Sixth Form Curriculum

Course Entry Requirements

  1. To access Level 3 courses (A Level or BTEC) at Wilmslow High School students must achieve a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) with grades 4-9 (A*-C). This must include at least four full course GCSEs. Within the new 1-9 grading system for reformed GCSE qualifications, a grade 4 will be counted as the equivalent of a C grade.
  2. Where a student is seeking to study at Level 3 (A Level or BTEC) a subject previously studied at Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) then it is necessary to have attained at least GCSE grade 4 (or equivalent) in the subject they wish to study at Level 3.
  3. In addition, each individual subject area sets out specific minimum course entry requirements. In those cases where there is statistically a greater risk of failure with only a grade 4 or C at GCSE, or where the school offers an alternative qualification pathway, then the minimum GCSE grade requirements may be higher.NOTE – the strongly recommended GCSE grade requirements in the table below are published to help students, parents and carers appreciate the challenge presented by each subject area.
Subject Strongly recommended GCSE grade requirement Minimum GCSE grade requirement Awarding Body
Applied Science   2 x Grade 4 in dual award science or in two science single subjects Grade 4 in English Language or Literature and Mathematics

Pearson

(BTEC)

Art & Design Grade 6 in Art Grade 5 in Art AQA
Biology 2 x Grade 7 in dual award science or in two science single subjects Grade 6 in Mathematics and English 2 x Grade 6 in dual award science or in two science single subjects (to include the subject opted for) Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics. AQA
Business Studies Grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics AQA
Business Languages Certificate (Level 2)
Chemistry 2 x Grade 7 in dual award science or in two science single subjects Grade 6 in Mathematics and English 2 x Grade 6 in dual award science or in two science single subjects (to include the subject opted for). Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics. AQA
Computer Science Grade 6 in Mathematics AQA
Core Maths Grade 4 in Mathematics AQA
Drama & Theatre Studies Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature AQA
Economics Grade 6 in Mathematics Grade 5 in English language or English Literature or Geography or History Grade 5 in Mathematics OCR
English Language Grade 6 in English Language Grade 5 in English Language AQA
English Literature  Grade 6 in English Literature Grade 5 in English Literature OCR
Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics Grade 4 in English Language or English Literature Pearson (BTEC)
Extended Project Qualification (Level 3)
Fashion & Textiles B grade in a Technology subject C grade in Textiles or Product Design or grade 5 in Art OCR
Food Science and Nutrition C grade in Food Technology or 2 x grade 4 in Science(s) WJEC (Diploma)
French Grade 6 in French Grade 5 in French Grade 5 in English Language AQA
Geography

Grade 6 in Geography

Grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics

Grade 5 in Geography

Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics

AQA
German Grade 6 in German Grade 5 in German Grade 5 in English Language AQA
Government & Politics Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature Edexcel
Graphic Communications B grade in a Technology subject or grade 6 in Art C grade in a technology subject or grade 5 in Art OCR
History Grade 6 in History and grade 6 in English Language Grade 5 in History (if studied). Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature AQA
Information Technology Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics Sixth form entry requirements

Pearson

(BTEC)

Law Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature Eduqas
Mathematics Grade 7 in Mathematics Grade 6 in Mathematics Edexcel
Mathematics – Further Grade 8 in Mathematics Grade 7 in Mathematics Edexcel
Media Studies Grade 6 in English language Grade 5 in English Language AQA
Music

Grade 6 in Music

Grade 5 on an instrument and theory

Grade 5 in Music

Grade 4 on an instrument and theory

AQA
Music Technology Grade 6 in Music Grade 5 in Music (not essential) Ability to read and write music Edexcel
PE Grade in 6 PE Grade 6 in English Language and a science Grade 5 in PE Grade 5 in English Language and a science OCR
Philosophy Grade 6 in English Language and English Literature Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature AQA
Photography Grade 5 in Art or C grade in a Technology subject AQA
Physics 2 x Grade 7 in dual award science or in two science single subjects Grade 6 in Mathematics and English 2 x Grade 6 in dual award science or in two science single subjects (to include the subject opted for) Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics AQA
Product Design B grade in a technology subject C grade in a Technology subject AQA
Psychology 2 x Grade 6 in dual award science or in two science single subjects Grade 5 in Mathematics and English 1 Grade 6 + 1 Grade 5 in dual award science or in two science single subjects (to include the subject opted for) Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics AQA
Religious Studies Grade 6 in English Language and English Literature Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature
Sociology Grade 6 in English Language and English Literature Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature AQA
Spanish Grade 6 in Spanish Grade 5 in Spanish Grade 5 in English Language AQA
Sport – National Extended Certificate Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics Sixth form entry requirements Pearson (BTEC)
Sport – National Extended Diploma Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics Sixth form entry requirements Pearson (BTEC)