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your courses

Choosing your courses

We encourage the majority of students to study 4 subjects

when they begin Sixth Form. At the end of Year 12, most

students should expect to achieve an AS qualification in these

subjects. After August results,

and not before,


typically drop one subject and take three of these subjects

through to full A Level.

Progress from Year 12 to Year 13 is not automatic and is

dependent upon grades achieved in AS Level examinations

and/or Level 3 BTEC courses. To progress to Year 13 students

are required to achieve a minimum of three AS Level passes at

grade E or above.

The options process

Potential students apply to Sixth Form during the first term of

Year 11. Subject staff are consulted as to whether students are

likely to succeed in the subjects they have chosen and

interviews are held with students. For those applying from

other schools, you will be asked to attend an interview and we

will request references from your current school. Option pools

are then created on the basis of this information. It is hoped

that we will be able to accommodate students’ wishes over all

subject choices but occasionally this is not possible. Where this

is the case, further negotiations will take place.

The Ecclesbourne School |

Sixth Form Prospectus