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Welcome to Sandbach School Sixth Form! We are a growing and dynamic sixth form enrolling boys and girls from 16-19. Our primary aim is to provide outstanding opportunities for our students both inside and outside of the classroom and to maximise their potential. As one of the leading post-16 providers in Cheshire East, we have a proven track record of students achieving the best possible outcomes to best prepare them for life beyond school. In 2013 our consistently excellent A Level results were recognised by ALPS (A Level Performance System) as being in the top 5% of post-16 providers nationally.

Achievement at Sandbach School goes beyond the academic excellence that we all strive for. As you will see in the following pages, students in our sixth form are developed as people through a broad range of extra curricular opportunities and a student leadership programme. Whether you are successful in getting onto the Senior Student Team, or work as an learning mentor for younger students, you will be supported in your own personal leadership goals. Students’ long term aims and ambitions are also supported and developed through a program of advice and guidance that ensures all students are well informed to make decisions about their future.

As a prospective student, or parent, I hope you will find this website useful as you make your choices.

We look forward to welcoming you into our sixth form!

Andy Barker

Director of Sixth Form

Study programmes

Sandbach School Sixth Form offers a broadly academic curriculum involving a wide range of academic subjects, in addition to some very successful vocational options.  September 2017 sees the final stage of a major change to the way A Levels are taught and assessed. From September 2017, all A Level subjects will be ‘linear’, which means that the majority of students will commit to a two year programme of study which will be assessed at the end. 

Linear A Levels

Linear A Levels

A-level Art and Design/Graphics

A-level Art and Design

A-level Biology

A-level Business

A-level Chemistry

A-level Computer Science

A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-d design)

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies

A-level Economics

A-level English Language

A-level English Literature

A-level French

A-level Further Maths

 

A-level Geography

A-level German

A-level Government and Politics

A-level History

A-level Law

A-level Mathematics

A-level Media Studies

A-level Music

A-level Physics

A-level Physical Education

A-level Psychology

A level Religious Studies

A-level Sociology

 

Vocational Courses

L3 Diploma in Sport (BTEC) – Extended

L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media (Cambridge Technicals)

L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology (BTEC)

Level 3 National ICT (BTEC)

ENTRY DETAILS

For a level 3 course the basic entry requirement is five GCSE, grades C (grade 5) or above.

The table below indicates if a GCSE in the subject to be taken at A Level is desirable. The final column details the specific grade expected and further information.

Subject

Prior GCSE

Specific Subject GCSE Grades Expected and Additional Skills

Art Craft & Design/Graphics

Yes

C in Art or Graphics

Biology

Yes

B in Additional Science or B in Biology in Triple Science. Also B in Science (higher tier)

Business Studies

Yes

C in Business Studies if taken, but not necessary, 5 in English Language and Maths.

Chemistry

Yes

B in Additional Science or B in Chemistry in Triple Science. Also 6 in Maths (higher tier)

Computer Science

Yes

B in GCSE Computing. Other candidates may be considered, this should be discussed with the subject teacher.

Creative Media

No

C in Art or Art Graphics, Drama or Music. An interest/competence in using digital media.

Drama & Theatre

Yes

5 in English

Economics

No

6 in English and Maths

English Language

Yes

6 in English Language at higher level entry

English Literature

Yes

6 in English Literature

French

Yes

B in French

Further Maths

Yes

7 preferably 8 in Maths

Geography

Yes

B in Geography at higher level entry, also 6 in Maths

German

Yes

B in German

History

Yes

C in History if taken, otherwise evidence of a good reading, comprehension and writing skills

ICT (vocational)

Yes

Previous study in an information technology subject is an advantage but not essential.

Law

No

6 in English

Maths

Yes

7, 6 if completed bridging course to cover the grade 7-9 aspects of GCSE

Media Studies

No

5 in English Language (higher tier)

Music

No

Either Music grade C or significant extra curriculum/out of school music

Music Technology (Vocational)

No

Either Music grade C or a merit in BTEC Music, or high tech skills/music interest

Physical Education

Yes

C in GCSE written paper

Physics

Yes

B in Additional Science or B in Physics in Triple Science. Also 6 Maths (higher tier)

Politics

No

C in History if taken, otherwise evidence of good reading, comprehension and writing skills. Plus a keen interest in current affairs.

Product Design

Yes

C in Design (not food), evidence of good work ethic/design skills

Psychology

No

5 in Maths and English. C in Science. Must have a willingness to read and be inquisitive.

Religious Studies

Yes

C in any humanities subject

Sociology

No

5 in English