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My sixth form is quite average tbh but the secondary is one of the best in the country but that shouldn't affect the entry requirements for the 6th form which are ridiculous - you have to get 8 GCSEs all being above 5 which is fine but the subjects you want to study at A level have to be a minimum 8 at GCSE. Is this normal? Are they just using that as a tactic so students work harder to get the entry requirements but in reality they accept students with worse grades?
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Some sixth forms are like that. My sixth form requires 5 6s to do 3 a levels and you have to get a 8 in maths and 7s in science since it’s a stem like school and the stuff you learn is harder so they don’t want people getting low marks. However my school does accept students if they think they’ll work hard to achieve these grades but they won’t take 4/5s. It depends on your sixth form.
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Some sixth forms are like that. My sixth form requires 5 6s to do 3 a levels and you have to get a 8 in maths and 7s in science since it’s a stem like school and the stuff you learn is harder so they don’t want people getting low marks. However my school does accept students if they think they’ll work hard to achieve these grades but they won’t take 4/5s. It depends on your sixth form.
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I attend what the government would call an "underperforming" state school with only 30% achieving a Grade 5 or above in English and Maths. On paper out sixth form requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs at (9-5) including Maths and English for traditional A level courses: humanities, social sciences, PE, drama, art etc.
In order to study "Higher A levels" you need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at (9-6) including Maths and English as well as a 7/7-7 in Science/Maths to study STEM subjects. 8 for Further Maths.
However, realistically the school has told its students that they'll accept them to do science A levels with a Grade 5 in their Science GCSE.

Maybe the entry requirements are high to increase competition for places at your sixth form for external students as that's what it looks like my school is doing.
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My sixth form is quite average tbh but the secondary is one of the best in the country but that shouldn't affect the entry requirements for the 6th form which are ridiculous - you have to get 8 GCSEs all being above 5 which is fine but the subjects you want to study at A level have to be a minimum 8 at GCSE. Is this normal? Are they just using that as a tactic so students work harder to get the entry requirements but in reality they accept students with worse grades?
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Pretty harsh tbh. It's all about school reputation.
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