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Curriculum Overview

A-levels are delivered in partnership with Barnwell School. By combining the expertise of both institutions we are able to provide students with the full range of skills, attributes and experience necessary for success in their future careers and ensures we can offer students a varied curriculum.

A-levels and BTEC Level 3 (vocational) qualifications are studied as part of a two year programme and students will be expected to study a combination of three subjects with the majority of exams taken at the end of Year 13.

Tutorials are an integral part of the A-level programme and, as such, each student will have the support of a Learning Coach who will monitor their academic progress and offer advice and guidance to help them achieve the best possible results. In addition to their chosen subjects students will be required to take part in a range of enrichment activities and employability skills and receive guidance on progression opportunities, further education and careers. This will include a compulsory study skills session each week where students will be able to build upon the skills required to successfully make the transition from GCSE to A Level study.


Course Entry Requirements

Entry to Sixth Form is by application form which can be downloaded from our website or collected from reception staff at our Thomas Alleyne Academy site.

To study A Levels and BTEC Level 3 qualifications, students will be expected to achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths. In addition to English and Maths all Sixth Form qualifications have specific entry requirements - Please see the entry requirements for all subjects listed on our website. The Academy will also take into account average GCSE point score during the application process. Students will be expected to achieve an average point score of at least 40 to 43 dependent on subject choices. All applicants will be invited to a guidance meeting to discuss their application prior to a conditional offer being made.

In the case of existing Year 11 students your lower school record for attendance, punctuality, behaviour and meeting deadlines will be taken into consideration during the application process.


Subjects Offered

 

Subject Basic Requirements Additional Requirements
Computer Science                                    
5 GCSEs grade C or above including a 5 in Maths and 
English Language                                                           
4 grade in English
5 grade in Maths
English Literature 
The following courses:
As recommended by standard entry requirements for A levels





B OR 5 grade in English Lit
Film Studies B OR 5 grade in English Lit
Geography 5 grade in English Language
History 5 grade in English Language
Law 5 grade in English Language
Media Studies 5 grade in English Language
Psychology Minimum GCSE average point score of 55
5 in English Language
5 grade in Maths
5 (B) grade in Sciences 
Sociology 
5 grade in English Language
Biology  
The following Sciences:
5 GCSEs grade C or above, to include 5 in Maths and 4 in English Language  
B or 5 grade in Science (including Biology)
5 grade in Maths
Chemistry  B or 5 grade in Science (including Chemistry)
5 grade in Maths
Physics              B or 5 grade in Science (including Physics)
5 grade in Maths
Maths and Further 
Maths
Maths - 5 (higher mark towards 7 preferred) in Maths
Further - 7 grade in Maths (there must be evidence to indicate that student is very able mathematically)
Economics        5 GCSEs grade C or above, to include 5 in Maths and English Language  5 grade in GCSE Maths and English
English Language 
and Literature
5 GCSEs grade C or above, to include 4 in Maths and English Language  
Art Photography B grade in GCSE Art
Art & Design B grade in GCSE Art
French B grade in French
Drama 5 GCSEs grade C or above, to include 4 in Maths and grade 5 in English Language
B grade in GCSE Drama
Philosophy  B grade in GCSE RE
Law  
BTEC Level 3 Science 
Single Award
5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade 4 C grade in GCSE Science
BTEC Level 3 Music 
Single Award
GCSE Music or aptitude based on teacher reference
BTEC Level 3 Health and 
Social Care Single Award
 
BTEC Level 3 Information Technology  GCSE Computer Science or aptitude on teacher reference
BTEC Sports Studies
Single Award
Aptitude on teacher reference
BTEC Business Studies
Single Award
Preferred aptitude from GCSE Business Studies