Course availability & entry requirements

Idsall Sixth Form offers a range of courses. The decision about which is more appropriate for you will depend on the grades you achieve at GCSE level.

The School reserves the right not to offer a course if the student numbers are too low.

A-Levels and BTEC Courses

  • Students must achieve a grade total of at least 8 in English Language and Mathematics, with no grade less than a 4.
  • Students must have an average points score (APS) of 4.5 or higher.
  • Most A-Levels require a grade 5 at GCSE or M2 at BTEC in that subject. However, some subjects, such as Maths, Further Maths, the Sciences and English Literature, require a Grade 6 at GCSE. Please check the specific requirements for each subject at A-Level and BTEC.
  • If you have not studied the A-Level or BTEC subject at GCSE, then there may be other grades used to decide entry. Feel free to get in touch if you have a specific query about this.
  • If a student wishes to study A-Levels alongside any BTEC qualification they must achieve the minimum requirements to study A-Levels and the criteria for the specific BTEC.

A-Level Courses

Idsall Sixth Form Centre offers a range of subjects at A-Levels, combinations of which can be chosen to prepare students for training and employment, or entry to courses currently on offer at Universities. A-Level courses involve two years of full time study.

A-Level Subjects (please click on each subject to learn more)

Art & Design Geography
Biology History
Business Studies Maths
Chemistry Physical Education
Computer Science Physics
Economics Psychology
English Language  Sociology 
Extended Project Qualification

Extension to A-Level Studies

Extended Project Qualification

Students may choose to take the Extended Project Qualification as an extension from studies for any other qualifications at Level 3 (GCE (A-Level), BTEC, NVQ, other academic or vocational qualifications including Modern Apprenticeships.

The Extended Project will develop and extend from one or more of the student’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the student(s) and agreed as appropriate by the centre.

BTEC

  • Students must achieve a grade total of at least 8 in English Language and Mathematics, with no grade less than a 4.
  • Students must achieve 3 other grade 4s or equivalent in any other subjects.
  • If a student has studied the subject at GCSE level they are expected to achieve a grade 5 or equivalent.

Level 2 Qualifications in our Skills Centre

  • Students must achieve a grade total of at least 5 in English and Mathematics, with no grade less than a 2.
  • Successful applicants must also have a reference that communicates they have a good attitude to learning, good behaviour, and a good attendance record.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a hardworking attitude and enthusiasm for the subject. If applicants do not achieve grade 4s in English and Mathematics they will have to continue studying these with enthusiasm during the course.

Vocational BTEC Level 3 Courses (please click on each subject to learn more)

Business Studies ICT
Construction (Maintenance Operations) Sport
Health & Social Care Sport (Diploma)

 

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