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Pathways

Crompton House Sixth Form prides itself on a wide range of courses tailored to meet your needs, skills and interests, to enable you to fulfil your potential and progress from school into higher education, employment or training.

Every cohort of students is different and so, rather than offer the same courses every year, we aim to tailor our curriculum to each year group’s specific needs.  Therefore, rather than provide students with pre-set option blocks, we ask you to choose your subject combinations and then build option blocks around them.  By doing this, far more students are able to study their first choice of courses.  However, we ask you to include a reserve choice just in case your combination does not fit into the option blocks.

As with all Sixth Form institutions, we are offering the full range of courses detailed in each pathway, however, in exceptional circumstances we may need to withdraw a course if it is not viable to run it. If this is the case, a decision will be taken as early as possible, and in plenty of time for students to select alternative courses as appropriate.

There are a number of stages to help you decide which are the best subjects for you: Open Evening, Prospectus, Taster Days, Guidance Meetings, Welcome Day, pre A Level material and guidance on results day, once you have received your actual grades.

GCSE Subjects

GCSE Grade

Points Score

9

9

8

8

7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1

Other qualifications

BTEC Grade Points Score
Distinction * 8.5
Distinction 7
Merit 5.5

Students on this pathway will select 3 courses and 1 reserve. 

Students will be encouraged to consider completing the Extended Project Qualification and Core Maths, where appropriate. 

For those studying Mathematics, taking Further Mathematics as a 4th subject is also an option, dependent on meeting the subject entry requirements.

A Level Courses

Sixth Form extras for this pathway

Aspire Programme: Competitive universities programme, including dedicated Academic Tutor.

Students receive specialist support applying to top universities and competitive courses, including Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry.

Leadership Pathway: Extended Project Qualification, tailored professional work experience, opportunity to mentor students in the lower school, subject leadership opportunities.

Maths / English re-sit is mandatory if you have not achieved a Grade 4 at GCSE.

Core Maths qualification to support UCAS applications

High achieving students can follow an advanced pathway to gain entrance into prestigious universities or onto competitive courses.

Students on this pathway will select 3 courses and 1 reserve. 

Students will also have the opportunity to complete the Extended Project and Core Maths, if appropriate.

A Level, BTEC & Level 3 Courses

Sixth Form extras for this pathway

Next Steps: University and world of work induction programme, other Post 18 pathways – dedicated Academic Tutor.

Careers: work experience and subject link within school based on your career choice.

Maths / English re-sit is mandatory if you have not achieved a Grade 4 at GCSE.

Subject Maths GCSE

Grade

English Language GCSE Grade GCSE grades Average GCSE Score
Art and Design 4 in this subject at GCSE 4.0
Biology 5 4 5 5 in GCSE Science or 5 in GCSE Biology. [To have a better chance of succeeding, 6 6 in Science or a 6 in Biology is recommended.] 5.5
Business 4 4 ** 4.0
Chemistry

 

5 4 5 5 in GCSE Science or 5 in GCSE Chemistry. [To have a better chance of succeeding, 6 6 in Science or a 6 in Chemistry is recommended.] 5.5
Computer Science 5 4 5 in this subject at GCSE 5.5
Drama & Theatre 4 4 in this subject or Drama at GCSE 4.0
DT: Product Design(3D) ** 4.0
Economics 5 4 ** 5.5
English Language 4 4 in English Language at GCSE 4.0
English Literature 4 Grade 4 in BOTH Literature and Language at GCSE 4.0
Geography 4 ** 4.0
Government & Politics 4 ** 4.0
Health & Social Care (BTEC) 4 ** 4.0
History 4 ** 4.0
Maths 6 6 in this subject at GCSE.  To have a better chance of succeeding, a 7 is recommended. 5.5
Further Maths 7+ Recommendation from your Maths teacher required 5.5+
Media 4 ** 4.0
Medical Science 4 4 in Science 4.0
Modern languages – all 4 5 in this subject at GCSE – and a recommendation from your Language teachers required. To have a better chance of succeeding a 6 is recommended. 5.5
Music 4 in this subject at GCSE 4.0
PE 4 4 in this subject (or equivalent) at GCSE 4.0
Physics 5 4 5 5 in GCSE Science or 5 in GCSE Physics. [To have a better chance of succeeding, 6 6 in Science or a 6 in Physics is recommended.] 5.5
Psychology 4 ** 4.0
Religious Studies: Philosophy & Ethics 4 ** 4.0
Sociology 4 ** 4.0

A level Science courses

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

Double awards

  • GCSE Courses such as GCSE Combined Science or Leisure and Tourism 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