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Subject Entry Requirements

Furze Platt offers an exceptional range of A-Level subjects and Level 3 applied courses. These are divided into five pathways – Applied, Applied+, Academic, Extended and Extended+.

Applied Pathway Qualifications

These qualifications are also available to the Applied + Pathway, Academic Pathway & Extended Pathway.

Single qualification equivalent to one A-Level and Double qualification equivalent to two A-levels.

Pathway Entry Requirements: An average of 4- 'Attainment 8' score (broadly equivalent to 4 grade 3s and 4 grade 4s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths (Attainment 8 Score 3.5 - 4.49)

Course details are currently being updated.

Subject (Qualification)

Subject Entry Requirements

Subject Overview

Art, Craft and Design

(A-Level)

At least a grade 4 in GCSE Art & Design or equivalent. Students will be expected to have a tool kit with basic art media, details for this will be provided on induction day.

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Business (Single)

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (Single)

At least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language. GCSE Business at level 5 or above (as well as a level 5 in Maths and English).

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Criminology

WJEC Level 3 Diploma 

At least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a grade 4 in GCSE Biology, or grade 4/4 in Combined Science, or distinction in BTEC Science. We recommend that students do not combine Psychology and Criminology as some elements of the courses can overlap. If you have special interest in both subjects or you cannot decide which one is more appropriate for your interests, we will happily discuss it with you individually.

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Digital Media 

Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate 

At least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

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IT 

Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma 

A grade 4 or Merit in an ICT related course and a grade 5 in English Language is recommended due to the extensive report writing on the course.

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Photography

(A-Level)

At least a grade 4 in GCSE Art & Design or a grade 4 in a Technology subject or Media studies. All students must have a digital camera prior to beginning the course, details for this will be provided on induction day. A good working knowledge of Photoshop is required if you have not studied Art at GCSE.

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Product Design

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in Technology , Art or Photography GCSE.

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Applied Human Biology

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate 

 At least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and at least a grade 4 in GCSE Biology (if doing separate sciences) or at least a grade 4/4 in Combined Science. 

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Sport

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate 

At least a grade 4 in GCSE P.E. or if not taken a grade 4 in GCSE Biology, or a grade 4/4 in Combined Science, or distinction in BTEC Science.

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 Applied + Pathway Qualifications

Pathway Entry Requirements: An average of a 5- in a student's ‘Attainment 8’  (broadly equivalent to 5 grade 4s and 3 grade 5s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths subjects is needed, along with a grade 4+ in both English and Maths. (Attainment 8 Score 4.5 - 4.9). 

Students must pick 2 subjects from the Applied Pathway Qualifications above, with at least 1 of these being a BTEC subject. A maximum of 1 additional option may be selected from our Academic Qualifications below. Alternatively, students may select all 3 subjects from the Applied Pathway Qualifications listed above.

Academic Pathway Qualifications

These qualifications are also available to the Extended Pathway.

Pathway Entry Requirements: An average of 5 'Attainment 8' score (broadly equivalent to 8 grade 5s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths (Attainment 8 Score of 5 - 6.49). 

Subject (Qualification) Subject Entry Requirements Course Details

Biology

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and at least a grade 5 in GCSE Biology, (if doing separate sciences) or at least a grade 5/5 in Combined Science.

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Business

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Business. Please note that Business cannot be chosen with Economics.

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Chemistry 

(A-Level)

 At least a grade 5 in GCSE Chemistry, (if doing separate sciences) or at least a grade 5/5 in Combined Science.

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Computer Science 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Computer Science / Computing or a grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

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Drama

 (A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Drama and if not taken at GCSE, successfully passing an audition / interview.

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Economics 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Business. Please note that Business cannot be chosen with Economics.

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English Literature 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and grade 5 in English Literature.

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French 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE French.

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Further Maths 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 7 in GCSE Maths.

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Geography 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Geography and a grade 5 in English Language is strongly recommended.

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German 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE German.

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History 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE History and a grade 5 in English Language.

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Maths 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

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Music 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Music and working  at equivalent to a Grade 5 level at the beginning of the course . Grade 5 theory is strongly recommended.

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Physical Education

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE P.E. or if not taken a grade 5 in GCSE Biology, or a grade 5/5 in Combined Science. For further information please click

Physics 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Physics (if doing separate sciences) or at least a grade 5/5 in Combined Science and at least a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. A combination with Maths A-Level is strongly recommended.

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Psychology 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in English Language.  A grade 5 in Biology or 5/5 in Combined Science is strongly recommended. We recommend that students do not combine Psychology and Criminology as some elements of the courses can overlap. If you have special interest in both subjects or you cannot decide which one is more appropriate for your interests, we will happily discuss it with you individually.

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Politics

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language or a grade 5 in GCSE History or Geography is strongly recommended.

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Religious Studies

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Philosophy & Religion (PR) or a grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature if PR not taken.

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Spanish 

(A-Level)

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Spanish.

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 Extended Pathway Qualifications

Choose 1 in addition to 3 A-Levels from the Applied/Academic Pathway/s.

