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.
  4. 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 English

Minimum of two Grades at 6 in GCSE combined science (dual award)

or

Grade 6 in GCSE biology and Grade 6 in either GCSE chemistry and GCSE physics.

In addition a Grade 5 in GCSE mathematics and a Grade 5 in English language or English literature

AQA
BusinessGrade 6 in English language and mathematicsGrade 5 in English language or English literature and mathematicsAQA
Chemistry2 x Grade 7 in dual award science or in two science single subjects
Grade 6 in mathematics and English

Minimum of two Grades at 6 in GCSE combined science (dual award)

or

Grade 6 in GCSE chemistry and Grade 6 in either GCSE biology and GCSE physics.

In addition a Grade 5 in GCSE mathematics and a Grade 5 in English language or English literature

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 in English language or English literature or geography or history.
Grade 5 in mathematics
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 QualificationSixth form entry requirementsPearson (Edexcel)
Fashion & TextilesB Grade in a technology subjectGrade 5 in textiles or product design   or Grade 5 in art
Food Science and NutritionGrade 5 in food technology or 2 x Grade 4 in science(s)WJEC
(Diploma)
FrenchGrade 6 in FrenchGrade 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
GermanGrade 6 in GermanGrade 5 in German
Grade 5 in English language
AQA
Government & PoliticsGrade 6 in English language or English literatureGrade 5 in English language or English literatureEdexcel
HistoryGrade 6 in History and Grade 6 in English languageGrade 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

Grade 4 GCSE or above in English language

Pearson

(BTEC)

Law – BTEC Extended CertificateGrade 6 in English language or English literatureGrade 4 in English language and English 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 in English language. Students who have studied media studies at GCSE level are required to have achieved at least a Grade 5.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
Physical EducationGrade in 6 PE
Grade 6 in English language and a science
Grade 6 in PE
Grade 5 in English language and a science
AQA
PhilosophyGrade 6 in English language and English literatureGrade 5 in English language and Grade 4 in English literature (or vice versa)AQA
Photography Grade 5 in GCSE art or Grade 5 in a technology subjectAQA
Physics2 x Grade 7 in dual award science or in two science single subjects
Grade 6 in mathematics and English

Minimum of two Grades at 6 in GCSE combined science (dual award)

or

Grade 6 in GCSE physics and Grade 6 in either GCSE biology and GCSE chemistry.

In addition a Grade 5 in GCSE mathematics and a Grade 5 in English language or English literature

AQA
Product DesignGrade 6 in a technology subjectGrade 5 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 English
1 Grade 6 and 1 Grade 5 in the new GCSE dual award (trilogy) or 1 Grade 6 in biology plus at least one other Grade 5 from GCSE chemistry or GCSE physics and a Grade 5 in GCSE English language and mathematicsAQA
SociologyGrade 6 in English language and English literatureGrade 5 in English language and Grade 4 in English literature (or vice versa)AQA
SpanishGrade 6 in SpanishGrade 5 in Spanish
Grade 5 in English language
AQA

Sport – National Extended Certificate

Sport – National Extended Diploma

Grade 5 in English language and mathematicsSixth form entry requirementsPearson
(BTEC)