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Entrance Criteria

The following pathways are available at Finchley Catholic High School Sixth Form and students must meet the entrance criteria to gain a place:

 

Entrance criteria Pathway

GCSE average points score of 7.5 or above

  • (Recommended) Four Level 3 qualifications
  • One option from the Enrichment programme

GCSE average points 5 or above

  • Three Level 3 qualifications
  • Certificate of Financial Studies or Extended Project Qualification
  • One option from the Enrichment programme

GCSE average points 2.5 or above

  • Level 2 BTEC programme
  • One option from the Enrichment programme
  • Resit English and / or Maths (if necessary)

Please go to the bottom of this page to see an example of how to calculate GCSE Average Points Scores

 

 The subjects below have additional requirements:

Subject Entrance Criteria
Art Grade 6 in Art or an acceptable portfolio presented before the end of the summer term
Biology Grade 7 in Biology or 77 in Combined Science Trilogy [plus successful completion of the July Bridging Course for Combined Science Trilogy students only]
Chemistry Grade 7 in Chemistry or 77 in Combined Science Trilogy [plus successful completion of the July Bridging Course for Combined Science Trilogy students only]
Computer Science Grade 6 in Maths plus successful completion of the July Bridging Course
Economics Successful completion of the July Bridging Course
English Literature Grade 6 in English Language and Grade 6 in English Literature
Further Maths Grade 8 in Maths
Maths Grade 7 in Maths plus successful completion of the July Bridging Course
Music / Music Technology Grade 6 in Music or Grade 5 in Music Theory
Photography Grade 6 in Art or an acceptable portfolio presented before the end of the summer term
Physics Grade 7 in Physics or 77 in Combined Science Trilogy [plus successful completion of the July Bridging Course for Combined Science Trilogy students only]
Psychology Grade 6 in Biology or 66 in Combined Science Trilogy
Spanish Grade 7 in Spanish
 

Please be aware:

  1. Students should be discouraged from studying both English Literature and English Language.
  2. Students should be discouraged from studying the combination of Economics, Business and CFS.
  3. Students can only take Art or Photography, not both subjects.
  4. We strongly recommend students have a Grade 5 in the subject they wish to take at GCSE

Please note: any GCSEs studied out of school do count towards Average Points Scores (APS)

 

How to calculate GCSE Average Points Score?

 

Student A wants to study Physics, Maths, Economics and an Extended Project Qualification. Here are their set of GCSE results. Are they able to?

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GCSE Subjects GCSE Scores Well, they have met the entrance criteria for the Level 3 programme as their Average Points Score is 62 divided by 10 subjects, which is 6.2. They have met the subject entrance criteria for Physics and Economics, but unfortunately they will have to chose an alternative to Maths. It also calls into question what their future career choice is as Maths would be really beneficial to study alongside Physics and they may struggle to cope with the demands. This is a prime example of how students need to consider more than one pathway and be open minded as there may be the need to think about more than one option.
English Literature 7
English Language 6
Maths 6
Physics 7
Biology 6
Chemistry 6
RE 7
History 6
Product Design 4
French 7

 

Student B wants to study Psychology, Business, Media Studies and the Certificate in Financial Studies. Here are their set of GCSE results. Are they able to?

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GCSE Subjects GCSE Scores Well, this student was given a Level 3 offer as their predicted grades on their reference indicated they would achieve far higher than they have done. However, even though they achieved a Grade 7 in GCSE Business, their total points score for their GCSEs is 43. If you divide that by the number of subjects taken (nine) their average points score is 4.78. Therefore they have not met the entrance criteria for Level. They can access the Level 2 BTEC programme, but there would be no guarantee of a place as students would have already been offered a place on this programme (and this is becoming increasingly popular). If they go on to do the Level 2 programme and they earn Merits and above in each of their BTEC qualifications they can access the Level 3 programme the following year. However, subject specific criteria still applies, so this student would not be able to access their initial choice of Psychology.
English Literature 5
English Language 4
Maths 5
Combined Science Trilogy 55
RE 4
History 4
Business 7
French 4

Should you have any further questions please contact the Director of Sixth Form, Mr Crosby, by email on gcrosby@finchleycatholic.org.uk