Pathway Entry Requirements: An average of 7- 'Attainment 8' score (largely equivalent to 3 grade 6s and 5 grade 7s) across 8 highest GCSEs including grade 5 in GCSE English & Maths (Attainment 8 score of 6.5 - 7.75).

Subject (Qualification) Subject Entry Requirements Course Details

Extended Project Qualification

At least a grade 6 in GCSE English and a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

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Maths 

(AS-Level)

At least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

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Further Maths 

(AS-Level)

At least a grade 7 in GCSE Maths.

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Extended Plus Pathway 

Choose 4 A-Levels from the Academic or Applied Pathway.

Pathway Entry Requirements: An average of 8- 'Attainment 8' score (largely for students who achieve mainly grade 8+) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths (Attainment 8 Score of 7.75 or above).
 

Please note:

It is strongly recommended that students studying academic pathway subjects should hold at least a grade 5 in English and Maths.

  • Some subjects may be taught at another Maidenhead Consortium school.
  • Subjects can be withdrawn if there are insufficient numbers wanting to take the course.

Transition Statement Guidelines 

FPSS Sixth Form Application - Transition Statement

This is your opportunity to convince us that you will be a brilliant student for our Sixth Form.

It is essential to make this as good as possible, to make the right impression about your approach to tasks. So the content, layout, spelling, punctuation and grammar all need to be perfect.  Write a draft in Word, get someone (parent, friend, teacher who agrees to do so, etc) to check it and when it is as good as you can make it, copy and paste it into your application. The standard and the effort you have made with it will say a lot about you.

1. Start off by saying what you are applying for, for instance: 

   “I would like to apply for the applied/academic/extended pathway, taking these subjects... my reserve subjects are...”

2. For each subject that you want to take, explain why they are good choices for you.  For each subject, include:

  • Why the subject interests you.  Convince us that you will love studying the subject. Mention aspects of the subject that you have read about in the prospectus (to prove that you have actually read it!).
  • How your GCSE subjects have prepared you for this course. So, if you are taking that subject at GCSE, how well are you doing? Grade? Attitude to learning? How much does it interest you?  Why do you want to study it at a higher level? If the Sixth Form subject is one that you are not doing at GCSE, you will need to mention GCSE subjects that you think are relevant to the subject.
  • What skills and qualities you have that suit you to the course and the way you will be learning the subject in the Sixth Form.  E.g. Do you enjoy extended writing? Are you good at independent study? Are you creative? Are you good at practical work? Give examples of how you have demonstrated these strengths. Any interests/activities in or out of school that demonstrate your interest in this subject?

Make sure you have done the above for each subject.

3. Say a little about your plans for the future and how your chosen courses will help you achieve this. You may have a particular career in mind, in which case say why these subjects are important to you. You may have no idea at the moment, in which you could say something like, “At the moment I am undecided about the future. After Sixth Form I hope to go to university/find an apprenticeship/find a job and so I want to get the best possible A-Level results to maximise my chances.”

4. Say why you will be an asset to the Sixth Form. Tell us about what you have been like so far at school – e.g. excellent attendance, punctuality, attitude to learning (don’t forget we have a record of all this!). Tell us about how you have got involved in various aspects of school life and any positions of responsibility you have held.  What can you offer the Sixth Form? What extra-curricular activities would you like to do?

Making Your Subject Choices 

There are many different options open to you as you come to the end of Year 11. The decisions that you make now will affect the opportunities which are open to you for the rest of your life. It’s important to get it right. We hope that you will find courses at Furze Platt Senior School Sixth Form which are right for you. We also hope that our Sixth Form is a place where you feel you can settled and enjoy your studies for the next two years. Our examination results over the years show that Furze Platt Sixth Formers are successful: that should be an important consideration for you.

Before you make your choices you need to ask some key questions:

  • How well will I do in my GCSE examinations?
  • Which are my favourite subjects?
  • Which subjects am I best at?
  • Am I aiming for Higher Education or training at the age of 18? (The UCAS website will tell you if you need particular qualifications to get access to Higher Education courses at 18.)
  • What sort of career am I likely to be interested in when I start looking for work? You may be aiming to carry on with subjects that you have studied at GCSE but there are some post-16 courses of which you will have no experience.
  • Find out as much as you can about the content of the courses you are interested in.
  • Talk to teachers and students who have experience of the courses.
  • Read the details in the prospectus.
  • Visit the examination board web sites to find out more.
  • Do not miss the Open Evening in November where you can find out more about Sixth Form opportunities.
  • Make sure you take advantage of additional opportunities in lessons, assemblies and after school meetings to find out about Sixth Form courses.
  • Talk to teachers who are closely involved with the work of the Sixth Form.

 Current Student Applications

Current Furze Platt students - will receive help through PSHE lessons with their application.        

Guest Student Applications

Guest students - please register using the link below. 

 

Mrs M Pasa - Sixth Form Manager

Ms D Bouzid - Sixth Form Learning Mentor

For further assistance with Sixth Form admissions please contact 01628 625308 ext. 604 or email sixthform.admin@furzeplatt.net

Address: Furze Platt Sixth Form, Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7NQ

Subject Presentations from Open Evening 2019: