The following pathways are available at Finchley Catholic High School Sixth Form and students must meet the entrance criteria to gain a place:
GCSE average points score of 7.5 or above
GCSE average points 5 or above
GCSE average points 2.5 or above
In addition Level 3 students must ensure the following:
- Average GCSE score of 5 points or above across all subjects including grade Grade 5 in English Language / English Literature AND Grade 5 in Maths
- If no specific criteria listed below, then students should have a Grade 5 in the subject at GCSE. The exception to this are A Levels in Business, Classics, Economics, Politics and Psychology; Level 3 BTECs in Business and ICT.
- If you are interested in studying a subject which you have not studied at GCSE this can be discussed at your consultation meeting in January / February
- A positive reference which reflects our values and ethos
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:
|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|
|Economics||Grade 6 in English Literature/Language and Grade 6 in Maths plus successful completion of the July Bridging Course|
|English Literature||Grade 6 in English Language and Grade 6 in English Literature|
|French||Grade 7 in French|
|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|
|Music BTEC||Grade 4 on a musical instrument|
|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:
- Students should be discouraged from studying both English Literature and English Language.
- Students should be discouraged from studying the combination of Economics, Business and CFS.
- Students can only take Art or Photography, not both subjects.
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?
|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.|
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?
|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.|
|Combined Science Trilogy||55|
Should you have any further questions please contact the Director of Sixth Form, Mr Crosby, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org