Sixth Form Curriculum, Entry Requirements and Application Forms 2019



Sixth Form Curriculum

Students generally study three subjects in the Sixth Form, choosing from an extensive suite of 26 A-Level and BTEC options.   Detailed course information, examination boards and entry requirements are set out in the Sixth Form Curriculum Booklet.   Applications for Existing and External students can be found at the foot of this page.

Entry Requirements

To study an individual subject at A-Level, students require the following grades in that subject:



(A-Level unless otherwise specified)

Minimum GCSE Grade


Art (Fine Art)

5 in Fine Art


7 in Biology or 7;7 in Combined Science

BTEC (Level 3) Diploma in Business

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths

BTEC (Level 2) First Extended Certificate in Business and Certificate in Work Skills

5 GCSEs at grade 3 or above

BTEC (Level 3) National Extended

Certificate in Applied Science

5 GCSEs at grade 4 including Combined

Science, English and Maths

Business Studies

5 in Business Studies or, for pupils who have not previously studied this subject,

5 in English and Maths


7 in Chemistry or 7;7 in Combined Science

Computer Science (Consortium subject at Desborough College)

6 in Computer Science and 5 in Maths

Design and Technology

5 in a Design & Technology Subject and

5 in Maths


6 in Maths and 5 in English

English Language

6 in English Language and 6 in English


English Literature

6 in English Language and 6 in English



6 in French

Further Maths

8 in Maths


6 in Geography and 5 in Maths


6 in German

Government and Politics (Consortium subject at Desborough College)

6 in English or 6 in History


6 in History


7 (Assessment opportunity for pupils with a high 6)

Media Studies

4 in English and Maths


5 in Music or Grade 5 ABRSM Theory


4 in English and Maths and a


Physical Education

5 in Physical Education with 5 in the theory paper


7 in Physics or 7;7 in Combined Science


6 in Maths or 6 in Science

Religious Studies

6 in Religious Studies


6 in Spanish

Theatre Studies

5 in Drama and 5 in English

















Application Forms 2019 – Existing Students/External Students


Sixth Form Fund

Sixth Form students are asked to pay £40 into the Sixth Form Fund at the start of Year 12.  The money, collected via sQuid, is used for items needed by the Sixth Form i.e. the Common Room water cooler, seating, dishwasher, microwave etc.

“Students play an active role in lessons because teachers encourage them to work independently. As a result, they make good progress.”