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.

Pearson

(BTEC)

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

Pearson

(BTEC)

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

WJEC

(Diploma)

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.

AQA
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)

Edexcel
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.

Pearson

(BTEC)

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

either

Extended Certificate

or Diploma

Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics. Sixth form entry requirements.

Pearson

(BTEC)