Sixth Form Admissions
“Students across the school including in the sixth form receive good impartial advice about where to study, and information about work placements and courses available at different colleges in the local area” - Ofsted 2015
Stream 4: Study Four A-Levels
We encourage our most able and hard-working students to take four A-Levels. For admission to this stream students should have an average GCSE grade of 7 or above (equivalent to the old A or A* grades) in their best eight subjects, which must include English, Maths and Science. Students in this stream will be aiming for a top university such as Oxford or Cambridge, or a prestigious course such as Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.
Stream 3A: Study Three A-Levels (free choice)
Most of our sixth form students take three A-Levels. For admission to this stream students should have an average GCSE grade of 6 or above (equivalent to the old B grade) in their best eight subjects, which must include English, Maths and Science. Students in this stream will be aiming for a good university (i.e. Russell Group) or a competitive course such as Biomedical Science, Engineering or Computer Science.
Stream 3B: Study Three A-Levels (restricted choice)
Many of our students have particular areas of strength that make them suitable for A-Levels but not for the most demanding courses. Students with an average GCSE grade of 5 or above (equivalent to the old C grade) will only be considered for Maths, Physics or Chemistry in exceptional circumstances. Almost all students in this stream will apply to university for a Bachelor’s degree.
Stream 2: Study a full-time BTEC Course
Students who wish to focus on a single subject area can choose from Applied Science, Business, Health & Social Care, or Computer Science. Students with an average GCSE grade of 4 or above (equivalent to the old D grade) will be eligible to study one of these courses at Level 3. If their English or Maths GCSE grade was below a 4 they will also be expected to re-take the GCSE. Some students in this stream will apply to University for a foundation year before enrolling in a Bachelor’s degree; others may choose to apply for an Apprenticeship instead.
Stream 1: Study a Level 2 BTEC Course
Students who have recently arrived in the UK or who struggled in year eleven may need an extra year to achieve their English and Maths GCSEs. Alongside these resit courses they will choose from level 2 BTECs in Business, Health & Social Care, and Computer Science. Upon completion of this one-year course most students progress to Stream 2, and ultimately spend three years in the sixth form before applying for an Apprenticeship or for University