What can I study?

Welcome to Chesterfield Sixth Form. We aim for the best for each of our students and work closely with staff and parents to ensure that students rise to the challenging targets set for them both academically and socially. We are proud of our Sixth Form’s reputation in ensuring that the vast majority of our students applying to university attend the institution of their choice and we support those entering employment or apprenticeships. Chesterfield staff know the students well and are able to offer individual guidance to assist them during their Sixth Form courses and in moving on to their post Sixth Form study or career path.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you would like any further information about any aspect of our Sixth Form.

Students entering the Sixth Form must have an excellent record of conduct, attendance, punctuality and application to work. A combination of A-Level and Vocational Courses are offered. The expected entry grades for these courses are detailed below:

Beyond their Level 3 subjects all students are offered the opportunity to complete other accredited courses. These include the Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the PIXL Edge Graduate and Master program. We continue to develop and diversify our curriculum provision at Chesterfield in our endeavour to offer our students the very best opportunities.

Ms C Bowers
Head of Sixth Form

Entry requirements and options for Sixth Form

Pathway proposals

PathwayGeneral entry requirementsOffer
1At least 8 GCSEs grades 9-6Students can opt for 4 A levels or 3 A levels and EPQ
2At least 8 GCSEs grades 9-5Students can opt for 3 A levels
3At least 8 GCSEs grades 9-4Students can opt for either 3 vocational subjects or 2 vocational and 1 A level or 2 A level and one vocational.
4At least 5 GCSEs grades 9-4Students can opt for 3 vocational equivalent subjects and will retake either English Language or Maths if less than grade 4 achieved in KS4.

In addition to the pathway criteria students must also meet the individual entry requirements of each subject they wish to study.

A LEVEL COURSES ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
ART & DESIGN   BTEC Art Merit or GCSE Art Grade 4 or Grade 4 in TextilesGCSE English Language Grade 4  
BIOLOGY   GCSE Biology Grade 6 or Trilogy Science at grade 6 provided the Biology component is a minimum of 6.GCSE English Language Grade 6GCSE Mathematics Grade 6  
CHEMISTRY   GCSE Chemistry Grade 6 or Trilogy Science at grade 6 provided the Chemistry component is a minimum of 6.GCSE English Language Grade 6GCSE Mathematics Grade 6  
ENGLISH LANGUAGE   GCSE English Language Grade 6GCSE English Literature Grade 5  
ENGLISH LITERATURE   GCSE English Literature Grade 5GCSE English Language Grade 5  
GEOGRAPHY   GCSE Grade 6 in GeographyGCSE English Language Grade 5GCSE Mathematics Grade 5  
HISTORY   GCSE Grade 6 in HistoryGCSE English Language Grade 5  
MATHEMATICS   GCSE Mathematics Grade 7  
FURTHER MATHEMATICS   GCSE Mathematics Grade 8  
PHYSICS   GCSE Physics Grade 6 or Trilogy Science at grade 6 provided the Physics component is a minimum of 6.GCSE English Language Grade 5GCSE Mathematics Grade 6  
PSYCHOLOGY   GCSE English Language Grade 6GCSE Science (preferably Biology) Grade 6  
SPANISH   GCSE Spanish Grade 6GCSE English Language Grade 5  
VOCATIONAL COURSES ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
APPLIED SCIENCE CRIMINOLOGY INVESTIGATION   GCSE Science Grade 5/5GCSE English Language Grade 5GCSE Mathematics Grade 5  
BUSINESS STUDIES   Average GCSE Point score of 4 and aboveGCSE English Language 5  
INFORMATON TECHNOLOGY   Average GCSE Point score of 4 and aboveGCSE English Language 4  
MEDIA STUDIES   Average GCSE Point score of 4 and aboveGCSE English Language 4  
PERFORMING ARTS (DRAMA)   Average GCSE Point score of 4 and aboveGCSE English Language 4  
SPORT   4 Grade 4s at GCSE or Pass at BTEC  
LEVEL 3 COURSES (EQUIVALENT TO ½ A-LEVEL) ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
CORE MATHEMATICS   GCSE Mathematics Grade 5  
EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION   Average Point Score and Above of  5GCSE English Language Grade 5