Our aim is to ensure pupils play to their strengths, enjoy their A-level studies and are successful as they progress beyond their A-level studies. We consider each pupil on a case-by-case basis and, as such, we will discuss the best options and combinations that will allow for progression post A-level.
For automatic entry onto A-level Maths, a grade 8 at GCSE is required. For automatic entry on A-level Science courses, a grade 8 at GCSE Maths and the relevant Science subject is required. Those who don’t achieve a grade 8 may only be permitted onto their chosen courses after discussion with a member of SLT.
In order for students to gain automatic entry onto any other A-level subjects, they are required to achieve at least a grade 7 at GCSE in the relevant subject.
For subjects which are new at A-level, the following GCSE grades will be used as the best indicators for potential success in the subject and therefore are required for automatic entry:
■ For Economics and Psychology, grade 7 in Maths and either English Literature or Language. In addition for Psychology, a grade 7 in a Science GCSE is also desirable.
■ For Sociology, a grade 6 in either English Literature or Language.
■ For Business, a grade 6 in Maths and either English Literature or Language.
■ For Classical Civilisation, History of Art, Philosophy and Politics, a grade 7 in either English Literature or Language or History.
■ For Computer Science, a grade 7 in Maths.
■ For Photography, a grade 7 in Art or Art Photography. Any applicants without an Art or Art Photography GCSE will need to demonstrate potential and interest through submitting a portfolio and an interview with a member of the department.
■ For Design Technology, a grade 7 in Maths, Physics or Art. Any applicants without a DT GCSE will need to demonstrate potential and interest and will be invited to an interview with a member of the department.