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    Hello guys. I am 16 and left school a few months ago. I received my GCSE grades last month and got 5 C's in: English, Maths, Science, ICT and ALAN (Adult Literacy and Numeracy). I also achieved an A grade in Philosaphy and Ethics and a D grade in Resistant Materials.

    I have a few questions to ask regarding A levels and six forms etc if you don't mind.

    Do I have the grades to do A levels? On alot of school websites it says you need 5 A*-C including English and Maths (which I have) and also a B grade in the subject you wish to study.

    Is there any possible chance of me getting into six form this late? I've emailed 8 schools asking if there is a chance I could go to their six form, but I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    My dream career is to become a forensic scientist, or a crime scene investigator. What A levels would be decent to study whilst in six form, as I understand going to university is essential when becoming on of these. I would also assume that you done an A level in either Biology or Chemistry, if not both?

    Another question is do you have to be a certain age to go to six form (in a school). If I wasn't able to attend six form this year am I able to attend six form next year even though I'd be 17?

    Sorry for all the questions guys and it would be appreciated if someone could answer some, thanks.
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    Someone will let you in, don't worry!
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    To study forensic science you ought to study A-level Biology and A-level Chemistry at least, followed by a third A-level.

    If you only have C grades in Science, then it's likely you won't be able to get in because often you have to get at least a grade B.

    You must contact your sixth forms to see if they can let you in. If they won't, consider the BTEC in Applied Science and see if they will let you enrol onto that?
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    (Original post by Callum118)
    Do I have the grades to do A levels? On alot of school websites it says you need 5 A*-C including English and Maths (which I have) and also a B grade in the subject you wish to study.
    Best thing to do is to contact the college. Those grades seem fine to me and I know a lot of people who took A levels at my sixth form only had Cs at GCSE. But it depends on what subjects you want to do and on the individual college.

    Is there any possible chance of me getting into six form this late? I've emailed 8 schools asking if there is a chance I could go to their six form, but I'll keep my fingers crossed.
    It's possible - it depends on the college again. Some won't have any space for you for example. Shouldn't be a huge problem but it's hard to predict.

    My dream career is to become a forensic scientist, or a crime scene investigator. What A levels would be decent to study whilst in six form, as I understand going to university is essential when becoming on of these. I would also assume that you done an A level in either Biology or Chemistry, if not both?
    Check out university courses and see what their required subjects are. I'd imagine you're looking at two or three sciences and possibly something like Maths. The 'Forensic Science' course at Kent, for example, has the entry requirements at BBC/BBB with a C grade in Chemistry, Biology or Human Biology plus a C at GCSE maths. I should think the more science subjects you do, the better, but it also depends what sort of unis you're looking at going to. Just have a look at their websites and see what they need, they'll most likely all require slightly different things.

    Another question is do you have to be a certain age to go to six form (in a school). If I wasn't able to attend six form this year am I able to attend six form next year even though I'd be 17?
    It's pretty much you have to be under 19, I believe (that's when education is free). My sister has taken a year out and is now 17 and is attending a sixth form college with no issues. Many places will be sympathetic to your circumstances; again it's something you can have a chat about with the people at the colleges you like the look of and try to work something out.
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    Thanks, ahh damn! Yeh I was thinking that but you'd need to go study it in college, which I really wouldn't want to do.
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    Best thing to do is to contact the college. Those grades seem fine to me and I know a lot of people who took A levels at my sixth form only had Cs at GCSE. But it depends on what subjects you want to do and on the individual college.



    It's possible - it depends on the college again. Some won't have any space for you for example. Shouldn't be a huge problem but it's hard to predict.



    Check out university courses and see what their required subjects are. I'd imagine you're looking at two or three sciences and possibly something like Maths. The 'Forensic Science' course at Kent, for example, has the entry requirements at BBC/BBB with a C grade in Chemistry, Biology or Human Biology plus a C at GCSE maths. I should think the more science subjects you do, the better, but it also depends what sort of unis you're looking at going to. Just have a look at their websites and see what they need, they'll most likely all require slightly different things.



    It's pretty much you have to be under 19, I believe (that's when education is free). My sister has taken a year out and is now 17 and is attending a sixth form college with no issues. Many places will be sympathetic to your circumstances; again it's something you can have a chat about with the people at the colleges you like the look of and try to work something out.
    Thanks for that, really helped me. Hopefully I can get in this year so I don't waste a year doing nothing. Kent university is also close to me, which is a bonus. That's one thing I'd hate doing at A level is Maths, I find it boring and quite difficult to be truthful. I'm more into subjects like science, sociology, philosaphy etc.
 
 
 

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