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Transition arrangements

To study a course of AS levels you will be expected to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements in your chosen subjects (or a related one - see details in subject section) at GCSE. You will be expected to achieve a minimum of five grades C or above, including English and mathematics. In addition, before accepting you onto an advanced level programme we will take into account your average GCSE points score. You should be aiming for a score in excess of 5 to give you a good basis for success at A Level. You can calculate your GCSE point score as shown below:


A*8 pointsE3 points


We would not start you on an A-level course where you did not have a good chance of success.

Your behaviour and attitude in Year 11 will also be taken into account in considering your application to join the Sixth Form. We welcome almost all of our students back because they have worked to deadlines, behaved well and will be good role models for younger students. If you do not have such a reputation, your application is unlikely to be successful.

If, at the end of Year 12, you achieve an E grade in at least 3 of your AS subjects then you should be permitted to continue into Year 13 to study A2 level subjects. The majority of students only move on to Year 13 if they are studying for a full programme of 3 A-levels. Exceptions will be discussed with the Head of Sixth Form and only agreed where there is a valid reason and a clear progression to access a future pathway.

As part of our programme of developing key skills, students must re-sit English and mathematics GCSE in Year 12, additional revision sessions are timetabled to support this process.

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