George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Subjects offered at George Salter Academy:

Choosing your Subjects

Students should make their Post-16 subject choices very carefully. All students should answer these ten questions when making their choices.

  • What subjects are you good at?
  • What subjects do you enjoy?
  • Do you have a good range of subjects?
  • What do you want to do in future?
  • What subjects do you need to get into University or Employment?
  • Are you best at exams or coursework?
  • What do your parents think?
  • What do your teachers think?
  • Are you likely to need to resit GCSE English or Maths?
  • Do your subjects complement each other?

Although most of our students take traditional A-levels, some take BTECs or Applied A-levels. At George Salter, all students are given individual programmes of study which combine academic and vocational subjects.

How do our courses meet the 16-19 programme requirements?

Options are in 5 blocks with a range of over 30 different subjects including A-Level, Applied General and Level 2 courses.

Course No of subjects
Academic 30 subjects
Applied General 15 subjects
Level 2 2 subjects
Post 16 courses


Course Levels

We offer different course levels, to compare the different options, entry level requirements and qualifications gained, please see the diagram below.


Academic Pathway has 8/9 as entry requirement  and studies 3 A Levels leading to 1 AS Level


Combined pathway has 7/8 as entry requirement and studies 3 A Levels leading to 1 vocational qualification


Extended project pathway has 5/6/7 as entry requirement and studies 3 Alevels leading to Extended Project Qualification


Vocational pathway has 4 as entry requirement and studies 3 vocational courses leading to work experience


Retake pathway has 3 and below as entry requirements retakes english or maths leading to 1/2 vocational qualification


Pathway Performing Arts has Entry requirements will be decided on individual basis  can do Drama, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre or all English and maths leading to Combination of A levels and vocational qualification



Key term Meaning Example
Academic This will be where students will study linear A levels alongside an AS qualification. 3 A levels with AS qualification For e.g. Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Geography as an AS. They will study the 3 A levels for 2 years and the AS for one.
Combined This will be a mixture of academic subjects as well as vocational programmes of study. 3 A levels with a vocational qualification For e.g. History, English Literature, Product design and BTEC Business as a vocational qualification. They will study 3 A levels for 2 years and the BTEC for one year.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - equivalent to half an A Level This will be where students will study 3 A levels for two years, alongside EPQ. EPQ is where students can achieve an AS qualification over a year. This will require students to create a project based on an area of their choice, with 3 A levels of their choice.
Vocational This is where students will study a vocational programme, where it may require students to complete work experience as well as their coursework. Students can complete a double award qualification for some subjects. For e.g. BTEC Business (Single), BTEC Business Double, this will allow students to achieve 2 qualifications in one subject. Students will complete an exam or controlled assessment within the vocational subjects which they must pass.
Explanations of key terms of the Course levels diagram



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