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Courses offered for September 2019:

Once we have received applications by the 1 February 2019 deadline, we will set up our option blocks.  If an applicant's preferred subject combination does not fit, we will contact them for an Advice & Guidance meeting in March and April. 

Subject Entry Requirements at St Martin’s School

The requirements for studying a particular subject are listed in the following table.  More details of the courses are provided on the relevant subject page on the Sixth Form website

Where a student wishes to continue a subject from GCSE into A Level but does not achieve the required GCSE results, every effort is taken to ensure fair treatment between such a student and others who have not previously studied the subject.

The number of classes and the availability of particular subjects are dependent upon the initial level of interest demonstrated by potential students and upon the staffing and other resources available.  Whilst every reasonable effort will be made to provide the courses listed, any may be withdrawn without further notice should the school decide that this action is warranted.  Similarly, it cannot be guaranteed that subjects will be available in any particular combination.

Route 1 3 A levels with EPQ
Route 2 A combination of A levels and at least one BTEC Extended Certificates with EPQ
Route 3 1 or 2 BTEC subjects with relevant work experience
Route 1 Five 9-5 grades at GCSE including a 4 in English and Maths ; plus individual subjects require a 6; Maths requires 7, Further Maths requires 8
Route 2 Five 9- 4 grades at GCSE including a 4 in English and Maths
Route 3 Five 9- 4 grades at GCSE including a 4 in English and Maths


Entry requirements where this subject has been studied at GCSE

Entry requirements where this subject has not been studied at GCSE

Art & Design

Art & Design 6

A portfolio of work of an equivalent standard



Biology 5


Double Award Science 5/5, Maths 6

Business Studies

Business Studies 6 or Economics 6 or BTEC Business at Distinction level

Any Humanity 6 (full course) or English Lit/Lang 6, and Maths 5

Business Studies Extended Certificate BTEC

Business Studies 5 or Economics 5 or BTEC Business at Merit level

Any Humanity 5 (full course) or English Lit/Lang 5, and Maths 4


Chemistry 5

Double Award Science 5/5, Maths 6

Computer Science

Computing 6

Maths 6

D & T  (Product Design Graphics with Materials)

Technology 6


D & T  (Textiles)

Technology (Textiles) 6


Drama & Theatre Studies

Drama 6 or BTEC Performing Arts Merit

English Language 6


Economics 6 or Business Studies 6

Any Humanity 6 or English 6 and Maths 6

English Language

English Language 6


English Literature

English Literature 6 and English Language 6


Food Science and Nutrition – Level 3 Diploma

GCSE 9-4 in one or more of: Food Prep & Nutrition, Hospitality & Catering or Home Economics: Food & Nutrition



French 6


Further Maths (must also be studying Maths)

Maths 8



Geography 6

English 6 and a Science subject 6


German 6


Government and Politics


English 6, History 6, Sociology 6 or equivalent Humanity 6

Health and Social Care Extended Certificate BTEC

Health and Social Care Level 2 BTEC Merit.



Double Science 5/5


History 6

English, Sociology or equivalent Humanity 6

Information Technology BTEC

Information Technology 6 or Level 2 BTEC Distinction. 

Maths 5


Maths 7


Media Studies BTEC

Media Studies 6

English Language 6


Music 6

Grade 5 on any instrument or voice (or an ability to play/sing to this standard) A secure knowledge of music theory (Grade 5 preferable but not essential)



Photography 6 or Art 6


Portfolio of Photography work to the equivalent standard

Physical Education

Physical Education 6

Biology 6 or two Sciences 6/6 and English Language 6

Sport and Exercise Science Extended Certificate BTEC

Physical Education 5

Biology 5 or two Sciences 5/5 and English Language 5


Physics 5

Double Award Science 5/5, Maths 6



English 6, Biology 6 (or double science 5/5) and Maths 5


English, History, Sociology or equivalent Humanity 6



Sociology 6

English, History or equivalent Humanity 6

Route 1 and Route 2:  

Three subjects must be chosen, each from a separate block.  
Those choosing Further Maths in block A will automatically have Maths A Level included in their choice and therefore should choose two other subjects (not Maths) - one from block B and one from block C.    A reserve subject should also be chosen.    
Route 1 is A Levels only.
Route 2 is a combination of both A Level and at least one BTEC subject.

Route 3

One or two BTEC subjects to be chosen.  This pathway will include relevant work experience alongside studying for two BTECs.

For Available courses please see the KS5 Curriculum Page.