Sixth Form Admissions & Curriculum

At DEC Sixth Form we offer BTEC subjects as well as A Level courses. The admissions criteria for each are as below.

Note: Not all subjects listed will necessarily be able to run.

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Use the below forms to apply to Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Sixth Form

To study A Levels

Five grade 4 or above including English & Maths

  • A Level English: 6 + in English Literature / English Language, in addition to four other GCSE grades at 5+
  • A Level Maths: 7+ in Mathematics, 4+ in English. In addition to 3 other GCSE's at grade 5+
  • A Level History: Grade 6 at History GCSE and Grade 5 English NB: it is not a requirement to have studied History at GCSE to be accepted onto the A Level History course.
  • A Level Psychology: 6+ in English, 5+ Maths or Science, in addition to 3 other grades at 5+ NB: you do not have to have studied GCSE psychology to be accepted onto the course.
  • A Level Sociology: GCSE grade 6 in English Language or Literature, plus four other GCSE grades at 5+
  • A Level Product Design: Five GCSEs at grade 5+ to include English, Maths and a Design and Technology qualification at grade 6+ such as Resistant Materials, Engineering, Product Design or Systems and Control.
  • A Level Chemistry: 6 in Chemistry, 5+ in English and Maths. In addition to 2 other GCSE's at grade 5+
  • A Level Physics: 6 in Physics, 5+ in English and Maths. In addition to 2 other GCSE's at grade 5+
  • A Level Biology: 6 in Biology, 5+ in English and Maths. In addition to 2 other GCSE's at grade 5+
  • A Level Geography: Grade 6 at Geography GCSE and Grade 5 English and Grade 5 Maths, in addition to 2 other GCSE grades at 5+

For each proposed A Level course of study, the minimum requirement for that subject must be met.

To study BTECs

Four grade 4 or above at GCSE including English & Maths. If studied at Level 2 (GCSE or BTEC), a pass or 4+ in the relevant subject.

  • BTEC Level 3 Business: 4+ in English and Maths in addition to 2 other GCSE's at grade 4+
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care: 4+ in English and Maths in addition to 2 other GCSE's at grade 4+
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production: Four GCSE grades 4 or above to include English and Maths. First/Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade, plus Function Skills Level 2 in English and Maths
  • BTEC Level 3 Sport: 4+ in English and Maths, and a sports related qualification. In addition to one other GCSE at grade 4+ Sports Coaching Academy ​
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Health, Psychology & Sport Pathway

  • BTEC Health & Social
  • A Level Psychology
  • BTEC Sport
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English & Humanities Pathways

  • A Level English Literature
  • A Level Sociology
  • A Level History
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Business & Creative Pathway

  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC Media
  • A Level Product Design
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STEM Pathways

  • A Level Mathematics
  • A Level Product Design
  • A Level Physics