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
English Language
English Literature

Further Mathematics (can only be taken with Mathematics)

Government and Politics
History (two different courses are available)
Physical Education
Product Design
Religious Studies


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

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.