11-18  Co-educational Catholic Senior School in Bath

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Sixth Form Subjects

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Students need to have gained six grade 6 or above GCSEs to study in the Sixth Form at Prior Park, with some A Level subjects requiring a higher minimum GCSE grade. 

We believe A Levels provide the appropriate depth of knowledge for students to flourish intellectually, whilst being broad and rigorous qualifications that are highly regarded by universities and potential employers.

BTECs provides a valuable and well respected alternative pathway to university or employment. The practical nature of the BTEC Business course allows students to engage in physical activities, manage and run events and lead and work as members of a variety of teams. This should open up a wide range of possibilities for students in the world of work, enterprise, further and higher education.

The EPQ is growing in popularity with students and is highly regarded by universities.

IELTS is an exam required by universities to demonstrate an EAL student's level of English.

Further information on all subjects can be found in the Sixth Form Course Booklet

A Level subjects


BTEC subject

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)


IELTS International Sixth Formers

Exam Board: British Council/IDP/Cambridge Assessment English
Students should be at least at IELTS Level 5.5 or 6.0 before starting Sixth Form.

If English is not your first language and you wish to go to university in an English-speaking country, you need to demonstrate that your academic English skills are strong enough to cope with studying at higher education level. IELTS is normally the exam required by universities, although other exams are sometimes accepted.

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). You will receive a score for each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), as well as an overall score.

Universities vary in what they ask for, as the following examples show:
Cambridge University: Overall IELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in all components
University of Bath, Pharmacology: UELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all components.