Admissions and Course Requirements

Places at Amethyst Sixth Form are allocated following the application deadline date and notified by letter. Offers are all subject to meeting the following conditions:

Generic Sixth Form Entrance Criteria

  • To study for the equivalent of 3 A-levels requires a GCSE APS average point score of 46 (average B grade) or greater (these should be gained in a minimum of 5 separate GCSE subjects). Students should have at least a grade 5 in GCSE English and mathematics for acceptance on to A Level courses.
  • To study for 3 BTEC courses would require a GCSE APS average point score of 40 (average C grade) or above and a minimum of five GCSE (or equivalent courses). In addition, L3 BTEC subjects may require a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English Language and mathematics.

Subject Specific Entrance Criteria

  • Specific criteria for individual areas vary according to the demands of the subject, most require a Grade B (6) in the same subject to continue at A Level, with the exception of mathematics which requires a Level 7.
    The specific subject requirements will be discussed at interview and offer stage.
  • Where subjects are offered at Wolverhampton consortium schools they may apply different criteria and will be discussed at interview and offer stage.

Curriculum Offer 2021/2022

SubjectQualificationOption BlockExam BoardLevel Entry Requirements
ArtAdvanced GCE in Art and Design – Art and Design (Fine Art)BOCR3Grade 6 in Art
Grade 5 in English
Applied scienceLevel 3 Extended Certificate in Applied ScienceAAQA3Grade 4 in Science
Grade 4 in English and Maths
BiologyAdvanced Subsidiary GCE in BiologyEAQA3Grade 6 in Biology/Science
Grade 5 in English
Grade 6 in Maths
BusinessCambridge Technical Extended Certificate in BusinessDOCR3BTEC Business Level 2 Merit or above, or GCSE Business studies grade 5 or above.
GCSE/Level 2 prior study preferable
Grade 4 in English
Grade 4 in Maths
ChemistryAdvanced Subsidiary GCE in ChemistryCAQA3Grade 6 in Chemistry/Science
Grade 5 in English
Grade 6 in Maths
Children’s Play Learning and DevelopmentBTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and DevelopmentCPearson3Grade 4 English
Grade 4 Maths
No Level 2 study required
DanceBTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Performing ArtsEPearson3Minimum level 2 pass BTEC Dance
Grade or above in GCSE Dance
DramaAdvanced GCE in Drama and TheatreBEdexcel3Distinction in BTEC Drama or Grade 5 at GCSE
Grade 5 in English
Grade 5 in Maths
If you have not studied Drama at KS4, you will need to provide evidence that you have studied Drama outside of school and attend an audition
EngineeringAdvanced GCE in Design and Technology – Design and Technology: Design EngineeringDOCR3Level 2 study in Engineering or Design Technology required.
Grade 6 in Mathematics
Grade 4 in English
English Language and LiteratureAdvanced GCE in English Language and LiteratureCAQA3Grade 6 in both GCSE Language and Literature
FoodApplied Diploma in Food Science and NutritionCWJEC3Level 2 qualification studied
Grade 4 in English
FrenchAdvanced GCE in FrenchEAQA3Grade 6 in French
GeographyAdvanced GCE in GeographyDOCR3Grade 6 in Geography
Grade 5 in English
Grade 5 in Maths
Health and SocialCambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Health and Social CareDOCR3Level 2 Pass in Health and Social
Grade 4 in English
Health and SocialCambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social CareD & EOCR3Level 2 Merit in Health and Social
Grade 4 in English
HistoryAdvanced GCE in History ADOCR3Grade 6 in History
Grade 5 in English
Grade 5 in Maths
ITCambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in ITBOCR3Grade 4 in English and Maths
No level 2 study required
LawAdvanced Level GCEEAQA3Grade 6 in Geography/History
Grade 5 in English/English Language
MathsAdvanced Subsidiary GCE in MathematicsAEdexcel3Grade 7 in Maths
Grade 5 in English
MusicRSL Subsidiary Diploma for Music PractitionersDRSL3No previous BTEC/GCSE required
Instrumental ability required
Grade 4 in English and Maths
PhotographyAdvanced GCE in Art and Design – Art and Design (Photography)AOCR3Grade 6 in Photography
Grade 5 in English
PhysicsAdvanced Subsidiary GCE in PhysicsBAQA3Grade 6 in Physics/Science
Grade 5 in English
Grade 6 in Maths
PsychologyAdvanced Subsidiary GCE in PsychologyBAQA3Grade 5 in English
Grade 6 in Maths
Grade 6 in Science/Biology
SociologyAdvanced Subsidiary GCE in SociologyAAQA3Grade 6 in Geography/History
Grade 5 in English
Grade 5 in Maths
SpanishAdvanced GCE in SpanishEAQA3Grade 6 in Spanish
SportCambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical ActivityCOCR3Grade 5 in English and Science
Grade 5 GCSE PE/Level 2 Merit
SportCambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical ActivityC & AOCR3Grade 5 in English and Science
Grade 5 GCSE PE/Level 2 Merit
TextilesAdvanced GCE in Art and Design – Art and Design (Textile Design)BAQA3Must have GCSE in Design Technology or Art
Grade 4 in English

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