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Courses Available

Idsall Sixth Form offers a range of courses. The decision about which is more appropriate for you will depend on the grades you achieve at GCSE level.

The School reserves the right not to offer a course if the student numbers are too low.

GCSE Maths and English Language 

It is expected that all students will have at least a Grade C in Maths and English Language at GCSE level.

AS & A Level Courses

Idsall Sixth Form Centre offers a range of AS Levels and A Levels, combinations of which can be chosen to prepare students for training and employment, or entry to courses currently on offer at Universities. A Level courses involve two years of full time study whilst AS Level courses involve one year of full time study.

A Level Subjects

Art & Design Geography
Biology German
Business Studies History
Chemistry Law
Computer Science Maths & Further Maths
Economics Physics
English Language Product Design
English Literature Psychology
French Religious Studies - Philosophy & Ethics
Film Studies Sociology

Vocational BTEC Courses

BTEC Level 3 ICT BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music
BTEC Level 3 Sport + Sport & Exercise BTEC Level 2 (Construction) Maintenance Operations
BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts Level 2 Motor Vehicle
BTEC Level 3 Applied Science  
NB  The entry requirement for BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport is 5 grades A to C including Maths and English Language. This is a stand-alone qualification.

Where BTEC courses are studied with A levels the entry requirement is an average points score of 43 points including English Language and Maths at Grade C. These courses are primarily aimed at ‘A’ level students who wish to combine academic and vocational subjects. These BTEC courses can be taken with AS and/or A level courses.

Year 12

Course Requirements:  

  • Students apply for a two year programme of study which runs through Year 12 and Year 13.
  • AS and A Level students will be expected to:
    • have an average GCSE points score of 42 or above.
    • meet any entry criteria detailed in the subject specific information.
    • have a Grade B on a Higher Paper for a subject they wish to study.
    • meet the entry criteria if they are studying a new subject.        
    • have achieved at least a Grade 4 in both Mathematics and English Language.
  • Students will be tested regularly and their progress will be monitored at regular intervals.
  • Reviews of academic progress will be sent home.
  • All Year 12 students will sit mock exams in February of Year 12.
  • All subjects will enter students for AS exams in May/June in Year 12.
  • Progress can be discussed at a Consultation Evening in March.
  • Students who study 3 subjects will continue to study those subjects for two years. If they achieve a grade U or a fail grade in one or more subjects at AS level they will not be able to progress to Year 13.
  • Students who study 4 subjects may, if they wish, drop one subject when they enter Year 13. If a grade U or a fail grade is achieved in one subject it will be dropped. If two Grade U’s or fail grades are achieved there is no progression into Year 13
  • To progress into Year 13 all students are expected to achieve at least 3 AS level passes or equivalent at the end of Year 12.
Year 13

Course Requirements: 

  • All students will be expected to study no less than 3 academic subjects or the equivalent at A Level.  It is expected that a pass grade at AS level or BTEC will be achieved in each subject that is to be taken at A level.
  • The A level programme of study starts in Year 12 immediately after completion of the AS Level exams.
  • Students will be tested regularly and their progress will be monitored at regular intervals.
  • Reviews of academic progress will be sent home.
  • All Year 13 students will sit A level mocks in January of Year 13.
  • Progress can be discussed at a Consultation Evening in October.
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