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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


How many GCSEs do I need?

The minimum requirements for entry on to an A level course is five GCSEs at grade C / 5 or higher, and an average point score of 4.8. One BTEC merit can be used to count towards this. Any courses requiring a grade B or better will now be a 6 or above and any courses requiring an A or better will now be a 7 or above. Some courses have additional requirements which can be found in the subject areas in the prospectus. These printed requirements act only as a guide. Final requirements can only be confirmed at enrolment.

Which GCSEs do I need?

Obviously your choices of AS levels are based, to a certain extent, on your results. For most AS level courses a sound GCSE background is expected. The expectation is that you will have at least a C in your subjects. However, in subjects such as English, History, Mathematics and the Sciences you will be required to have at least a B. If you are unsure that you will gain the grades you need, talk to the Head of Post 16 or the relevant Head of Department. Every effort will be made to give you a course of study you want and which will give you a good chance of success.

How can I apply?

Please complete the application form. This can be downloaded from the following link: /642/applying-to-hsc. You can submit your completed form electronically to or posted to Hornsey Sixth Form College, Inderwick Road, Crouch End, London, N8 9JF. You will need a teacher reference to support your application.

When do I need to apply by?

Friday 16th December at 4pm.

When will I hear back?

All students will be contacted by the middle of January. External students will be invited to an interview before February half term and Hornsey School for Girls students will receive a guidance meeting. Decisions will be made after February half term and all students will receive a letter regarding the outcome.

Which courses should I choose?

Consider your interests and abilities, and your plans for the future. If you have a clear idea of a career, or you want to study a specific course/area at a higher level, find out exactly which A levels you need to have. If you are unsure about exactly what you want to do, the decision may be harder. Think about what you enjoy and what you are good at. You should remember that you will be spending far more time on fewer subjects. 

The Advanced Level examination is in two parts: AS which is worth 50% of the total award usually studied in Year 12. A second examination A2 which is worth 50% of the total awards usually studied in Year 13.

The AS will comprise two teaching and learning modules or units and the A2 will comprise a further two teaching and learning modules or units. AS can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as the first of a full A level award.

Remember that if you need information about our courses, or any other aspect of Year 12, you should ask your Tutor, Director of Learning, Subject Teachers or Post 16 staff who will be pleased to help you.

What if the course I would like to study is not shown within the course booklet?

Please continue to check our website as we are continually updating our curriculum provision based on student preferences.  So far, departments have requested to add the following subjects:

  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Level 3 BTEC focusing primarily on Dance and Drama (Performing Arts).
  • Photography