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The following qualifications are offered to students who obtain a Grade 5/C or above in at least 5 subjects including English and maths at GCSE. In order for students to study A-Level maths and/or science they must have obtained an A grade or above at GCSE.
GCE A Levels: Most students studying an Advanced Level programme (Level 3) will be undertaking at least 3/4 A Levels. Prospective students will need to obtain a Grade 6/B in the specific subjects they wish to study or a related subject before taking an A Level course. Students wishing to study maths and/or science must have obtained a Grade 7/A or above in the subject at GCSE. To study A Level music an applicant must have reached at least Grade 5 on an instrument. For progression into Year 13, students must achieve a minimum of three Ds in their Year 12 assessments.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Some students at Level 3 will benefit from a more vocational, coursework based approach – and BTEC qualifications provide this option. Students have the option of undertaking a ‘triple’ BTEC. For a BTEC programme, we expect students to have obtained Grade 4/C or above in a similar subject. For progression into Year 13, students must achieve a minimum of a Pass Grade in their Year 12 assessments.
Home Languages: Pupils who have achieved a GCSE in Polish, Portuguese or Turkish may have the opportunity to pick this up as an additional (i.e. 4th) A Level subject.
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Making Post-16 Choices
UCAS statistics indicates that over 60% of learners entering university have a combination of qualifications. It is therefore important to check the particular course entry requirements before applying for universities.
Bear in mind, that if you are thinking about applying to Russell Group universities, it is essential to consult their guide – Informed Choices – which gives clear recommendations about their preferred A-Level subjects. In addition, some career paths (such as medicine and engineering) have subjects that are essential to take if you are considering a career in these fields. At Skinners’ Academy, we will work with you to ensure that you are making subject choices which will aid in your university / career ambitions.