A Level Subjects

Sixth Form Entry Requirements:

The school sets what it believes to be the minimum entry requirement for students to access and complete A Level study. The entry requirement is based on the final grades achieved in GCSE examinations or GCSE equivalent examinations.

Students are expected to take 3 A Level subjects and the Extended Project Qualification. In order to do this, students must achieve:

a) 40 points from their 9 best GCSE subjects or equivalent qualifications

b) A minimum of 3 grade 6s in GCSE subjects or grades of the same standard in equivalent qualifications

c) A grade 6 or 7 (or above) at GCSE or grades of the same standard in equivalent qualifications in each of the subjects to be studied, or in a related subject where applicable, as outlined below.

All reformed GCSEs will have grades given as numbers [1 – 9] with a points score equivalent to the grade, so a 5 in English Language will carry 5 points.

Students wishing to study 4 A Level subjects should have demonstrated a particular talent in one or more subject areas as well as the potential to cope with the additional workload. They should exceed the minimum points entry requirement for the Sixth Form and exceed the minimum
grade-based entry for the subjects that they wish to study.

It is possible to study some subjects at A Level that you may not have studied at GCSE.

Subject

Students must meet one of the requirements listed for each subject to be taken:

Art

· Grade 6 in GCSE Art

· Grade 5 in GCSE Art and a grade 6 in GCSE Photography or Graphic Communication

Photography

· Grade 6 in GCSE Photography

· Grade 5 in GCSE Photography and a grade 6 in GCSE Art or Graphic Communication

· If Photography was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 in a related subject

Business Studies

· Grade 6 in GCSE Business Studies

· Grade 5 in GCSE Business Studies and a grade 6 in GCSE English or Mathematics
· Merit in BTEC Business Studies.

· If Business Studies was not studied in KS4, then a grade 6 in a related subject

Design Engineering

· Grade 6 in GCSE Electronics or GCSE Product Design

· Grade 5 in GCSE Electronics or with GCSE Product Design a grade 6 in GCSE Maths or Physics or in Combined Science

· If Electronics or Product Design were not studied in KS4, then a grade 6 in a related subject

Graphics

· Grade 6 in GCSE Graphic Communication

· Grade 5 in GCSE Graphic Communication and a grade 6 in GCSE Art, Photography or a Design and Technology subject

· If Graphic Products was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 in a related subject

Product Design

· Grade 6 in a GCSE Design and Technology subject

· Grade 5 in a GCSE Design and Technology subject and a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics or Science or English

· If Design and Technology was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 in a related subject

Textiles

· Grade 6 in GCSE Textiles

· Grade 5 in GCSE Textiles and a grade 6 in GCSE Art, Photography or a Design and Technology subject

· If Textiles was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 in a related subject

Drama and Theatre Studies

· Grade 6 in GCSE Drama

· Grade 5 in GCSE Drama and a grade 6 in GCSE English

· If Drama was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 in a related subject

English Language and Literature

· Grade 6 in English Language

· Grade 6 in English Literature

English Literature

· Grade 6 in English Language

· Grade 6 in English Literature

Geography

· Grade 6 in GCSE Geography

· Grade 5 in GCSE Geography and a grade 6 in English or a Science or Humanities subject

· If Geography was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 in a related subject

History

· Grade 6 in GCSE History

· Grade 5 in GCSE History and a grade 6 in English or a Humanities subject

· If History was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 in a related subject

Government & Politics

· Grade 6 in GCSE History

· Grade 5 in GCSE History and a grade 6 in English or a Humanities subject

· If History was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 in a related subject

Computer Science

· Grade 6 in Computer Science

· Grade 5 in Computer Science and a grade 6 in Mathematics or Physics or in Combined Science

Mathematics

· Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics (Grade 7 recommended)

Further Mathematics

· Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics (Grade 8 recommended)

Note: Further Mathematics is studied in addition to A Level Mathematics and is a more demanding course.

Modern Languages:

French
Spanish

· Grade 6 at GCSE in each language to be studied at A level

· For students wishing to take French and Spanish at A level but who have only studied one language to GCSE level the entry requirement will be a Grade 7 in that language at GCSE and a Merit in FCSE in the second language.

Music

· Grade 6 in GCSE Music

· Grade 5 in GCSE Music and ABRSM Grade 6 practical and Grade 5 theory

· Grade 5 in GCSE Music and a grade 6 in Mathematics, English or History

Music Technology

· Grade 6 in GCSE Music

· Grade 5 in GCSE Music and a grade 6 or equivalent in Mathematics, English or an IT subject

· If Music was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 or equivalent in a related subject

Physical Education

· Grade 6 in GCSE Physical Education

· Grade 5 in GCSE Physical Education and a grade 6 in Biology or Chemistry or in Combined Science

· If PE was not studied at GCSE, then a grade 6 in a related subject

Psychology

· GCSE Grade 6 in Full Course GCSE Religious Studies

(Grade 6 in Science recommended)

Philosophy & Ethics

· GCSE Grade 6 in Full Course GCSE Religious Studies

· GCSE Grade 5 in Full Course GCSE Religious Studies and a grade 6 in English or a Humanities subject

Sociology

· GCSE Grade 6 in Full Course GCSE Religious Studies

· GCSE Grade 5 in Full Course GCSE Religious Studies and a grade 6 in English or a Humanities subject

Science:


Biology
Chemistry
Physics

· Grade 6 at GCSE in each Science to be studied at A level

· Grade 6-6 in GCSE Combined Science for entry onto one or two A level Science subjects

· Grade 6-6 in GCSE Combined Science and grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics for entry onto all three Science subjects

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