Courses

Sixth Form Course Entry Requirements

Updated 11th November 2015

Subject

Specific Entry Requirements

Note

Art & Design

B in Art preferable, C required.  Anyone studying BTEC Art should be directed towards Photography.

Can be accepted on to the course with a portfolio of work if not previously studied.

Biology

Separate Science preferred with a minimum of a B grade in all GCSE Biology units required. Minimum of B in Maths and C in English required. Students without Separate Science must have A grades in both Core and Additional Biology units.

 

Business

Students should have achieved a Grade C or above in GCSE English and GCSE Maths. Students who have previously studied Business Studies should have achieved at least a grade B or above at GCSE level or a Distinction or above on a BTEC Level 2 course.

 

Business Studies
BTEC

C grades in English and Maths + 3 other Cs at GCSE.  C in Bus GCSE or if BTEC prefer Distinction (may accept merit). 

BTEC – can be 1 or 2 year course (as AS/A2).  NB RG universities prefer Economics.

Chemistry

Separate Science preferred with a minimum of a B grade in all GCSE Chemistry units required. Minimum of B in Maths and C in English required. Students without Separate Science must have A grades in both Core and Additional Chemistry units.

 

Computer Science

Minimum of five GCSEs above grade C; there is a requirement for Mathematics at grade A, and, if studied previously, Computer Science GCSE at grade B or above

Good knowledge and understanding of Maths is essential

Classics

Minimum of C grade in both English Language and Literature

Prefer B in English

Drama & Theatre Studies

Minimum of C in English.  C in at least one Arts subject (not humanities)

 

Economics

Preference for B grades in English, Maths and (if taken) Business Studies, as well as grade C or above in at least three other subjects.

Harder than Business Studies

English Literature

Must have CC in English / Literature, although B grades are preferred. Can’t do with Single English.

 

Geography

C in Geography at GCSE.  It Geography not taken at GCSE then preference for 5 grades at B or better.

Compulsory trip c£260 (Bursary may be available)

Government & Politics

A-C passes in English and relevant humanities if taken.

 

Health & Social Care BTEC

Students who have studied 21st century Science should have a minimum of grade C in both GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science (or equivalent if students have studied other GCSE courses). Students who study BTEC Level 2 Science will need to have achieved a Merit. A minimum of C grade in Maths GCSE and a C grade in English GCSE are also expected.

 

History

C in History if taken.  It History not taken at GCSE then preference for 5 grades at B or better.

 

ICT – BTEC

Minimum of 5 grades at C or above including Maths or English Language. Must also have passed CIDA Level 2 with at least a merit, or GCSE ICT with a C or above.

 

Mathematics

A*/A required. 

 

Maths Further

A*/A required, as well as 5 A*-C grades in other subjects.

A* is recommended for anyone considering this course.

Media Studies

C or above required in English and Media Studies (if taken).

Online learning module must be completed over the summer if not studied before

MFL - French

B in French.

 

MFL - Spanish

B in Spanish.

 

MFL - Turkish

C or above in GCSE Turkish.

Must be taken as a fourth or fifth AS.

Music

C in Music or Grade 5 in instrument or voice and ability to read musical notation.

 

Music BTEC courses

Have previously studied music (at GCSE or BTEC) and have strong performance / music technology skills.

Performance and Technology can be taken as single qualifications or together.  Can be 1 year or 2.

Photography

Prefer B in Art or DT at GCSE.  C required.

Can be accepted on to the course with a portfolio of work if not prev studied.

Physical Education
BTEC

Cs in all Sciences studied, English and Maths essential.  Preferable to have studied PE at KS4, and gained either a C at GCSE or Merit at Btec Level 2.

Strong science skills needed.

Physics

Separate Science preferred with a minimum of a B grade in all GCSE Physics units required. Minimum of B in Maths and C in English required. Students without Separate Science must have A grades in both Core and Additional Physics units.

Recommended that students have A grades in both Maths and Physics GCSE

 

Product Design – 3D Design

Prefer B / require C in Product Design, textiles, graphics or Resistant materials.

Written skills important

Product Design- Textiles

Prefer B / require C in Textiles and / or Art. Minimum of C grade in Art or Design Technology is required of all students.

Written skills important

Psychology

5 A*-C grades including English and Maths. Students must have at least 2 B grades in recognised Sciences.

 

Religious Studies

Minimum of C in English, although B or above strongly preferred. Minimum of C in RS if taken.

 

Sociology

5 A*-C grades including English and a humanities subject.

Written skills important

Science (Applied)
BTEC

C grades in both GCSE Core and Additional Science (or equivalents). Students who have studied BTEC level 2 Science will need to have achieved at least a Merit.  Minimum of Cs in Maths and English are also expected.

Can be 1 year or 2.

This is a brief summary - more detailed entry requirements can be found on the course descriptions page here.