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.

Pathway 1

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.

Pathway 2

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).

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 4 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 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
SubjectEntry Requirements
A2AEntry by interview and evidence of commitment to course of study
Aspiration AcademiesEntry by interview, references and evidence of past experience of successfully pursuing specified interest (English at Grade 4 equivalent if taking Level 3)
Art and DesignArt 4 grade
BiologyCore Science, Additional Science, Further Additional Science 5-5 or Biology 5 plus Maths 4 and English Language 4 equivalents
BusinessEnglish Language 4 equivalent and Business Studies 4, if this has been taken at GCSE; Maths 4 equivalent is also desirable, but not essential
ChemistryCore Science, Additional Science, Further Additional Science 5-5 or Chemistry 5 plus Maths 4 and English Language 4 equivalents
Computer ScienceGCSE Computing 4 and GCSE Maths 4 equivalent
Drama and Theatre StudiesEnglish Language 4 equivalent and Drama 4
English Language and Literature English Language 4 and English Literature 5 equivalents
English LiteratureEnglish Language 5 and English Literature 5 equivalents
Further MathematicsMathematics 7 equivalent
GeographyGeography 4, if this has been taken at GCSE and English and Maths 4 equivalents
GermanGerman GCSE Grade 4
Health and Social CareEnglish Language 4, Maths and Science 4 equivalents
HistoryHistory 4, if this has been taken at GCSE
ITEnglish Language 4, Maths 4 equivalents
MathematicsMathematics 7 equivalent
Media StudiesMedia 4 if this has been taken at GCSE and English Language 4 equivalent
Music RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music PractitionersBTEC First Award Music or GCSE Music 4
PhotographyA creative subject: 4 grade
Physical EducationPhysical 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
PoliticsEnglish Language 4 equivalent
Product DesignGraphic Products 4 or Product Design 4
PsychologyScience 4 and English Language 4 equivalent
SociologyEnglish Language 4 equivalent
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