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Stepping up to Sixth Form study is both challenging and exciting. It requires you to have secured a successful study record and to have a genuine motivation to learn. We wish to remain an open and inclusive Sixth Form; most importantly we wish to see you enrolled on an appropriate course, set for success. Innate curiosity, zest for learning and an appetite for challenge and discovery are always desirable. Students wishing to follow Level 3 courses (BTEC Nationals and AS and A Levels) should have a minimum of 5 A*-C grades in 5 different GCSE subjects (including Maths and English at 4 or higher). Evidence shows that students need to have successfully secured a variety of skills, through a range of learning experiences, to successfully meet the challenges of Advanced Level Study. Our A Level programme acknowledges the challenges that different subjects present. Some are harder than others. Because of this, many of our subjects carry additional entry criteria and you are advised to look closely at the Sixth Form Curriculum and Entry Requirements document for further guidance on the additional requirements for studying a specific subject. We look closely at your examination results and will advise you to follow courses in which your chances of success are greatly enhanced. Our current policy is for all students to follow four courses of study in Year 12. However, we continue to review this policy. Additionally our decision to deliver AS courses leading to examination in Year 12 remains under review.
Progression into Year 13
Sixth Form students are expected to pass three or more AS and/ or BTEC courses in Year 12 before they can progress into Year 13. A pass at AS level is graded from A-E; BTEC courses are graded at Distinction*, Distinction, Merit and Pass levels.