Entry requirements

What are the minimum grades required at GCSE to study a subject at A level?

The minimum requirement for entry to Year 12 is 48 points across the best 8 GCSE subjects including at least a 5 in both English Language and Mathematics.

Our A level courses and any minimum grade requirements are listed below.

A Level Subject GCSE Grade Requirement
Art & Design *** 6 in Art, Photography, Textiles or Graphic Design and 6 in Design Technology, each case will be reviewed on its individual merits and a portfolio may be required
Biology 7 in Biology or 7,7 in Combined Science
Business Studies  5 in English Language and Maths
 Chemistry 7 in Chemistry or 7,7 in Combined Science
 Classical Civilisation 6 in a Humanities subject
Economics  6 in Maths
English Literature  6 in English Literature and 6 in English Language
 French 6 in French
 Geography 6 in Geography
 Geology 7 in a Science subject (including Combined Science)
 German 6 in German
 History 6 in History
 Further Maths 8 in Maths
 Maths 7 in Maths
 RS (Philosophy, Ethics and Theology)        6 in RS
 Music 6 in GCSE Music and preferably grade 5 theory
Physical Education 7 in a Science subject (inc Combined Science)
 Physics 7 in Physics or 7,7 in Combined Science plus 7 in Maths
 Politics 6 in History if taken, or 6 in English Language
 Psychology ** 6 in English Language, 6 in Maths and 6 in Biology or 6, 6 in Combined Science
 Spanish 6 in Spanish                                                                                        

 ** revised October 2021

 *** revised January 2022