Oxted School offers a wide variety of courses at Level 3 including a combination of A-levels and BTEC Level 3 courses.
Every year we welcome many students who have previously studied at other schools. Admission to the Sixth Form is predicated on the principle that it is possible to offer each student courses that are most appropriate for them and offer the greatest chance of success, progression, fulfilment and enjoyment.
Sixth Form Entry Requirements - Examinations
Any GCSE examinations that are missed, but are supported with authorised medical or personal reasons notified to the Exams Office at the time, may be taken into account by the Sixth Form Team should the entry requirements for Sixth Form study not be met. Failure to provide authorised medical or personal reasons may adversely affect any application and entry to the Sixth Form should the result be a failure to meet the specific entry requirements.
To study Advanced Level and BTEC Level 3 courses over a two year programme
In general, we would expect students wishing to study three A-level or BTEC Level 3 subjects in Year 12 to secure a minimum of a grade 5 in either English Language or English Literature and Mathematics* and 5 other GCSE’s or equivalent grades A*-C. Students must also meet the specific entry requirements for each course which are detailed on the relevant subject page in this booklet. Students may choose a combination of A-level and BTEC Level 3 qualifications. (*A comparison of the new and old GCSE grades is attached).
The Sixth Form Team will advise and guide students through this process and provide any support that they may need to make appropriate choices.
Course Choices and Enrichment Courses
We make every effort to timetable the option choices of all students, but please note that it is not always possible for every student’s request to be met. Where we are not able to timetable an option choice we will notify the student early to provide support in the selection of another option choice. Every effort is made to maximise the number of option choices allocated to students.
Enrichment courses are additional to the main study courses. Students may opt for an additional enrichment course. We require an indication of a student’s preferred choice at this stage of the application process. Allocation of the enrichment courses will take place when students’ main courses of study have been timetabled in September. Timetable constraints may affect their choice of enrichment course but we endeavour to accommodate students’ choices as far as possible.
The subjects we offer are available provided sufficient enrolments in the teaching group are received. The positioning of subjects in groups for timetabling is redesigned each year to suit the requirements of the majority of students while ensuring a realistic course is undertaken.
Entry Requirements to continue into Year 13
At the end of Year 12 all students will have taken either an internal mock or external AS exam in their subject.
The expectation is that a student must obtain a D grade in that subject if they wish to continue to study it in Year 13 Students who achieve a U grade in their subject will not be allowed to continue on to Year 13 unless there are extenuating circumstances.