A Level pathway model from September 2017

From Y11 into Y12: 

All students will be expected to study four subjects alongside an EPQ or Core Maths.  At least three of these subjects will be A-levels.  Students will take one of the two following pathways.

Pathway 1 

This is a four-subject A-level programme, alongside the Extended Project Qualification or Core Mathematics.

This pathway is for students who:

  • have achieved 5 or more A*-C (9-4) grades including  English Language and Mathematics at least grade 4.
  • have achieved a minimum grade 6 in Mathematics for students who wish to study Mathematics
  • have achieved a minimum grade 7 in Mathematics for students who wish to study Further Mathematics
  • have achieved a minimum of grade B at GCSE Science (or the individual subject they wish to study) for students who wish to study Physics, Chemistry or Biology (see additional criteria below)
  • have ideally achieved a grade B or better in the chosen option subjects or closely-related GCSE subjects

Pathway 2

This is a three-subject A-level programme, alongside the Extended Project Qualification or Core Mathematics. This pathway includes a re-sit course for either GCSE English Language or Mathematics for students who have not achieved the minimum expected grade 4.  Students who have a grade 4 in both Maths and English may retake one of these alongside 3 A-level subjects if they are on Pathway 2 to improve their GCSE qualifications.

This pathway is for students who:

  • have achieved 5 or more A*-C (9-4) grades including either an English qualification or Mathematics at grade 4 or above.
  • have achieved grade C in the chosen subjects or closely-related GCSE subjects
  • have achieved a minimum grade 6 in Mathematics for students who wish to study Mathematics
  • have achieved a minimum of grade B at GCSE Science (or the individual subject they wish to study) for students who wish to study Physics, Chemistry or Biology (see additional criteria below)

Additional Criteria for Science Courses (Pathway 1 and 2)

Grade B or above in both Science and Additional Science GCSE (including a grade B in unit B2), or Grade B in Biology GCSE - with a grade 5 in Mathematics

Grade B or above in both Science and Additional Science GCSE (including a grade B in unit C2), or Grade B in Chemistry GCSE - with a grade 6 in Mathematics

Grade B or above in both Science and Additional Science GCSE (including a grade B in unit P2), or Grade B in Physics GCSE – with a grade 6 in Mathematics

From Y12 into Y13:

To be eligible to study the second year in your subject, students should have demonstrated their capability for A-level study.  They will have done this in one of the following ways:

  1. They passed the AS.
  2. They did not take an AS but have been predicted to pass A level
  3. They were predicted to pass the AS indicating that internal assessments showed an ability to pass but then went on to fail the AS.
  4. The CTL (or subject representative) present on results day exercises their discretion and gives written permission for them to continue.

To be eligible to enter Y13, students must have three viable courses.  No more than one of these can be through routes c and d above. 

In exceptional circumstances, where a student has passed two subjects at AS they may be permitted to continue with these two subjects while adding a new third subject at AS level.  This will only be allowed if the third subject can be fully timetabled for that student with no clashes between classes and if the group size for that subject remains reasonable.  The student would also need to have demonstrated satisfactory attitude to their learning throughout Y12.

July 2017