Key Stage 5

The school timetable operates on a ten day (two week) cycle consisting of 25 x 1 hour lessons each week. 

All students follow the National Curriculum in Key Stages 3 and 4 and in Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form) all students follow courses in 4 AS Levels in Year 12 and 3 A2 Levels in Year 13.

Sale Grammar School - Sixth Form

Year 12 

To enter into Year 12, students must achieve a minimum of 5 full course GCSE passes, 2 of which must be at least grade A and 3 at least grade B (short courses will not be counted) and achieve a minimum grade C at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (minimum 7 GCSE passes in total).

In addition, all students must have a minimum grade B at GCSE to follow chosen courses. Where students have not taken the appropriate GCSE course, overall performance at GCSE is considered. 

All students in Keystage 5 study a minimum of 3 A Levels from the following:

Art and Design
Business Studies
Design and Technology
English Language
English Literature
EPQ (Level 3)
History (two options)
Core Mathmatics
Further Mathematics (can only be taken with Mathematics)
Drama and Theatre
Perspectives in Science
Physical Education
Religious Studies

More detailed subject information can be found in the Year 12 Handbook - click here 

Year 13

All students follow 3 A2 Level courses chosen from their AS Level courses (a minimum pass grade must be achieved at AS).  


In Years 12 and 13 all students will have the opportunity follow an Accredited Enhancement course, currently comprising of ether Core Mathematics, EPQ or Perspectives on Science Extended Project or Critical Thinking. In addition students are encouraged to participate in PE, Community Volunteering placements and a range of other enrichment activities to enhance their CVs and applications to university.