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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 2017 entry to the Sixth Form are as follows:

Courses

Subject Entry Criteria

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR PATHWAY ONE: 8 A* - B INCLUDING AT LEAST GRADE 5 in ENGLISH & MATHS

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR PATHWAY TWO: 5 A*- C GRADES INCLUDING GRADE 5+ IN ENGLISH & MATHSMINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR PATHWAY THREE: 3 GRADE Cs and GRADE 4 IN ENGLISH & MATHS

Level 3 A Levels and Extended National Certificates Maths English Lang English Lit Other Requirements
Art and Design
     

GCSE Art and Design grade C or above. An interest in, and enthusiasm for Art is essential.

For Level 3 National Certificate - Minimum Entry Requirements. You do not need to have taken Art at GCSE but will need to have enthusiasm for the subject and have basic literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Biology

     

Please See The Science Requirements Table.

Double Science grade BB or above (excluding coursework) or GCSE Biology grade B or above Achieving at least C grade in the final paper and excluding coursework) if studying Triple Science

Business

  6 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      

Please See The Science Requirements Table.

GCSE Double Science grade BB or above (not including coursework) or GCSE Chemistry grade B or above including at least a C in the final Chemistry paper.

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

Drama & Theatre Studies       

GCSE English Language Grade 4 or above. You do not need to have completed Drama GCSE to take this course.

Economics

6 6 6

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

English Literature

  5 5  

French     

  5 5

GCSE French at grade B or above.

Geography

  5 5

GCSE Geography at grade C or above, or in the case of students who have not studied GCSE Geography you must achieve at least B grades from Science and Grade 5 from English and Maths.

History

  5 5

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 5 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   4/5 4/5 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.
Philosophy   5 5 GCSE English or equivalent at grade 5 or above. GCSE Religious Studies is not a requirement.
Level 3 Extended National Certificate in Sport           GCSE PE at grade C 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 through your time at school.
Physics 6     Please See The Science Requirements Table. Grade BB in Double Science (based on their exams results, not including controlled assessment) or grade B in Physics if studying triple Science plus a grade 6 in Mathematics. Studying AS Maths would also be beneficial. 
Psychology 5 6   Please See The Science Requirements Table. GCSE English Language at a grade 6, Mathematics and Science at grade 5 or above. It would also be recommended that students take Core Mathematics.
Level 3 Extended National Certificate in Applied Science       GCSE Double Science grade C or above or GCSE Chemistry grade C or above if studying  Triple Science.
Sociology   5 5 GCSE English at grade 5 or above.
Extended Project Qualification        
Certificate in Financial Studies        
Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies         

 

Science Requirements Table

* Must achieve at least a C in the final paper

** Not including controlled assessment

A-Level

GCSE Result

English Lang

Maths

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Core Science

Additional Science

Biology

 

 

B*

B*

B*

B**

B**

Chemistry

 

 

B*

B*

B*

B**

B**

Physics

 

6

B*

B*

B*

B**

B**

Psychology

5

5

C

C

C

C

C