Pathways

Pathways

Your GCSE results provide an accurate prediction of how you will succeed on courses in the Sixth Form. We offer two pathways to suit your GCSE average points score (APS).

Your likely APS can be calculated by adding up the points for each predicted GCSE grade, and then dividing this figure by the number of GCSEs you are taking. For your convenience we provide a handy calculation guide below.

You can use your predicted average points score (APS) to go to the appropriate tab for the pathway you can study. Please take note of the individual subject entry requirements for each of the subjects you wish to study.

The new reformed subjects GCSE – POINT SCORES

Maths and English Grade 2018 Points
9 9
8 8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1

The new Performed table points - POINT SCORES ( All other grades)

GCSE(BTEC)grade 2018 Points
A*(Distiction*) 8.5
A(Distiction) 7
B(Merit) 5.5
C(Pass) 4
D 3
E 2
F 1.5
G 1

Students on this pathway should select 4 courses initially. We may recommend that you drop one course and study 3 courses, depending upon your GCSE grades, your career choice and the progress you make at the start of your course.

AS/A2 Level Courses

Sixth Form extras for this pathway

  • Careers: Competitive universities programme, including dedicated Academic Tutor. Appropriate students receive Oxbridge support
  • Leadership pathway: Extended project (optional), tailored professional work experience, subject links with more able students in school
  • Maths / English GCSE re-sit mandatory if a C is not achieved

Students on this pathway should select 3 courses initially. We may recommend that you drop one course and study 3 courses, depending upon your GCSE grades, your career choice and the progress you make at the start of your course.

AS/A2 LEVEL COURSES

Sixth Form extras for this pathway

  • Careers:  University and world of work induction programme, other post 18 pathways –  dedicated Academic Tutor
  • Leadership pathway: Work experience and subject link within school based on career choice
  • Maths / English GCSE re-sit mandatory if a C is not achieved
Subject Maths GCSE

 Grade

English Lang GCSE Grade GCSE grades Average GCSE Score
Art and Design 4 in this subject at GCSE 4.0
Biology 5 4 5 grade in GCSE Additional Science or 5 grade in GCSE Biology. To have a high chance of passing a 6 is recommended. 5.5
Business 4 C in this subject at GCSE** 4.0
Chemistry

 

5 4 5 grade in GCSE Additional Science or 5 grade in GCSE Chemistry. To have a high chance of passing a 6 is recommended. 5.5
Computer Science 5 4 5 in this subject or IT at GCSE** 5.5
Drama & Theatre 4 4 in this subject or drama at GCSE 4.0
DT: Product Design(3D) C in this subject (or similar) at GCSE ** 4.0
Economics 5 4 5 in Business at GCSE ** To have a high chance of passing a 6 is recommended. 5.5
English Language 4 4 in Language at GCSE 4.0
English Literature 4 4 grade in BOTH Literature and Language at GCSE 4.0
Geography 4 4 in this subject at GCSE ** 4.0
Government & Politics 4 4.0
Health & Social Care 4 C in this subject at GCSE ** 4.0
History 4 4 in this subject at GCSE ** 4.0
Maths 6 6 in this subject at GCSE.  To have a higher chance of passing, a 7 is recommended.

Further Maths – recommendation from your Maths teacher required

5.5
Media 4 4.0
Modern languages – all 4 5 in this subject at GCSE – and a recommendation from your Language teachers required. To have a high chance of passing a 6 is recommended. 5.5
Music 4 in this subject at GCSE 4.0
PE 4 4 in this subject at GCSE ** 4.0
Physics 5 4 5 grade in GCSE Additional Science or 5 grade in Physics 5.5
Psychology 4 4 in this subject at GCSE** 4.0
Philosophy and Ethics 4 4 in this subject (or similar) at GCSE** 4.0
Sociology 4 C in this subject at GCSE** 4.0

AS / A level Science courses.

  • BTEC Science will not be accepted for entry onto these courses

Double awards

  • GCSE Courses such as GCSE Science with Additional Science, Leisure and Tourism, may count as two subjects for the purposes of admission

Equivalent qualifications

  • In line with government recommendations, BTEC courses count as one grade for the purposes of admissions.
  • Applicants MUST have achieved at least a merit on a BTEC course to be included in the A Level entry criteria.

 

Distinction* = A* (8.5 points)

Distinction = A (7 points)

Merit = B (5.5 points)

The new reformed subjects GCSE – POINT SCORES

Maths and English Grade 2018 Points
9 9
8 8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1

The new Performance table points – POINT SCORES (All other grades)

GCSE(BTEC)grade 2018 Points
A*(Distiction*) 8.5
A(Distiction) 7
B(Merit) 5.5
C(Pass) 4
D 3
E 2
F 1.5
G 1