How to Apply

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.

Appications for our Sixth Form is now closed. For further information regarding applying, please contact our Sixth Form secretary; Natalie Foster.


Pathway 1A: Russell Group/Oxbridge Pathway (4 AS Levels)

  • Students who achieve a minimum of 6 A*-A (or 6 grades 7-9) grades placed into a targeted tutor group
  • Students on Pathway 1 will be grouped together to facilitate an earlier UCAS process deadline and the delivery of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Students wanting to continue with Science will need a minimum A grade
  • Students wanting to study Further Maths will need a minimum grade 8
  • Students on Pathway 1 who do not originally meet the 6 A*/A grade requirements will have a chance to move onto Pathway 1 following successful mock exams

Pathway 2: 3 A Levels

  • This pathway requires at least 6 A*-B grades at GCSE including English and Maths (grades 5 and above).
  • Students on this pathway will take 3 A' levels, studying linear courses for 2 years. 
  • Students need to achieve at least a B at GCSE in their chosen A' Level subjects, or closely related subjects (e.g. English and Science grades are used for Psychology entry.  See subject-specific entry requirements)
  • Minimum of 4 B grades required not including BTEC or vocational equivalents

Pathway 3: BTEC Vocational course (equivalent to 3 A levels)

  • Students entering this pathway require 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths, and a B grade in their additional AS level
  • Students typically enter this pathway if they are short of the required 6 B grades to take AS Levels, but have at least a B grade in the subject they wish to take at AS level
  • Students selecting this pathway traditionally drop the A Level subject in Year 13 to concentrate on the vocational qualification which is equivalent to 3 A Levels

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. Collect application pack at Open Evening or download from website
  2. Read course guides and view videos on website
  3. Use predicted/working at grades to select most suitable pathway
  4. Compete application form complete with school reference (Deadline 16th December)
  5. Attend interview
  6. Receive conditional offer letter
  7. Attend Sixth Form Taster day/Evolution Summer School (Maths and Science students)
  8. 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