Sixth Form Curriculum
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 A*- C. This must include at least four full course GCSEs. Within the new 1-9 grading system for Mathematics and English, a grade 4 will be counted as the equivalent of a C grade.
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 ‘C’ grade (or equivalent) in the subject they wish to study at Level 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 ‘C’ grade 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||CC grades in dual award science or in two science single subjects. Grade 4 in English and Mathematics.||
|Art & Design||B grade in Art||C grade in Art||AQA|
|Biology||A/A* grades in Sciences and grade 6 in Mathematics and English||BB grades in dual award science or in two Science single subjects (to include the subject opted for). Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.||AQA|
|Business Studies||Grade 6 in Mathematics/English||Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.||AQA|
|Chemistry||A/A* grades in Sciences and grade 6 in Mathematics and English Language.||BB grades in dual award science or in two Science single subjects (to include the subject opted for). Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.||AQA|
|Computer Science||Grade 6 in Mathematics||AQA|
|Core Maths||Grade 4 in Mathematics||AQA|
|Drama & Theatre Studies||Grade 6 in English Literature or English Language. C grade in Drama.||Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.||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 7 in English language||Grade 6 in English Language and grade 5 in English Literature at GCSE (if studied)||AQA|
|English Literature||Grade 7 in English Literature||Grade 6 in English Literature and grade 5 in English language||OCR|
|Enterprise & Entrepreneurship||Grade 5 in English language and Mathematics||Grade 4 in English Language||
|Fashion & Textiles||B grade in a technology subject||C grade in a technology subject or in Art||OCR|
|Food Science and Nutrition||C grade in Food technology or CC grades in Science||
|French||A grade in French||B grade in French. Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.||AQA|
|Geography||B grade in Geography||
C grade in Geography.
Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.
|German||A grade in German||B grade in German. Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.||AQA|
|Govt & Politics||Grade 6 in English Language||
Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.
C grade in History (if studied at GCSE)
|Graphic Comms||B grade in a technology subject or Art||C grade in a technology subject or Art||OCR|
|History: 16th & 20th Century||A grade in History and grade 6 in English language||B grade in History (not essential). Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.||AQA|
|Information Technology||Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.||Sixth form entry requirements.||
|Law||Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature.||Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature.||AQA|
|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 and Mathematics.||AQA|
|Music||A grade in music; Grade 5 on an instrument and theory.||B grade in music; Grade 4 on an instrument and theory.||AQA|
|Music Technology||B grade in music||C grade in music (not essential); ability to read and write music||Edexcel|
|PE||A grade in PE; Grade 6 in English and Biology||C grade in PE. Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.||OCR|
|Philosophy||Grade 6 in English literature and English Language.||Grade 5 in English Literature.||AQA|
|Photography||C grade in Art or Art endorsed subject||AQA|
|Physics||A/A* grades in sciences and grade 7 in Mathematics and English Language.||BB grades in dual award science or in two science single subjects (to include the subject opted for). Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.||AQA|
|Product Design||B grade in a technology subject||C grade in a technology subject||AQA|
|Psychology||Grade 6 in Mathematics and English Language.||BB grades in dual award science or in two science single subjects. Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.||AQA|
|Sociology||Grade 6 in English Language.||Grade 5 in English Language.||AQA|
|Spanish||A grade in Spanish.||B grade in Spanish. Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.||AQA|
Sport – National
|Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.||Sixth form entry requirements.||