Entry Requirements for Studying AS and A2 Courses in all Subjects
We are delighted to report that in recent years the A-level and vocational results at Wollaston have radically improved with most students leaving at 18 with academic success.
However, it is essential that when opting to study for advanced level qualifications students realise just what is required in terms of commitment and ability.
After careful analysis of A-level results over many years we have therefore set the following entry requirements for those wishing to enrol on AS and A2 level courses.
10 GCSE POINTS ARE REQUIRED where:
A* = 5
A = 4
B = 3
C = 1
Please note the 'short course' RE attracts half points and ICT, although, formally equivalent to four GCSEs counts as two GCSEs for the purposes of entry to Sixth Form. Therefore, a Distinction in ICT equates to 8 points, a Merit 6 points and a Pass 2 points.
These requirements will be rigidly applied because we believe it is a fair target for potential advanced candidates. Most potential sixth form students will be taking at least nine GCSE examinations and will therefore need to aim higher than a 'C' grade in three to four areas . This target is also in keeping with the advice offered by most Advanced Level teachers who advise that candidates should have at least a GCSE grade 'B' in the subject area they wish to study further.
As a comprehensive school we set out to provide opportunities for the majority of our students to continue their studies in the Sixth Form. Advanced level study is not open to all but we do provide alternatives. (See the BTEC First Diploma Courses)
Progression from AS to A2
It is also a requirement that to progress from AS to A2 in any subject a D grade at AS must be achieved. In addition to remain in the Sixth Form for a second year of A levels students must obtain at least two 'AS' subjects at Grade D or above. Students entering their second year of A levels with only two subjects will be required to select a third subject to study at 'AS' level alongside their A2 choices in order to maintain a full timetable.