The Peterborough School Curriculum Booklet 2016 - page 7

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY ONTO SPECIFIC A LEVEL COURSES
The Peterborough School threshold, or minimum entry requirement, for a full three A Level programme is 5 B
grades at GCSE, which must include minimum B grades in the individual subjects to be studied at A Level,
however please see the detail below regarding individual subject requirements, which may dictate a higher
threshold.
Subject
Qualification
Essential
GCSE
Desirable GCSE
Notes
Art & Design
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
B in Art & Design
A in Art & Design
Experience of an art & design
based GCSE subject and
evidence of an art & design
portfolio are highly desirable.
Ability to work independently.
Biology
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
A in Core
and
Additional
Science
or
A
Biology
A in Core and
Additional
Science or A in
Biology and
A in Maths
GCSE Science alone is not a
suitable basis.
Pupils with lower grades must
discuss their options with the
HOD before signing up
Business
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
C
in English, C in
Mathematics
Keen interest in business news
would be helpful.
Chemistry
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
A in Core
and
Additional
Science
or
A in
Chemistry
A in Core and
Additional
Science or A in
Chemistry and A
in Maths
GCSE Science alone is not a
suitable basis.
Pupils with lower grades must
discuss their options with the
HOD before signing up.
Drama
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
B in Drama
A keen interest in theatre and
performance is desirable and
helpful, as is previous
experience of performing.
Ability to work creatively and
independently is also helpful.
Economics
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
B in English, B in
Mathematics
Keen interest in ‘real world
issues’ helpful (e.g. how
countries increase living
standards and reduce poverty).
English
Literature
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
B in English
Language
and
English Literature
At least an A
grade in English
Language and
English Literature
Genuine appetite for reading: as
well as set texts, wider reading
is required. The ability to write
with accuracy and fluency is
essential.
French
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
B in French
A in French
A stay in the target language
country is recommended.
Geography
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
B in Geography
Non Higher Tier GCSE
geographers should have good
GCSEs. Those with poorer
grades must expect to argue
their case.
German
A-level
(reformed)
TPS Threshold
B German
A in German
A stay in the target language
country is recommended.
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