How to Apply

Enrolment Day is GCSE results day (22nd August)

Enrolment for Sixth Form will take place on GCSE results day – Thursday 22nd August 2019.

Internal applicants (from Ark BDA)

Enrolment will open at 10.30am in Rooms F004 and F005. Please bring your GCSE results statement with you, along with completed forms included in this pack, where you will be interviewed by a senior member of staff to ensure you progress onto the right pathway and most appropriate courses.

External applicants (from other schools)

Enrolment opens at 1.00pm for external students who are holding conditional offers. You need to bring with you:

  • GCSE results statement
  • Passport (or other proof of ID and citizenship status)
  • Reference letter from your school (if not already submitted)
  • Completed forms included in your pack – Student Code of Conduct, Sixth Form Enrolment form and Bursary application (if applying for a bursary please complete the application and provide evidence of household income).

Please note that candidates who have failed to meet the minimum entry criteria for Ark BDA Sixth Form will not be able to enrol. Internal candidates will be directed to see Miss Malik (Careers and Pathways Coordinator). External candidates should seek advice from their own secondary schools or go directly to other providers.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Ark BDA Sixth Form in September. If you have any questions about any of the above information you can contact me directly at

Mrs A Stephenson

Head of Sixth Form - Assistant Principal


Our applications to Burlington Danes Sixth Form September 2019 are now closed.

We welcome late application requests from any applicants for whom there is an appropriate course and who demonstrate a positive attitude to learning, a level of attendance that will support achievement, and a record of conduct that is in keeping with the school code of conduct. 

Please email or click on this link Natalie Foster KS5 Lead Administrator for further information.

The key to success in sixth form is choosing the most suitable pathway based on your strengths and ambitions. Our application process provides ample opportunity to discuss your plans and receive honest advice and guidance on your course choices.


A Levels Pathway

  • This pathway requires at least 6 A*-B or 6 9-6 grades at GCSE including English Language and Maths.
  • Students need to achieve at least a B or a 6 at GCSE in their chosen A' Level subjects, or closely related subjects (e.g. English and Science grades are used for Psychology entry). 
  • Students wanting to continue with Further Maths will need a minimum grade 8 in Maths
  • Students wanting to continue with Further Maths will need a minimum grade 8 in Maths

BTEC Pathway (equivalent to 3 A levels)

  • Students entering this pathway require 5 A*-C or 5 9-4 grades at GCSE (One of these should be in English Language or Maths), including relevant BTEC Level 2 Courses.
  • This pathway allows students to complete the equivalent of 3 A Levels in a vocational pathway.
  • If a student has not achieved a 4 grade in English Language OR Maths GCSE they will also have the option to resit this alongside their Vocational course (not both Maths AND English Language)

Sixth Form Entry Requirements

Please consider the following subject specific entry criteria for our A level courses. You should select courses based on the predicted GCSE grades you have entered, and the pathway to which you have been directed.

  • Biology: A in GCSE Science
  • Chemistry: A in GCSE Science
  • Computing: Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
  • Economics: Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
  • English: Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature & Language
  • Fine Art: B in GCSE Art
  • French: B in GCSE French
  • Further Mathematics: Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics
  • Geography: B in GCSE Geography
  • Government & Politics: B in GCSE Humanities subject
  • History: B in GCSE History
  • Mathematics: Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
  • Media: Grade 6 in GCSE English
  • Music: B in GCSE Music
  • PE: B in GCSE PE
  • Physics: A in GCSE Science
  • Psychology: B in GCSE Science & grade 6 in GCSE English
  • Religion, Philosophy & Ethics: B in Religious Education
  • Sociology: B in GCSE Humanities subject
  • Spanish: B in GCSE Spanish

Application Process

  1. Apply Online through our school website
  2. Read course guides and view videos on website
  3. Use predicted/working at grades to select most suitable pathway
  4. Complete application form online (Deadline to be confirmed)
  5. A school teacher reference will be obtained confirming your grades
  6. Attend interview
  7. Receive conditional offer letter
  8. Attend Sixth Form Taster day
  9. Confirm place with GCSE results

Click here to view a full presentation from our most recent open evening and click the link for our Course Guide: Course Guide 2019-2020.pdf