Skip to content ↓

Welcome to Chilwell School

Share, Care, Believe, Achieve

Frequently asked questions

How many A-Levels will I study?
Most of our students take three A levels. Those students with a high average point score from GCSE will be encouraged to complete a EPQ (Extended Project Qualification – Level 3) or possibly a fourth A-Level. Universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group, base their offers on three good A-Levels.


How do I decide what is best for me?
Deciding upon A level courses can be a challenging process which needs careful consideration. It is important to try and balance subjects that you enjoy and want to pursue further beyond A levels with subjects that, academically, you can achieve in. It is important that you consider carefully your career
aspirations as most degree courses and apprenticeships require qualifications in specific subjects. You will need to discuss this with us during your enrolment onto courses and we will support you in you final decision.


Will I need to attend an interview?
We interview all applicants to Chilwell Sixth Form. Most interviews take place early on in the academic year. This provides an opportunity for us to find out a little bit about you and discuss your academic progress and GCSE expected grades. It also gives you an opportunity to ask about courses and life as a
sixth form student. We also welcome parents if they would like to attend the interview with you.


Can I change a course once I have selected it?
Ideally we would like to ensure you select the right courses from the onset and we are always available to offer advice to new post 16 students. However, occasionally students do change their minds about courses or career plans over the summer holidays. Equally, a few students start a course only to discover it is not suiting them. We would only recommend a course change within the first four weeks of term as, after this point, there is a considerable amount of work you would have missed from the course you are intending to move onto.


What happens if I don’t get the grades I need?
If this happens then don’t despair – we are here to discuss your options. There are a range of opportunities available to you in Nottinghamshire. As mentioned earlier, if you just narrowly miss your grade 4 in English or Mathematics it may be possible to resit these subjects. If you do not get 5 grade 4 or above GCSE passes, then we can look into other providers who offer a range of vocational courses.