Entry Criteria

We offer two main pathways in our sixth form. As well as our general entry requirements many subjects have specific entry criteria in order to enrol on that course. The subject specific entry criteria are a supportive measure, in place to help ensure that each student is placed on the appropriate pathway thus giving them the very best opportunity to achieve success, and secure their desired destination in the future.

Principles to Pathways

  • You must meet the general entry criteria for the pathway you wish to follow
  • You must meet the entry requirements for the subjects you wish to study (for full details, please see our Course Guide below)
  • You must achieve a minimum Grade 4 for GCSE English Language or Literature
    Please note you will be required to retake Mathematics if a Grade 4 is not achieved.

Pathway A – A Level Programmes – General entry requirements

  • You must achieve a minimum of five grade 4’s (grade C) in your GCSE studies
  • You must meet the individual subject entry criteria for each subject you wish to study (for full details, please see our Course Guide below)

Pathway B – Level 2 Programme – General entry requirements

We offer students the opportunity to study with us if they have not managed to achieve the number of GCSE passes required for Pathway A. The Level 2 programme fully integrates students in to the sixth form and allows them to study for one year in order to secure the necessary grades to then access Pathway A, or prepare for further apprenticeship or employment. If a student selects this route and is successful, it is likely that they will stay in the sixth form for three years instead of the usual two.

We consider any student who does not meet the entry criteria for Pathway A. However, students who wish to study Pathway B must require GCSE Mathematics and/or GCSE English Language retake and achieve at least a grade 2 in either subject.

Year 13 progression criteria

In order to progress successfully from Year 12 into Year 13 students need to have displayed adequate progress on their study programme. A student’s place in Year 13 will be evaluated at the end of the year; attitude to learning, attendance and progress across the year will inform their successful progression into Year 13. Cheltenham Bournside School & Sixth Form Centre reserves the right to refuse progression into Year 13 based on any of the previous factors. If it is a decided that progression into Year 13 is not in the best interest of the student then an alternative offer will be made

Sixth Form Course Guide (2018-19)