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A Levels Explained:

The majority of A-Levels are now linear, which means that students will be externally examined at the end of the two year course. It is still possible to gain an AS qualification in a subject after one year, however this will need to be by negotiation with the Head of Department. An AS is now only worth 40% of the final A-Level. A-Levels are marked on an A*-E grading system.


Business and Technology Council qualifications (BTEC) and Cambridge Technical qualifications (CAMTEC) are work related and competency-based. They provide a high quality alternative to A-Levels with a variety of subjects to choose from. Students are assessed using different methods that include practical work, coursework and exams. Students are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction in these courses with a wide variety of universities accepting these qualifications.

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is a specialist awarding and assessment organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors. Success in this qualification often leads to full time employment within that industry. These qualifications can be taken alongside A-Level subjects.

Entry Requirements:

In order to enrol into the Sixth Form you will need to have achieved a minimum of five Grade 4 passes at GCSE. However, if you wish to study Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Psychology or a Language, you will be better equipped to cope with the demands of these courses if you have achieved at least a Grade 6. Students will be required to resit English and Mathematics, alongside their chosen subjects, at an appropriate level whilst studying in the Sixth Form if you achieved below a Grade 4 at GCSE.

We may consider lower grade entry to enrol on any of the Level 2 Vocational courses, but the decision will be based significantly on any experience you may have had in this area, the results of an interview and your commitment to the course.

Any students not meeting entry requirements will be considered through a personal interview for an alternative programme that is appropriate to their ability and aspirations.