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St Benedict's Catholic School

St Benedict's
Catholic School

Choosing your courses

The most important part of A level success is choosing the correct programme of study. For some this is easy, for others it is more challenging.

A good place to start is asking your current teachers about A level study and looking at your career aspirations. Some careers and university courses require particular combinations of subjects studied at GCSE.

It’s a very good idea to look closely at your career aspirations before making any choices and research this fully.

If you are not sure what you want to do in the future, it’s often a good idea to select courses that you are good at and will enjoy; students who enjoy their studies are more likely to do well. Keeping your options open can also be a good idea.

Our courses in the large part are ‘facilitating subjects’. These are subjects identified by some universities as their preferred study options.

They are the most traditional academic subjects and offer the best basis for students looking to study a traditional academic degree, or at one of the most competitive universities.

As we are a smaller, school-based Sixth Form we cannot offer every combination of subjects. Most of our students study three A levels, with some opting to take four. It is therefore important that students choose the best possible combination for them and put time into considering which subjects work well together. Students can choose from the range of subjects on offer in this prospectus and in order to support students in making good choices we ensure that sound combinations of subjects are available. Our blocking system is designed to support strong programmes of study. If the particular combination of subjects that you wish to study is not available please let us know. It is sometimes possible to move subjects or offer additional groups.

You can only select one subject from each column, and must study a minimum of three subjects.

Whilst we endeavour to ensure this information is as accurate as possible, we do on occasion make changes to our offer. Applicants will be notified in advance.

Subject Bandings

Column A Column B Column C Column D Column  E
Maths Physics Chemistry Further Maths Biology
Religious Studies History Sociology Art Government & Politics
* Applied Business * Health & Social Care Computer Science Psychology * Applied Science
Applied Business   Spanish Geography Design Technology


English Lit & Lang        

All courses are at A level unless specified otherwise (*).

Subject Entry Requirements

Subject Entry Requirement
Applied Science Science & Maths 5
Art Art 5 (or design-based subject)
Biology Biology or Additional
Science 7
Applied Business English & Maths
grade 4 plus general expectation
Chemistry Chemistry or
Additional Science 7
Computer Science Computing 6 or
Maths and Science 6
English Lang & Lit English 5
French French 5
Geography Geography 5 (will
accept other humanities if not
Government and Politics Humanities subject 5
Health and Social Care English &
Maths 4 plus general expectation
History History 5 (will accept other
humanities if not studied)
Maths/Further Maths Maths 7
Physics Physics or Additional
Science 7
Physical Education PE or Science 5
Product Design Design Technology
(or design-based subject) 5
Psychology Science 6
Religious Studies RE 5 (will accept
other humanities if not studied)
Sociology Humanities subject 5
Spanish Spanish 5


Students should look to study subjects where they have achieved well or there is a good indication from other studies that they are likely to be successful.

Prior attainment is a good indication of likely performance and therefore we provide entry requirements to support students in making choices that will ensure their success.

In order to study at Level 3 (A levels and Level 3 Applied and Vocational courses) students should have at least 5 grade 4 and above, plus the requirements above to be considered for any of our courses. We will always consider each student on a case-by-case basis.