Key Stage 5

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

In Year 12, students must study a minimum of 3 subjects and are allowed to take an additional subject at AS. We also offer Academic Enrichment courses (EPQ, Core Mathematics and Perspectives on Science) which students can choose to opt into.

In addition, students take part in Personal Enrichment activities every Wednesday afternoon and are encouraged to organise their own Community Volunteering placements to enhance their CVs and applications to university. Year 12 students also complete a week of work experience in the Summer term, known as the Professional Work Placement, which students arrange based upon their future career aspirations.

In Year 13, all students study three subjects. Some students also study Further Mathematics as an addition to Mathematics at A-Level.

Sale Grammar School - Sixth Form

Year 12 

To qualify to enter into Year 12, students must achieve:

  • a minimum Attainment 8 score of 60;
  • at least a GCSE grade 6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level;
  • and at least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses also require students to have achieved at least a GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics.

Where students have not taken a GCSE course in the course they wish to study at A Level, overall performance at GCSE is considered. 

All students in Key stage 5 study a minimum of three A Levels from the following courses:

Art and Design




Drama and Theatre




Further Mathematics (can only be taken with Mathematics)


History (two different courses are available)



Physical Education



Product Design


Religious Studies




Year 13

All students follow three A Level courses .


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.


For further information regarding the Key Stage 5 curriculum followed at Sale Grammar School, contact Miss L Hall (Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Curriculum) by email or telephone 0161 973 3217 Extension 6239.

For further information regarding how our approach to the curriculum complies with our duties in the Equality Act 2010 andf the Special educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 and how the curriculum is made accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs, please see our SEND Information page, or contact our SENDCO, Mrs S Wollen by email or telephone 0161 973 3217 Extension 6229.