Sixth Form Entry Requirements

September 2020 Sixth Form Entry Requirements

Our Post 16 curriculum is designed to give students the highest academic qualifications which will allow them to pursue university degree level study or higher level apprenticeship study.  The process of careers information advice and guidance begins early and continues throughout Year 11 to help students understand the entry requirements for A Level study and to help them make informed choices.

 

Our minimum entry requirement is for a student to have at least 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4, or equivalent, including English and Mathematics at Grade 4. All students should have achieved at least Grade 4 in English (this can be Language or Literature) or Mathematics. However, for all our subjects, we do have specific entry requirements.

 

Students enter St Benedict’s Sixth Form at 16 and pursue a two year course leaving at 18. Progression onto A Level courses will depend on successful completion of  Year 12 and will also take into account a student’s attitude to learning.  However, any decisions are always made in consultation with subject teachers, students and parents/carers and on a case by case basis.  In rare instances, a student with particular circumstances may be admitted to the sixth form at 17 to complete a 2 year course of study as long as all entry requirements are met.  In such cases, decisions will be made on an individual basis.

 

To enrol as a full time student, applicants must enrol for study pathways which incorporate a minimum of 540 guided learning hours each year.

 

Usually, this involves studying 3 or 4 A Levels in Year 12 or 3 A Levels combined with other qualifications, which may include resit GCSE Maths or English, Extended Project or Core Maths.  In Year 13, most students continue with a minimum of 3 A Levels.

 

Any student who has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), which names St Benedict’s, will be admitted, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements outlined above.

 

Applications are welcomed for students from Year 11 in St Benedict’s, from St Joseph’s, our partner school in Workington, and from all other local schools. The planned admissions number for external candidates is 30.

 

To apply to our sixth form please fill in the online application form on our website.

 

The application process also requires applicants to write a letter of application.

 

Please include why you want to join our centre and what your future aspirations are.

 

On GCSE results day, a team of staff from St Benedict’s are available to provide guidance and to formalise entry into the sixth form if the entry requirements have been met.

Subject Entry Requirements Other requirements/information
Applied Science At least Grade 5-5 in two sciences Students will need to be able to write lengthy written investigations and good Mathematics skills are also required
Art, Craft and Design At least Grade 5 in GCSE Art If not studied, students may need to attend an interview with portfolio
Biology Grade 6 in GCSE Biology or at least Grade 6-6 in Combined Science with a Grade 6 in both Biology papers We recommend that you aim for a Grade 5 in Mathematics
Business At least Grade 5 in GCSE Business or a Merit grade if studied BTEC Business / Enterprise If not studied, Grade 5 in either Maths or English/English Literature
Chemistry Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or at least Grade 6-6 in Combined Science with a Grade 6 in both Chemistry papers We recommend that you aim for a Grade 5 in Mathematics
Computer Science Grade 6 in GCSE Computer Science If not studied, Grade 6 in Mathematics
Design Technology (Product Design) At least Grade 5 in GCSE Design Technology or a L2 Merit in Engineering  
English Language At least Grade 5 in GCSE English Language  
English Literature At least Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature  
French At least Grade 6 in GCSE French It is preferred that students have achieved a high Grade 6
Geography At least Grade 5 in GCSE Geography A high Grade 5 is preferred, if not studied, at least a Grade 5 in another extended writing subject or science. We also recommend that you aim for a Grade 5 in Mathematics
German At least Grade 6 in GCSE German It is preferred that students have achieved a high Grade 6
Health and Social Care At least a L2 Pass Grade in GCSE Health and Social Care If not studied, Grade 4 in at least 1 science
History At least Grade 5 in GCSE History If not studied, at least Grade 5 in another extended writing subject
Core Maths

Level 3 Certificate

At least Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics This subject must be taken alongside three other subjects
Mathematics Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics  
Further Mathematics At least Grade 7, or above, in GCSE Mathematics Students taking Further Mathematics should also be studying Mathematics A Level
Performing Arts At least a L2 Merit Grade in BTEC Performing Arts  
Physics Grade 6 in GCSE Physics or at least Grade 6-6 in Combined Science, with a Grade 6 in both Physics papers We recommend that you aim for a Grade 5 in Mathematics and (as per the Institute of Physics) recommend that you also take a Level 3 Maths qualification
Politics At least Grade 5 in English Language or Literature This is an essay based subject, students must be prepared for extended writing
Religious Studies

(Philosophy & Ethics)

At least Grade 5 in GCSE Religious Studies If not studied, at least Grade 5 in another extended writing subject
Sociology At least Grade 5 in English Language or Literature This is an essay based subject, students must be prepared for extended writing
Sports Science At least a L2 Merit Grade in BTEC and a Grade 5 for GCSE PE Play sport to a high level