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Subjects and Admissions Criteria

  • Students must have a minimum point score of 5.5 or above for their best 8 GCSE subjects.
  • Please use the following when calculating average point score
    • For all subjects use the number of the grade you achieved e.g. 8=8, 7=7
    • For any subject still awarding letters grades (A*=8, A=7, B=6, C=5, D=4, E=3)
    • BTEC subjects (Distinction star= 8, Distinction=7, Merit=5.5, Pass=4)
  • Students must have at least a GCSE grade 5 or above in Maths and English 
  • In addition many subjects will have a further admission requirement of grade B/6 or higher in the subject. Some subjects have additional entry criteria; these are listed in the table.

Subject

Additional GCSE Criteria

Accounting and Finance*

6 in Maths

Art

6 (Can show evidence through art portfolio if not previously studied)

Biology

At least 1 grade 7 and 1 grade 6 Science (triple science students must have a minimum grade 6 in the subject they wish to study)

Business Studies*

B in Business Studies or 6 in English

Chemistry 6 in Maths and at least 1 grade 7 and 1 grade 6 in Science (triple science students must have a minimum grade 6 in the subject they wish to study)

Computer Science*

6 in Computer Science or 6 in Maths and 66 in Science

Drama and Theatre Studies

6 (Students can audition if they have not already studied Drama)

Economics*

6 in English and 6 in Maths

English Language/Literature*

6

English Literature*

6

French

6 (7 grade desirable)

Further Maths

8 in Maths (must be studied with A level Maths)

Geography

6

History 6

Maths

7

Music

B (or at least grade 5 in RABSM)

Physical Education

6 in PE and 6+5 in Science (this must include Chemistry and Biology) Students must  to show evidence of involvement in sport outside school

Physics

6 in Maths and at least 1 grade 7 and 1 grade 6 in Science (triple science students must have a minimum grade 6 in the subject they wish to study)

Politics* 6 in English or 6 in RE, History or Geography

Product Design- Graphics

B in Graphics or Product Design (Can show evidence through art portfolio if not previously studied)

Product Design- Textiles

B (Can show evidence through art portfolio if not previously studied)

Psychology*

6 in English  and at least one 6 in Science

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics*

6 in English or 6 in RE, History or Geography

Sociology*

6 in English or 6 in RE, History or Geography

Spanish

6 (7 grade desirable)

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Grade 5 in Maths and English, Grades 55 in Science Average point score of 5 from best 8 GCSEs
BTEC Level 3 Double Award Business Studies

Grade 5 in Maths and English
Average point score of 5 from best 8 GCSEs

*Due to the changes in the grading structure at GCSE we will consider each student’s application on an individual basis. Students who achieve a high 5 in English or Maths would be considered for entry into the Sixth Form.