC Art Pass at level 2 (BTEC)