Sixth Form

Choosing Courses 

Windsor Sixth Form Offers an Extensive Curriculum

The Level 3 courses available ensure students have access to subjects that interest them and allow the required combinations to gain a place at University. Each type of course offers something different to the student. It is important these differences are taken in to consideration when making option choices.

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Academic Entry Requirements

These entry requirements are published annually to all applicants.

Advanced Level courses

A-Level courses are studied in Years 12 and 13 and examined at the end of Year 13. Students will take 3 A-Levels (in some circumstances students may take 4).
Students will need to meet all of the following requirements for entry into Windsor Sixth Form:

A minimum of five separate subjects at grade 4 or higher at GCSE Level.
A minimum of grade 4 in both GCSE English or Literature and Mathematics.
In addition, students must achieve the standard required by the individual subjects for study at A-Level.

Subject specific requirements are listed on each subject document on the website on the subject course outlines page:

www.windsor.windsoracademytrust.org.uk/sixth-form/sixth-form-courses/

BTEC/CTEC Courses

These courses are assessed through a mixture of internal and external assessment. This style of course is very different to the A-Level course.  Consisting mainly of coursework assignments with a smaller exam element, the courses would suit those students who do not enjoy the exam process.  Like all Level 3 courses good independent study skills are vital. They are equivalent to A-Levels and are two year full-time courses.   An A-Level can be studied alongside a BTEC or CTEC Course.

OCR National Level 3

OCR Nationals offer a different approach again to learning as students can study at their own pace.  Learners receive certificates for individual units, full qualifications, or any combination of units, meaning they can gain recognition for their achievements as they progress.

To study the OCR National or BTEC courses students must have five grade 4’s or equivalent.

In some cases there are special entry requirements due to the demands of a course (see subject outlines page on website).  Where possible we would prefer students to have at least a grade 4 at GCSE in any subject they are taking through to Level 3.  Where a related GCSE has not been taken, the performance in the core subjects will be used as an indicator of suitability.  Students should try not to start too many completely new subjects as this will create the added pressure of adjusting to something different.