Admissions & Apply

If you are joining us at Sixth Form in September please do take a look at our Induction website. It is a useful resource and we hope it answers all the questions you may have about what to expect in September. Subject pages include transition materials and activities for you to explore, our Head Student Team introduce themselves, you will find an updated FAQ section and we have also uploaded some of the talks and presentations that took place during our Skills for Success fortnight. 

Applications for September 2022. Please note applications for September 2022 will open following our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 4 November 2021.  For any further information on applications, please email sixthform@stbarts.co.uk or call 01635 576368.

Applications for September 2021 remain open. You can make an application by following this link: https://stbarts.applicaa.com/year12

To access Level 3 (A Levels and BTEC National Extended Certificate) courses, you need to secure a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above. At least 3 of these passes should be at Grade 5. If a student does not secure a Grade 4 in English Language and/or Mathematics then s/her will be required to attend lessons and re-sit GCSE exams in these subjects.

If are looking to take an A Level course that you have studied at GCSE, then in most subjects a GCSE Grade of 5 is preferred. If you fall short of a 5, you cannot assume that you will secure a place on the course and will be asked to meet with the Head of Department in September to discuss whether you might be offered a place on a trial basis. The step up from GCSE to A Level work is particularly steep in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Students should be clear that in other than the most exceptional circumstances, they will not secure a place on these courses without at least a Grade 6 in these subjects or ‘Science’ at GCSE.

What happens if a student gets five GCSE passes but fails to secure Grade 4s in Mathematics or English?
A student in this position will be able to take some Level 3 (A Level/ BTEC) courses but their choice may be a little more restricted and they will have to attend lessons in preparation for a re-sit in Mathematics or English Language. A student who does not secure 4s in both will only be able to enrol for the Sixth Form + Programme.

Subject

Advice for Entry

Art & Design

Art GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Biology

Students choosing science in the Sixth Form are advised that the assessment style associated with A Level qualifications means that if you achieve less than a Grade 6 in GCSE Science or GCSE Biology you are generally unlikely to secure a pass in the A Level Biology exam.

Business Studies

Business Studies GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a grade 5 or higher is preferred.

BTEC in Business

Students should have a genuine interest in business activity. They should be keen to conduct independent research and visit local businesses when required. Skills in organisation and meeting deadlines are important.

Chemistry

Students choosing science in the Sixth Form are advised that the assessment style associated with A Level qualifications means that if you achieve less than a Grade 6 in GCSE Science or GCSE Chemistry you are generally unlikely to secure a pass in the A Level Chemistry exam.

Classical Civilisation

Literature is studied in an English translation, and there is no Greek or Latin required on the course.

Computer Science

Students will not have needed to study Computing or IT at GCSE, but it would be greatly beneficial. Where a GCSE course has been completed a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Dance

Dance GCSE is not a requirement but for those students who have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Drama & Theatre Studies

Drama GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Economics

The course involves a significant amount of theory and a high level of commitment to learning this is required. A real interest in how the economy works and current economic affairs is required.

English Language (Linguistics)

Grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language is preferred.

English Literature

Grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Literature is preferred.

Film Studies

Film Studies GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Food Science & Nutrition

Food GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

French

Grade 6 or higher in GCSE French is preferred.

Geography

Geography GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

German

Grade 6 or higher in GCSE German is preferred.

Graphic Communication

Graphics GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

BTEC in Health & Social Care

Previous study in Health and Social Care is not required. Where students have studied the Level 2 BTEC course, a Merit or higher is preferred.

History

History GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Law

A good command of English is required together with strong essay writing skills as well as an active interest in current affairs. Grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language is preferred.

Mathematics

Grade 6 or higher in GCSE Mathematics is required.

Further Mathematics

Grade 7 or higher in GCSE Mathematics is required.

Media Studies

Film or Media GCSEs are helpful, but not a requirement. Where students have completed a GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Music

Music GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Music Technology

GCSE Music is not a requirement, but where it has been studied, a Grade 5 is preferred.

Photography

Students are not required to have any experience of taught lessons in photography but should have an established interest in both photography and art and design.

Physical Education

PE GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 is preferred.

Physics

Students choosing science in the Sixth Form are advised that the assessment style associated with A Level qualifications means that if you achieve less than a Grade 6 in GCSE Science or GCSE Physics you are generally unlikely to secure a pass in the A Level Physics exam.

Politics

An interest in the political world that we live in is essential. Performance in English Language and History will be considered with a Grade 5 or higher preferred in these subjects.

Product Design

Design and Technology GCSE is not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Psychology

The course involves significant English, Science and Mathematics skills and elements. Grade 5 and above in these subjects at GCSE is preferred.

RS (Philosophy and Ethics)

The specifications build on, but do not depend on, the knowledge, understanding and skills specified
for GCSE Religious Studies. Grade 5 at GCSE Religious Studies is preferred.

BTEC in Applied Science

The course builds on GCSE Science knowledge, particularly with respect to ‘How Science Works’. Grade 5s in both Science GCSE and Mathematics GCSE are preferred.

Sociology

A good command of English is required together with strong essay writing skills as well as an active interest in current affairs. Grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language is preferred.

Spanish

Grade 6 or higher in GCSE Spanish is preferred.

BTEC in Sport

Previous study in sport is not required. Where students have studied the Level 2 BTEC course, a
Merit or higher is preferred. Where students have studied the GCSE PE course, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

Textiles

Textiles/Art GCSE are not a requirement, but where students have completed the GCSE courses, a Grade 5 or higher is preferred.

BTEC in Travel & Tourism

Previous study in Travel and Tourism is not required.