Entry Requirements

There are several Pathways through the Sixth Form. Which Pathway you take will depend on your achievements in Year 11 and your intentions for education after Sixth Form. You must meet the entry requirements for the Pathway and specific subjects that you wish to follow.


According to the entry requirements below, students are offered a specific Pathway;


Pathway 1:

At least eight GCSEs grades 9-5

(minimum of six grade 7 or above) 

Students can opt to do 4 A Levels or 3 A Levels and EPQ  

Pathway 2:

At least eight GCSEs grades 9-4

(minimum of four grade 5 or above)

Students study 3 A Levels

Pathway 3:

At least eight GCSEs grades 9-4

(with fewer than four at grade 5)

Students study two Level 3 BTEC qualifications and can study one A Level or a further Level 3 equivalent qualification.

Pathway 4:

At least five GCSEs grades 9-4

(including grade 4 in English or Maths)

Students study three Level 3 BTEC qualifications and may also retake GCSE Maths or English if they have not achieved a 4 in one or the other.

Pathway 5:

Fewer than five GCSEs grades 9-4

(below grade 4 in Maths and English Language)

Students follow the Level 2 Courses and retake both GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics.


In addition to meeting the above requirements to follow each Pathway, students must also meet the entry requirements for each subject they intend to study. You must meet the higher of the two entry criteria, between the schools, depending on where your lessons will be taught.

Once students have been allocated a Pathway, they can then choose the subject they would like to study within the Pathway course. There are a number of courses on which students can enrol provided they have demonstrated their academic ability at Key Stage 4 – even if they have not taken the subject at Key Stage 4. In practical terms, this means that a student can enrol on some courses without having a GCSE qualification in them.


Thought for the Week
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