Courses on Offer and Entry Requirements

You are now at the point of choosing what to do and where to go beyond Year 11. Making decisions about the next stage of your education is both exciting and challenging. Exciting because you can now focus on the areas of study, which you are most passionate about, which will lead to success and enjoyment. Challenging, because you need to make an informed decision, which might play a significant part in your career plans for the future.

As an Academy we have taken care to provide a broad curriculum offer. We aim to make learning interesting, inspiring and enjoyable. The curriculum structure of our post-16 courses means you can take a broad range of courses and gain nationally recognised qualifications at the end of both Year 12 and Year 13.

Some of the subjects will be entirely new to you; others may offer progression from your current GCSEs.

Instead of studying up to ten subjects you will now be studying only three. Class sizes will be smaller and you might find that lessons have more discussion taking place. The work will, of course, be more challenging and you will need to study hard to understand some of the ideas you will encounter. More will be expected of you outside the classroom in terms of preparation and independent study and you will be expected to be interested enough in your chosen subjects to be ‘reading around’ them.

Many of you will choose subjects at A Level that you have not studied before. It is particularly important in these subjects that you read about the subject and find out all you can to confirm your interest in taking lessons in the subject every day. You can’t change your subject choices once we get into the teaching year – it would be too late to pick up a different subject if you’ve missed the start of the course. It is possible to change on enrolment day after you have your GCSE results, assuming that you have met the entry requirements and that we still have spaces on the course.

You now have important decisions to make and your teachers will only be too pleased to help. If you are unsure of any point or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask your tutor or any senior member of staff.

 

Rivers Academy West London: Entrance Criteria Summary Guide

 

There are two available pathways:

Pathway

Entrance criteria

Courses

3a

8 A* - C  GCSE  (10 including vocational)

3 x A level

3b

6 A* - C   GCSE (8 including vocational)

Vocational & 1 x A level

 

A Level Subjects

 

Area

Subject Specific Criteria

Art

Grade B in Art

Biology

Grade B in all 3 Sciences in Triple Science or grade B in Science and Additional Science if taking Double Science. If you would like to study all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at A level you are required to have achieved two A grades in the GCSE Sciences.

Business Studies

Grade 5 in Maths and English. Although not an entry requirement, this course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Business Studies as this specification builds on the concepts and skills they have already learned. You would be expected to have gained at least a grade B in either GCSE Business or GCSE Business Communication studies plus a grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths.

Chemistry

Grade B in all 3 Sciences in Triple Science or grade B in Science and Additional Science if taking Double Science. Grade 5 in Maths GCSE. If you would like to study all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at A level you are required to have achieved two A grades in the GCSE Sciences.

Economics

Grade 5 in Maths and English

English IGCSE

Any student who has not previously obtained a grade 4 in GCSE English Language will automatically be entered to take this examination

English Literature

Grade 5 in English Language and Literature

Film Studies

If you studied Film Studies at GCSE you should have achieved a grade B or above. If you have not studied Film Studies at GCSE you must demonstrate a keen interest in Film.

French

Grade B in French

Geography

Grade B in Geography

Government and Politics

Grade 5 in English

History

Grade B in History and a grade 5 in English

Law

Grade 5 in English Language

Mathematics GCSE

Any student who has not previously obtained a 4 grade in GCSE Mathematics will be required to take this examination.

Mathematics

Grade 5 in GCSE Maths

(Further Mathematics – grade 7 or 8 at GCSE Maths in addition to being accepted on the standard Maths A level course)

Philosophy & Ethics

Grade 5 in English Language

Photography

Grade B in Art or Design Technology

Physics

Grade B in all 3 Sciences in Triple Science or grade B in Science and Additional Science if taking Double Science. Grade 5 in Maths GCSE. If you would like to study all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at A level you are required to have achieved two A grades in the GCSE Sciences.

Product Design

Grade B in Design Technology and / or Art, plus a grade 5 in English.

Psychology

Grade 5 in English Language, grade B in Science or grade 5 in Maths.

Sociology

Grade 5 in English

Spanish

Grade B in Spanish

 

Vocational Subjects

 

Area

Subject Specific Criteria

BTEC Business Studies

A keen interest in the area. If you studied the subject in Year 11 you should achieve at least a Merit grade at Level 2 or grade B in Business Communication. To progress onto the Diploma programme in Year 13 you will have to pass this course with a Merit or Distinction grade.

OCR Health & Social Care

A keen interest in the area. Minimum grade 4 in GCSE English. If you studied the subject in Year 11 you should achieve at least a Pass Grade at Level 2.

BTEC ICT

A keen interest in the area is essential. If you studied the subject in Year 11 you should achieve at least a Merit Grade at Level 2.

BTEC Science

At least a grade C in GCSE Science or a grade 4 in GCSE Maths

BTEC Sport

(Fitness Services)

At least a grade P2 in Cambridge National Physical Education