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Sixth Form Subject Options and Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Subject Options

Please browse the list of courses below that can be studied at Sixth Form from 2022.

Sixth Form Entry Requirements

Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College Sixth Form operates fair and transparent entry requirements that match individual student attainment with suitable course choices. Our entry requirements are devised based on the statistical probabilities of students being able to access courses of study and succeed in them, as demonstrated by their level of achievement in their GCSEs. 


Standard entry requirement for a student wishing to study three A levels:

Six GCSE subjects at Grades 9-5, including mathematics and English. If students are selecting a subject that they studied at GCSE, they are required to have attained a Grade in the subject at GCSE, e.g. a student choosing A level RS would need to have attained a Grade 6 in GCSE RS.


Entry requirements for Mathematics, Further Maths and Physics:

Students wishing to study A level Physics need to attain a Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics, and five other GCSEs at grades 9-5, including English.

Students wishing to study A level Mathematics need to attain a Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics, and five other GCSEs at grades 9-5, including English.

Students wishing to study A level Further Mathematics need to attain a Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics, and five other GCSEs at grades 9-5, including English.


Entry requirements for Vocational Courses:

Students wishing to study vocational courses, either two vocational courses and one A level, or three vocational courses in total, need six GCSE subjects at Grades 9-4, including mathematics and English.


The subjects are reliant on sufficient numbers wishing to take the course and therefore may change depending on demand.




Sixth Form subjects are distributed between four option blocks. Timetables are created from these blocks, so students are only able to choose one subject from each block when they make their subject choices. It is not possible to choose more than one subject from an individual option block. Larger departments and larger Sixth Form subjects are represented in more than one block, and smaller subjects that are popular combinations are spread between blocks, to ensure the majority of students are able to make subject choices that reflect their interests. 


Block A Block B Block C Block D
 Theatre Studies Maths Religious Studies Economics
Maths French Sport Science


English Literature Sociology Music Physics
Chemistry Geography Further Maths English Literature
Philosophy Business Studies BTEC Spanish    Art
History Psychology Film Studies Maths
Further Maths           Photography    Psychology
Politics History
          Business Studies A Level

Vocational Courses

Sport Science

Applied Science


Business Studies

We are developing our offer of vocational courses to ensure that we continue to offer courses that serve young people from our local community. Whilst we remain an academic provider, principally, we are continually reviewing our curriculum offer and staff expertise to assess whether wider course options are possible and to give more young people the opportunity to receive a Haberdashers' education.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College School and Sixth Form Overview 

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College is an all-through, inner-city state school with a comprehensive intake that fully serves its local community. The overall student roll is 1820 students, split across three sites, with 320 in the sixth form. The numbers of Pupil Premium, EAL and Free School Meals pupils are above the national average, and at key stage 5 a significant number meet the criteria for bursary.

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Sixth Form Curriculum

Hatcham College primarily offers an academic pathway to post-16 students. Students follow syllabi in subjects from the main UK exam boards AQA, OCR, and Edexcel. Students sit linear A-level exams in their subjects; we don’t currently enter them for AS exams.

Students can choose from 21 academic subjects and four vocational courses, as well as having additional options in community languages, for example in the last three years students have sat A-levels in Turkish, Polish, Italian, Russian, Dutch and Mandarin.

The majority of students study three A-levels, these three subjects are chosen when students sign up and are adhered to for the full two-year course. Some students are allowed to study four A-levels, if they wish, provided that they can demonstrate that they would be able to manage the workload required by this pathway. This is normally demonstrated by  attaining very strong grades in the majority of subjects at GCSE. In many cases Further Maths is the fourth subject, often for students who have a clear passion for maths and/or physics and a clear vision for their undergraduate pathway. We currently offer four vocational courses, as stated above.

Work Experience, Volunteering and Experiential Learning are encouraged as part of the Sixth Form Curriculum. We ask students to do work experience in any of the holidays in the Year 12 academic year. The majority of students secure their own work experience placements, for example, 90% of students independently found work experience during the academic year 2019/20.

Attending University Open Days and Taster Activities is another great way for students to build their professional portfolio. Taster courses are designed to let students’ experience academic and social life on campus, the decisions students make in Year 12 can have a major impact on both their course and university options. Attending a University Taster Activity can broaden students’ horizons and help students make an informed decision about their future. University Taster sessions will provide an overview of higher education, the application process and next steps. In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet current undergraduates, Admissions Tutors and postgraduate subject specialists. Understandably, all University Open Days and Taster Courses are currently run virtually, however, there is no slowing of their provision or shortage of opportunities for students to access authentic university experiences, online. 

University and Careers Guidance

The UCAS application process currently begins in March of Year 12, however, this process is being redesigned to begin earlier in Year 12, to encourage more students to attend University open days and research courses earlier on in Year 12, to ensure that they complete their applications as early as possible.

All students meet with our Qualified Career Guidance Practitioner who has 1-1 meetings with them to support them in realising and developing their pathway. Roughly 90% of our students apply for undergraduate courses via UCAS, those that don’t are supported in alternative pathways for example in the last three years students have taken varied, interesting and exciting apprenticeship courses at TfL, the BBC and Accenture. Some students choose a ‘gap year’, and the majority of these students return to us to apply for undergraduate courses via UCAS. We have had 0% NEETs for the last 8 years.