Entry Requirements for 2018

Admission to Leventhorpe Sixth Form September 2018

Leventhorpe Sixth Form is popular with students who attended the school from years 7-11 as well as with applicants from other schools in the area.  We aim to take up to 180 in Year 12 with roughly equal numbers of internal applicants and those from other schools.

Our curriculum is broad, with especially wide choices in the area of business and enterprise specialism.  Our courses are offered at level three only, with the exception of English and Maths GCSE retake (level 2).  We offer A’ Levels, BTEC qualifications, IFS financial qualifications and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

We have a two year structure of study, sometimes known as linear, with examinations taken at the end on the second year.  AS examinations will not usually be taken and teaching schedules will not prepare students with AS examinations in mind.

The expectation for most students is that they will take three principle subjects for two years (some BTEC subjects are “double” and count as two of the three choices) and an enhancement option.  Committed and able mathematicians may wish to add Further Mathematics as a fourth qualification.  We also offer Core Mathematics; the Institute of Financial Studies Financial Literacy Certificate and Diploma and the Extended Project Qualification, which can be added as an enhancement.  Finally, students who have not passed English and Mathematics GCSE to level 4 will have to retake those examinations.  These retakes would be in addition to three main level three qualifications also.

The ethos of our sixth form is welcoming and inclusive, but we are committed to academic excellence and to ensuring that students follow appropriate courses and so we apply admission rules to courses to ensure that applicants have reached a sufficiently firm foundation for success.  We do not have general admission criteria for entry to our sixth form, but instead applicants need to reach specific grades or levels in order to be able to choose particular subjects.  We are a full-time only sixth form and so an applicant has to have the grades to pick three main level three subjects if they are to join us.

In summer 2018 most GCSE subjects will be still be the new grade of 1-9, but there will still be a few that award A*-G as well as vocational qualifications.  The grade equivalency table is below.

GCSE Grade Equivalencies

Entry Requirements for Individual Subjects

Subject Entry Requirement
Art and Design  Grade 6 in GCSE Art
Art Photography  Five or more GCSEs at grade 5
Biology  Grade 6 in GCSE Additional Science or Biology
Business Studies Five or more GCSEs at grade 5
Chemistry Grade 6 in GCSE Additional Science or Chemistry
Computer Science Grade 5 in GCSE Computing (if Computing not taken at GCSE at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths)
Design and Technology – Product Design  Grade B GCSE in any Design and Technology subject or grade 6 in Art
Drama and Theatre Studies  Grade 6 in GCSE Drama (students without GCSE in Drama but with an acting background, may be considered by audition)
Economics  Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
English Language Grade 5 in both GCSE English Language and Literature
English Literature  Grade 5 in both GCSE English Language and Literature
Enterprise (double option - BTEC) Five or more GCSEs at grade 5
Fashion and Textiles Grade B GCSE in Design and Technology Textiles or grade 6 in Art or Art Textiles
French Grade 6 in GCSE French or the ability to speak and write accurately in French
Geography Grade 6 in Geography
Government and Politics  Grade 6 in a GCSE Humanities subject (Geography, History, Philosophy or RS)
History  Grade 6 in GCSE History
ICT - Cambridge Tech Level 3 (single option) Five or more GCSE's at grade 5
Mathematics Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Music Grade B in GCSE Music, and grade 4 (ABRSM or equivalent) standard in a musical instrument/voice, or grade 5 in an instrument/voice and grade 5 (ABRSM or equivalent) standard theory if GCSE music has not been taken. Students need to be able to read notated music to be ready to take A Level Music
Philosophy & Ethics  Grade 6 in GCSE Philosophy or English Language
Physics Grade 6 in GCSE Additional Science or Physics
Psychology Grade 6 in a GCSE science subject
Science BTEC (double option) Five or more GCSEs at grade 5, including at least one grade 5 in a science subject
Sociology Five or more GCSEs at grade 5
Spanish Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish or the ability to speak and write accurately in Spanish
Sport and Exercise BTEC (double option) Grade 6 in GCSE PE or Core, Additional Science or Biology
Additional Fourth Option Subjects (only one may be chosen)
Business Studies A2 AS Pass in Business Studies - only Leventhorpe students are likely to have achieved this in year 11 (one year course)
Core Mathematics Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics
English GCSE (Retake) Must be taken if grade 4 in English Language or English Literature was not achieved
Extended Project Qualification Five or more GCSEs at Grade 5
Financial Studies Five or more GCSEs at Grade 5
Further Maths Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics as well as electing to take A Level Mathematics
Mathematics GCSE (Retake) Must be taken if grade 4 in Mathematics was not achieved

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