Curriculum Pathways

All students entering the Sixth Form will have the opportunity to study a range of Level 3 courses. Access to all courses will be determined by examination results and whether these meet the entry criteria for the different courses offered. Please be aware that we reserve the right to use period 6 (3.20-4.20pm) as part of the school day, although this is an infrequent necessity.


Entry Requirements

A-Level Pathway

To access the A-Level pathway you will have achieved 5 GCSES at grade 5 which needs to include either GCSE Maths or English (literature or language). Vocational courses at distinction level can be included within the 5 grades required. Students studying A-Level courses can still study a vocational course and indeed it is recommended for certain career pathways.

  • To study A-Level courses, a student must secure five Grade 5s at GCSE (or vocational course Distinctions), including either English or Maths.
  • To study a specific A-Level course, a student must secure at least a Grade 6 in that subject (or a similar specified subject/s). Please see individual course requirements.
  • To study any Level 3 vocational courses (e.g. BTEC), a student must secure five Grade 4s at GCSE (or vocational course Merits). Please see individual course requirements as some courses require specific subjects to be passed.
  • To study the Level 2 Access course, a student must secure five grade 2s at GCSE which must include English (or pass equivalent vocational courses).

All students considering Post-16 courses are given specific information, advice and guidance throughout Year 11, both prior to and subsequent to the options process in the autumn term. Every effort is made to ensure that students access the right courses at the right level and that the combination of courses provides sufficient breadth and challenge to aid progression into further education, higher education or the world of work.
In particular, students aiming to gain a university place at an Oxbridge or other elite institution should make sure that they choose the ‘facilitating subjects’ necessary.
However, a number of students may not be considering Post-16 provision at Edgbarrow. The school will also offer information, alternative advice and guidance to support these students into further education, employment or an apprenticeship.

Please see our individual course requirements in our Sixth Form Prospectus.


How to Apply

The application process is straightforward and is accessible via our website and we look forward to meeting and spending two enjoyable years with you at this important and exciting time of your life.