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.
For a 3 A Level or BTEC (National Award/Diploma) course, students must achieve 5 GCSE passes at grades at equivalent to 4-9 (including English GCSE at a 4 grade equivalent). Students may retake Maths GCSE if they did not achieve a C grade equivalent.
For a 4 A Level or BTEC (National Award/Diploma) course, students must achieve 7 GCSE passes at grades at equivalent to 4-9 including 3 grade 5 equivalents (including English and Maths GCSE at grade 4 equivalent).
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 4 equivalent or above in English and Maths is required.
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.
- Whilst most A Level courses allow entry with a GCSE grade 4 equivalent, for some subjects a grade 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
|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 4 equivalent if taking Level 3)|
|Art and Design||Art 4 grade|
|Biology||Core Science, Additional Science, Further Additional Science 5-5 or Biology 5 plus Maths 4 and English Language 4 equivalents|
|Business||English Language 4 equivalent and Business Studies 4, if this has been taken at GCSE; Maths 4 equivalent is also desirable, but not essential|
|Chemistry||Core Science, Additional Science, Further Additional Science 5-5 or Chemistry 5 plus Maths 4 and English Language 4 equivalents|
|Computer Science||GCSE Computing 4 and GCSE Maths 4 equivalent|
|Drama and Theatre Studies||English Language 4 equivalent and Drama 4|
|English Language and Literature||English Language 4 and English Literature 5 equivalents|
|English Literature||English Language 5 and English Literature 5 equivalents|
|Further Mathematics||Mathematics 7 equivalent|
|Geography||Geography 4, if this has been taken at GCSE and English and Maths 4 equivalents|
|German||German GCSE Grade 4|
|Health and Social Care||English Language 4, Maths and Science 4 equivalents|
|History||History 4, if this has been taken at GCSE|
|IT||English Language 4, Maths 4 equivalents|
|Mathematics||Mathematics 7 equivalent|
|Media Studies||Media 4 if this has been taken at GCSE and English Language 4 equivalent|
|Music RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners||BTEC First Award Music or GCSE Music 4|
|Photography||A creative subject: 4 grade|
|Physical Education||Physical Education 4 and any two GCSE Sciences 4|
|Physics||Core Science, Additional Science, Further Additional Science 5-5 or Physics 5 plus Maths 4 and English Language 4 equivalents|
|Politics||English Language 4 equivalent|
|Product Design||Graphic Products 4 or Product Design 4|
|Psychology||Science 4 and English Language 4 equivalent|
|Sociology||English Language 4 equivalent|