CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION 2015-16

 

There are THREE distinct courses on offer to students in Year 13:

 

Course I:     GCE Advanced AS level (or equivalent) in FOUR subjects.

Course II:    GCE Advanced AS level (or equivalent) in THREE subjects.

Course III:   BTEC First Extended Certificate.

 

Admission to courses I and II will be determined on a points system where:

·         GCSE grade A* = 4 points,            GCSE grade A           = 3 points

·         GCSE grade B = 2 points,             GCSE grade C = 1 point

 

Short Course GCSEs carry a tariff of one half of a full GCSE:

·         GCSE grade A* = 2 points,            GCSE grade A           = 1.5 points

·         GCSE grade B           = 1 point,              GCSE grade C = 0.5 points

 

 

 

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION

 

 

1.    Students seeking admission to Course I (FOUR subjects) will require a minimum of 4 full GCSE subjects at grades A* to B and a minimum of 8 points.

In addition, as part of their GCSE profile, students must have at least a grade C in both English/English Language and Mathematics.

In the event of any of the Course I classes being oversubscribed, places will be allocated on the basis of the best GCSE profile.

 

2.    Students seeking admission to Course II (THREE subjects) will require a minimum of 5 full GCSE subjects at grades A* to C and a minimum of 6 points. {example minimum profiles include C/C/C/C/C/C = 6 points or C/C/C/C/B = 6points

or if short course GCSEs  were taken  c/c/C/C/C/B = 6 points}.

In addition, as part of their GCSE profile, students must have at least a grade C in either English/English Language or Mathematics.

In the event of any of the Course II classes being oversubscribed, places will be allocated on the basis of the best GCSE profile.

 

 

3.    Students seeking admission to Course III (BTEC First Extended Certificate in Business - Level 2, Cambridge Level 2 Technical Certificate in ICT or BTEC First Extended Certificate Level 2 in Health & Social Care) will require a minimum of 4 GCSE subjects at grade D or above. In the event of any of the Course III classes being oversubscribed, places will be allocated on the basis of the best overall GCSE profile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS (GCE Advanced AS level or equivalent)

 

4.    GCSE English grade C or better will be required for admission to GCE Advanced AS courses in English Literature, Government & Politics, History, Law, Religious Studies, Sociology and Applied Health & Social Care.

5.    GCSE Mathematics grade B or better, taken at Higher Level, will be required for admission to GCE Advanced AS Mathematics. Students who only studied GCSE Mathematics at Foundation Level will not be accepted for GCE Advanced AS Mathematics, regardless of the grade achieved.

6.    Students seeking admission to GCE Advanced AS courses in Biology or Chemistry will require grades BC in Additional Science and Core Science or a Grade A in GCSE Core Science. Students, seeking admission to BTEC Applied Science will require a Grade C or better in GCSE Core Science.

7.    GCSE Science grade C or better will be required for admission to GCE Applied Health & Social Care.

8.    Students may not choose more than one subject which is delivered via distance learning.

9.    Students seeking admission to GCE AS Music will require a minimum of Grade 3 in Music Theory and Grade 3 in their Musical Instrument.

10. Students may not choose more than two ‘new’ subjects at AS (or equivalent) level. A subject is deemed ‘new’ if it has not been taken at GCSE level.

 

 

ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC CRITERIA

 

11. Students who have completed a BTEC Diploma Level 2 or Extended Certificate in 2014/15 and who wish to enter Sixth Form to study GCE Advanced AS level subjects will require a Distinction at BTEC Diploma Level 2 or Extended Certificate in order to satisfy the minimum entry requirements. In addition, they will only be permitted to follow Course II (THREE subjects at GCE Advanced AS level). However please note that students applying for BTEC Diploma Level 2 or Extended Certificate must obtain a Distinction * in 2015/16 in order to satisfy entry into Sixth Form.

 

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA

 

12. Students seeking admission to Sixth Form must have a proven record of good citizenship (including attendance, punctuality and behaviour) within school. Attendance must be 95% or better unless documentary evidence can be produced to explain periods of absence.

13. In the event of any of the courses being oversubscribed, places will be allocated on the basis of the best GCSE profile.

14. In the event of a particular subject being oversubscribed, student’s behaviour and attendance will be taken into consideration.

15. Students transferring to St. Malachy’s High School from another school must be accompanied by their parent/guardian when attending for interview with a member of Senior Management. They must present a copy of their previous school’s reference form, detailing attendance, punctuality, behaviour and any additional special needs provision.

16. Students will be considered for admission to St. Malachy’s High School provided that, in the opinion of the Board of Governors, they would not prejudice the efficient use of the school’s resources.

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