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A range of reforms for AS and A Level subjects have been implemented by the current government with the reforms starting to take effect.  In the 2017-2019 cycle, A Level students in England will study “new” linear courses in all subjects.

These reformed A Level subjects will involve students following a two year linear programme with A-Level marks / grades determined at the end of the second year of study. 

At Chelmer Valley Sixth Form - students will follow two year linear courses in all of their subjects with examinations at the end of Year 13 and mock examinations at the end of Year 12

The courses on offer for 2018 entry to the Sixth Form are as follows:

Website pathways

Subject Entry Criteria

Courses that do not attract enough students may be withdrawn.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR PATHWAY ONE: Eight (8) x Grade 7 grades or above.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR PATHWAY TWO: Five (5) x grade 4 grades, preferably including English and Maths.

 

Level 3 A-Levels and Extended National Certificate Maths English Lang Other Requirements
Art and Design    

GCSE Art and Design grade 5 or above. Grade 4 Art will be accepted on recommendation of the Head of Department. An interest in, and enthusiasm for Art is essential.

Biology    6  

GCSE Combined Science grade 6-6 or above or GCSE Separate Science grade 6 or above in Biology. GCSE Maths grade 6 or above is required for both options.

Business      6

A previous qualification in Business is not a requirement however if it is studied, then a Grade B will be needed).

For Level 3 National Certificate - Minimum Entry Requirement. A previous qualification in Business is not a requirement). You should enjoy independent study & coursework whilst having an interest in the business world.

Chemistry    6  

GCSE Combined Science grade 6-6 or above or GCSE Chemistry grade 6. Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is required for both options.

Cambridge Technical in IT    6     5

GCSE grade B or above in ICT plus grade 5 in English and grade 6 in Maths. If you have not studied ICT GCSE then you need  the previously mentioned English and Maths grades.

Design Technology    

GCSE grade B or above in any of the Technology disciplines (Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics or Product Design).

Economics    6    6

You do not need to have studied Economics or Business Studies previously.

 

English Literature      5

GCSE English Literature and English Language at grade 5 or above.

French    

GCSE French at grade 6 or above.

 

Geography    6    6

GCSE Geography at grade 6 or above, or in the case of students who have not studied GCSE Geography you must achieve at least  6-6 in Combined Science and Grade 6 from English and Maths.

History      6

GCSE History at grade B or above, or in the case of students who have not studied GCSE History you must achieve at least a grade 6 in English Language.

Mathematics    7  

A grade 7 or above in Mathematics is preferable, although students with a grade 6 will be considered on an individual basis.

Further Mathematics  8/9  

GCSE Mathematics at grade 8 or 9. Students must also study A Level Mathematics.

 

Media Studies     5

A grade 5 or above in English is preferable, although students with a grade 4 will be considered on an individual basis.

 

Level 3 Extended National Certificate in Music     An ability to play a musical instrument or sing to approximately grade 4 standard (GCSE Music not compulsory) The ability to read basic music notation.
Level 3 Extended National Certificate in Performing Arts     Chelmer Valley Sixth Form minimum entry requirement. You do not need to have completed Drama GCSE to take this course.
Philosophy     5

GCSE English or equivalent at grade 5 or above. GCSE Religious Studies is not a requirement.

 

Physics   6  

GCSE Combined Science grade 7-7 or above or GCSE Physics grade 7 is preferable. Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is required for both options.

 

Photography    

Chelmer Valley Sixth Form minimum entry requirement. You do not need to have completed Art & Design GCSE to take this course.

 

Psychology   5    6

GCSE English Language at a grade 6, Mathematics and Combined Science at grade 5-5 or above or 5-5-5 in separate Science GCSE. It would also be recommended that students take Core Mathematics.

 

Sociology      5

GCSE English at grade 5 or above.

 

Level 3 Extended National Certificate in Sport     GCSE PE at grade 5 or above if you are studying GCSE PE. If you are not studying GCSE PE you will be considered on your interest and enjoyment in PE throughout your time at school.