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Entry Requirements

A Level courses – Introduction

We aim to create an individual pathway in our Sixth Form to match your specific need and ability. We offer a range of different courses and pathway options in our Sixth Form; this allows flexibility to match courses with each student’s prior attainment. From Summer 2017 English and Mathematics GCSE grading moves to a 9 to 1 scale and at the time of printing, the former ‘C’ grade at GCSE is considered to be a ‘4’. However, this is subject to National change and our entry requirements for the September 2017 will need to reflect this; we therefore ask for ‘equivalent to’ the former A* to C grade.

Pathway 1

For a 3 A Level or BTEC (National Award/Diploma) course, students must achieve 5 GCSE passes at grades at equivalent to A* - C (including English GCSE at a C grade equivalent). Students may retake Maths GCSE if they did not achieve a C grade equivalent.

Pathway 2

For a 4 A Level or BTEC (National Award/Diploma) course, students must achieve 7 GCSE passes at grades at equivalent to A* - C including 3 B grade equivalents (including English and Maths GCSE at grade C equivalent).

Pathway 3

To take up our Aspiration Academy pathway, students will need to show evidence – through formal reference, interview and previous engagement – of their talent in and commitment to their chosen academy topic. For the Level 3 qualification, grade C equivalent or above in English and Maths is required.

Pathway 4

To take up our A2A pathway students need to show evidence – through interview and previous engagement - of commitment to developing their future career. Students target in the year’s study, work and career planning is to ready themselves, through gaining additional qualification and work experience to take full A Level courses or an Apprenticeship the following year. The entry requirements to A2A reflect the individual nature of this pathway and will be dependent on the student’s commitment.

Please note:

  • Whilst most A Level courses allow entry with a GCSE grade C equivalent, for some subjects a grade B equivalent (‘5’) will be required.
  • GCSE Short Courses (e.g. Religious Studies and Citizenship) will count as 0.5 of a GCSE.
  • For Pathways 1, 3 and 4: all students are expected to study the Level 3 Extended Project to develop their independent learning skills.

For the purpose of A Level entry:

  • A BTEC First Award/ Certificate (Level 2) will count as one GCSE pass.
  • A BTEC First Diploma (Level 2) will count as two GCSE passes.
  • The DIDA course will count as one GCSE pass.
  • For Science A Level courses, OCR National and BTEC qualifications do not meet the entry requirements.
  • Students who have taken a majority of non-GCSE subjects (e.g. BTEC or International qualifications) will be treated on an individual basis for Sixth Form entry

Subject entry requirements

Subject

Entry Requirements

A2A

Entry by interview and evidence of commitment to course of study

Aspiration Academies

Entry by interview, references and evidence of past experience of successfully pursuing specified interest (English at Grade C equivalent if taking Level 3)

Art and Design

Art C grade

Biology

Core Science, Additional Science, Further Additional Science BB or Biology B plus Maths C and English Language C equivalents

Business

English Language C equivalent and Business Studies C, if this has been taken at GCSE; Maths C equivalent is also desirable, but not essential

Chemistry

Core Science, Additional Science, Further Additional Science BB or Chemistry B plus Maths C and English Language C equivalents

Computer Science

GCSE Computing C and GCSE Maths C equivalent

Computing

GCSE Computing C if this has been taken at GCSE or GCSE ICT C or DIDA equivalent and GCSE Maths C

Drama and Theatre Studies

English Language C equivalent and Drama C

English Language and Literature 

English Language C and English Literature B equivalents

English Literature

English Language B and English Literature B equivalents

Further Mathematics

Mathematics A equivalent

Geography

Geography C, if this has been taken at GCSE and English and Maths C equivalents

German

German GCSE Grade C

Health and Social Care

English Language C, Maths and Science C equivalents

History

History C, if this has been taken at GCSE

Mathematics

Mathematics B equivalent

Media Studies

Media C if this has been taken at GCSE and English Language C equivalent

Music RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners

BTEC First Award Music or GCSE Music C

Photography

A creative subject: C grade

Physical Education

Physical Education C and any two GCSE Sciences C

Physics 

Core Science, Additional Science, Further Additional Science BB or Physics B plus Maths C and English Language C equivalents

Politics

English Language B equivalent

Product Design

Graphic Products C or Product Design C

Psychology

Science C and English Language C equivalent

Sociology

English Language C equivalent

* From Summer 2017 English and Maths grading will be on a 9-1 scale. At the time of printing the equivalent of the former grade C pass is currently considered to be a ‘4’, however this is subject to National change and our printing of ‘GCSE grade C equivalent’ allows for any changes that occur.