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.
SubjectStrongly recommended GCSE grade requirementMinimum GCSE grade requirementAwarding 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 & DesignGrade 6 in ArtGrade 5 in ArtAQA
Biology2 x Grade 7 in dual award science or in two science single subjects Grade 6 in Mathematics and EnglishYou should have at least 2 x Grade 6 in the new GCSE Dual Award (Trilogy) or at least a Grade 6 in GCSE biology. In addition a Grade 5  in GCSE mathematics and a Grade 5 in English Language or English LiteratureAQA
Business StudiesGrade 6 in English Language and MathematicsGrade 5 in English Language or English Literature and MathematicsAQA
Business Languages Certificate (Level 2)
Chemistry2 x Grade 7 in dual award science or in two science single subjects Grade 6 in Mathematics and EnglishYou should have at least 2 x Grade 6 in the new GCSE Dual Award (Trilogy) or Grade 6 in GCSE chemistry and a Grade 5 in GCSE English language or English literature and mathematics.AQA
Computer ScienceGrade 6 in MathematicsAQA
Core MathsGrade 4 in MathematicsAQA
Drama & Theatre StudiesGrade 6 in English Language or English LiteratureGrade 5 in English Language or English LiteratureAQA
EconomicsGrade 6 in MathematicsGrade 5 is required in either GCSE English Language or English Literature or Geography or History. In addition, a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics is required.OCR
English LanguageGrade 6 in English LanguageGrade 5 in English LanguageAQA
English Literature Grade 6 in English LiteratureGrade 5 in English LiteratureOCR
Enterprise & EntrepreneurshipGrade 5 in English Language and MathematicsGrade 4 in English Language or English LiteraturePearson (BTEC)
Extended Project Qualification (Level 3)
Fashion & TextilesB grade in a Technology subjectC grade in Textiles or Product Design or grade 5 in ArtOCR
Food Science and NutritionGrade 5 or above at GCSE in Food Technology or 2 x grade 4 in sciences with an interest in food.WJEC (Diploma)
FrenchGrade 6 in FrenchGrade 5 in French Grade 5 in English LanguageAQA
Geography

Grade 6 in Geography

Grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics

Grade 5 in Geography

Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics

AQA
GermanGrade 6 in GermanGrade 5 in German Grade 5 in English LanguageAQA
Government & PoliticsGrade 6 in English Language or English LiteratureGrade 5 in English Language or English LiteratureEdexcel
Graphic CommunicationsB grade in a Technology subject or grade 6 in ArtC grade in a technology subject or grade 5 in ArtOCR
HistoryGrade 6 in History and grade 6 in English LanguageGrade 5 in History (if studied). Grade 5 in English Language or English LiteratureAQA
Information Technology Grade 5 in English Language and MathematicsGrade 4 GCSE or above in English Language

Pearson

(BTEC)

Law (Applied) BTECGrade 4 in GCSE English language and literature.

Pearson

(BTEC)

MathematicsGrade 7 in MathematicsGrade 6 in MathematicsEdexcel
Mathematics – FurtherGrade 8 in MathematicsGrade 7 in MathematicsEdexcel
Media StudiesGrade 6 in English languageGrade 5 or above in English Language. In addition, students who have studied Media Studies at GCSE level are required to have achieved at least a Grade C.AQA
Music

Grade 6 in Music

Grade 5 on an instrument and theory

Students are required to have achieved at least a Grade 5 in GCSE music and Grade 4 in an instrument and theory (or equivalent). Grade 5 is required for the full A level course.   However, it is recommended that students have achieved a Grade A at GCSE music.AQA
Music TechnologyGrade 6 in MusicGrade 5 in Music (not essential) Ability to read and write musicEdexcel
PEGrade in 6 PE Grade 6 in English Language and a scienceGrade 6 at GCSE level Physical Education. Grade 5 at English language and in a science.OCR
PhilosophyGrade 6 in English Language and English LiteratureGrade 5 in English Literature and a Grade 4 in English Language (or vice versa)AQA
PhotographyGrade 5 in Art or C grade in a Technology subjectAQA
Physics2 x Grade 7 in dual award science or in two science single subjects Grade 6 in Mathematics and EnglishYou should have at least 2 x Grade 6 in the new GCSE Dual Award (Trilogy) or Grade 6 in GCSE physics and a Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or English Literature and mathematicsAQA
Product DesignB grade in a technology subjectGrade C in a Technology subject or grade 5 in ArtAQA
Psychology2 x Grade 6 in dual award science or in two science single subjects Grade 5 in Mathematics and EnglishYou should have at least 1 Grade 6 and 1 Grade 5 in the new GCSE Dual Award (Trilogy) or 1 Grade 6 in biology and a Grade 5 in GCSE English language and mathematicsAQA
SociologyGrade 6 in English Language and English LiteratureGrade 5 or above in English language and Grade 4 English literature (or vice versa)AQA
SpanishGrade 6 in SpanishGrade 5 in Spanish Grade 5 in English LanguageAQA
Sport – National Extended CertificateGrade 5 in English Language and MathematicsSixth form entry requirementsPearson (BTEC)
Sport – National Extended DiplomaGrade 5 in English Language and MathematicsSixth form entry requirementsPearson (BTEC)