Possible Pathways & Entry Requirements

Students at Tytherington Sixth Form follow a two-year programme of study incorporating three A Levels or A level equivalent courses. There are three pathways of study at Post-16, designed to guide students to embark on appropriate courses in line with their performance at GCSE.

GCSE Performance Appropriate Courses
Pathway 1 For students whose GCSE results are mainly grade 6 and above The full range of courses is open to students on Pathway 1, though students in this group would normally choose to study 3 A levels.

NB. Students who achieve mainly grade 8 and 9 at GCSE can choose to do 4 A levels.

Pathway 2 For students whose GCSE results are mainly grade 5 and above Students on Pathway 2 would normally choose a combination of A level and BTEC / Level 3 Extended Certificate Courses. (An A level only route is possible depending on the entry requirements for the subjects chosen).
Pathway 3 For students whose GCSE grades are mainly 4 and above Students on Pathway 3 will normally choose 3 BTEC / Level 3 Extended Certificate Courses.

Through a series of one-to-one discussions with a member of the Sixth Form team, applicants can be assured that they will be supported in choosing a suitable study programme.

In order to ensure that students enrol on courses that they will be able to complete, and in which they will gain success, we set the following minimum entry requirements:

Students wishing to study A Level courses must normally achieve a minimum of 5 Grade 5s at GCSE.

Students wishing to study mainly BTEC / Level 3 Extended Certificate courses must normally achieve a minimum of 5 grade 4s at GCSE.

Students who achieve below grade 4 in English and Mathematics will have to re-sit the examination in Year 12. Students who achieve grade 4 will be given the opportunity to re-sit the examination in Year 12 in order to achieve a grade 5.

Entry Criteria

Below is the list of entry criteria for each course. More detail on each course can be found in this booklet.

NB. You will notice from the list below that AS Further Mathematics is an additional option for interested students to take alongside their three A levels in Year 12.

AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science Grade 5 in Separate Sciences, or 5-5 in Trilogy Science at GCSE (4 or 4-4 will be considered).
A Level Art and Design Grade 5 at GCSE, if taken
A Level Art and Design Textiles and Fashion Grade 5 in a GCSE Design subject, if taken
A Level Biology Grade 6 in Biology Separate Science GCSE, or grades 6-6 in Trilogy Science GCSE. Grade 6 in Mathematics GCSE recommended
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business 5 grade 4s at GCSE including English. Grade 4 in GCSE Business, if taken
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business 5 grade 4s at GCSE including English. Grade 4 in GCSE Business, if taken
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

in Business

5 grade 4s at GCSE including English. Grade 4 in GCSE Business, if taken
A Level Chemistry Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry Separate Science or grades 6-6 in Trilogy Science GCSE. Grade 6 in Mathematics GCSE
A Level Computer Science Grade 6 at GCSE, if taken
Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
(Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics if Computer Science not taken at GCSE)
A Level Drama and Theatre Grade 5 at GCSE, if taken. Grade 5 in GCSE English
A Level English Language Grade 5 at GCSE
A Level English Literature Grade 6 at GCSE
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
A Level French Grade 6 at GCSE achieved on higher papers
A Level Geography Grade 5 at GCSE Geography
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
A Level German Grade 6 at GCSE achieved on higher papers
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care 5 grade 4s at GCSE including English and Mathematics
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care 5 grade 4s at GCSE including English and Mathematics
A Level History Grade 6 at GCSE, if taken
Grade 5 in GCSE English
A Level Mathematics Grade 7 at GCSE
Students who achieve a high grade 6 will be considered
A/AS Level Further Mathematics Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics
A Level Music Grade 6 in GCSE Music and grade 5 instrumental/ voice (ABRSM or similar) Audition required for external applicants
A Level Music Technology Grade 5 in GCSE Music or demonstrable interest in the subject with evidence of prior work completed
A Level Physical Education Grade 6 at GCSE, if taken
Regular participation in one team/ individual sport is essential
(The ability to play this sport to a high standard is desirable.)
A Level Physics Grade 6 in Physics Separate Science GCSE, or grades 6-6 in Trilogy Science GCSE. Grade 6 in Mathematics GCSE
A Level Politics 5 GCSE Grade 5s including English Language and Mathematics
A Level Design Technology: Product Design Grade 5 in a GCSE Design subject, if taken
Grade 5 in Mathematics
A Level Psychology Grade 5 at GCSE, if taken.
Grade 5 in one Science (4 will be considered) and Grade 5 in English
A Level Sociology 5 GCSE Grade 5s including English
A Level Spanish Grade 6 at GCSE achieved on higher papers
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) 5 grade 4s at GCSE including English and Mathematics
Grade 4 in GCSE PE, if taken
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) 5 grade 4s at GCSE including English and Mathematics
Grade 4 in GCSE PE, if taken
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) 5 GCSE grades at 9-5 including English. This is an additional option alongside  the 3 A level or equivalent programme of study which will be open to students from term 2 in Year 12

NB. All courses are subject to demand. Parents and students will be kept informed of any changes.

All applications will be considered at individual student level.