At Southam there are a large number of subjects to study, all at Level 3.

Entry Requirements

A Level students should have a minimum of 5 GCSE grades A*- C including at least a 5 English and Maths. Individual subjects have specific entry requirements for a student to embark on an A Level course.

The number of courses taken varies and students should use the pathways to guide their choices:


GCSE Forecast Grades

Year 12

Year 13

AA* - A / 9-7

4 subjects

3 or 4 subjects

BA* - B / 9-6

3 or 4 subjects

3 subjects

CA* - C / 9-5

3 subjects

(to include at least one of BTEC Business; Health and Social Care; IT; BTEC Science, BTEC Sport, BTEC Music and Level 3Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition

3 subjects

The Main Programme of Study

The main programme of study provides students with the opportunity to combine a wide range of A Level courses studied over two years, the main features of which are as follows:

Reformed A Level subjects from 2017

These subjects are now ‘linear’ with the A level based on final exams taken at the end of year 13. An AS qualification is available, however the marks cannot be taken towards the final A level grade; the AS is a separate qualification. Most of these are based on 3 or 4 units of approximately equal size.

Level 3 Applied subjects

These courses are mostly coursework based with students completing assignments which are teacher assessed. They are usually ranked as Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction* and are equivalent to A level in many university/apprenticeship routes.

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