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Admissions 2019

For entry to our Sixth Form in September 2019, Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Wednesday 30th January 2019

Please see the information below and contact if you have any questions.

Sixth Form Pathways 

Minimum entry requirements for Sixth Form admission to Ribston Hall High school entry September 2018 is six GCSE passes at Grade 5. For each course, there are entry additional requirements, please check this information carefully. There are 3 possible Programmes of study students applying for places at Ribston Hall can undertake. Depending on your GCSE results and your intended career paths, students should select the Programme of study most appropriate to them.

Students should apply for the suitable Pathway based on their GCSE predictions. If students achieve better or not as well as expected, alternative pathways will be advised and allocated on results day in August 2018.


Programme of Study

Programme of Study

Programme of Study


4 Subjects 

Participation in a Russell Group /Oxbridge/ Medics Preparation Programme

3 Subjects + Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

3 subjects


Students predicted to achieve six Grade 8 or above (including Grade 5 or above in English and Maths)

Students predicted to achieve a minimum of  Six Grade 6 or above (including Grade 5 or above in English and Maths)

Students predicted to achieve a minimum of Six Grade 5 or above

Suitable for

Students aspiring to a Russell Group university

Students considering Medicine or Veterinary Science

Students who are unsure of their career path, but would like to keep options as broad as possible. Students who can cope with the rigour of 4 subjects and achieve high grades in all areas at the end of Year 1

Students considering University or Higher Apprenticeship

Students with a specific career path in mind e.g. Law where an EPQ on a law based topic would enhance your application and in some cases lower the offer universities might make.

Students who are creative, arts focused or sports enthusiasts who would like to create an artefact or something similar for the EPQ.

Students applying for a very competitive course e.g. nursing

Students who will definitely be interviewed for their undergraduate course.

Students considering university, employment or apprenticeships.

Students who know they need the time to focus their efforts on just 3 subjects to ensure a consistent high performance in all 3 areas.

Information Advice and Guidance. 

Students selecting Programme of Study 1 should remember that most universities using a grading system to make offers e.g. subject grades BBB and will not expect 4 subjects. Universities will make offers based on their admissions criteria, usually 3 strong subject grades.

Students considering Programme of Study 2 should be aware that there are a number of universities who offer a lower entry criteria if you have completed the EPQ.  For example, to study BSc Business Analytics at Southampton University the offer is as follows AAB or ABB with A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This is not available at every university, so students should remember to do their research before selecting this as an option.

Students opting for Programme of Study 3 should plan to make structured use of independent study time to ensure they maintain consistent grades in all three areas. If students perform well, meeting all their target grades in end of year examinations, students might be offered the opportunity to complete an EPQ. Again, universities prefer 3 strong subject grades.

Subject Entry Requirements 

Subject Minimum Requirements (GCSE)
Art & Design: Fine Art Grade 6 Art & Design
Art & Design: Photography Grade 6 in Art & Design OR Photography
Art & Design: Textiles Design Grade 6 in DT Textiles OR Art & Design
Business Studies Grade 6 in English Language
Computer Science Grade 6 in Mathematics
Dance GCSE Dance is not an essential requirement
English Language Grade 6  in English Language
English Literature Grade 6 in English Literature or Language
Extended Project Qualification Grade 6 in English Literature
Film Studies Grade 6 in English Language or Literature
Food Science and Nutrition Level 3 Grade 6 in Design & Technology: Food
French Grade 6 in French including Higher Tier Listening
Geography Grade 6 in Geography
German Grade 6 in German including Higher Tier Listening
Government & Politics Grade 6 in History or English Language/Literature
History Grade 6 in History
Mathematics Grade 7 in Mathematics
Further Mathematics Grade 8 in Mathematics (to be studied alongside A Level Mathematics)
Music Grade 6 Music
Philosophy & Ethics Grade 6 in Religious Studies or Grade 6 English
Physical Education Grade 6 in Physical Education or equivalent
Psychology Grade 6 in English Language AND Grade 5 in Mathematics AND Science
Science - Biology Grade 6 in Biology (Triple Science) OR
Grade 6/7 in Core/Additional Science
The Grade 7 must be in the Additional Science
Science - Chemistry

Grade 6 in Chemistry (Triple Science) AND

Grade 6 in Mathematics OR

Grade 7 in Trilogy Science

AND Grade 6 in Mathematics

Science - Physics

Grade 6 in Physics (Triple Science) OR

Grade 7 in Core/Additional Science AND

Grade 6 in Mathematics

Sociology Grade 6 in English Language/Literature/RS/History
Spanish Grade 6 in Spanish including Higher Tier Listening

Selecting the right course for you

It is really important you research fully before selecting your courses for A Level. You should read the subject information fully to ensure you know the units you will cover and the assessment information for each course. Additionally, ask for guidance from subject staff and other students to get a balanced idea of what the course entails. If you are following a specific career path e.g. Medicine, you MUST research what the entry requirements are for these courses at university level. You may need to contact university admission services directly to find out this information. Additionally, you should make use of the UCAS course search function at the link below. We realise that this is a big decision for you to make, and understand you may change subject options along the way.  Once you have applied to Ribston Hall, if you have any changes you wish to make, you simply need to contact us at with your name and the course you wish to change from and to. Once you have started your A Levels, if you wish change your subjects, this ideally needs to be within the first two weeks of study and you need to approach a member of the Sixth Form team. 

The following link may be helpful to identify which subjects are needed for university courses. UCAS course search