"The sixth form ... has standards that are among the highest in the country"
Our application process starts with our Sixth Form Open Evening which takes place each January. Year 11 students from any school and their parents, are welcome to this event. There will be a presentation on the sixth form as a whole, and you will then be able to look around the sixth form facilities and speak to A level teachers and students. You will be able to pick up a prospectus and application form. You do not need to book a place in advance. The deadline for applications is 5th February.
Our Open Evening for September entry is on January 11th at 7 pm. Our new prospectus will be available from school then and is also on the website (link below).
Our entry requirements and the subjects we offer are reviewed every year, full details are below.
Entry Requirements and Admissions Criteria
The minimum requirement for entry to the sixth form is 2 grade 6s and 3 grade 5s in full GCSE courses. These must include a grade 5 or above in both mathematics and English language or literature. In addition, many A-level subjects will require a specific grade in that particular subject at GCSE. Details can be found on the relevant subject page in the prospectus.
Application Form & Prospectus
Our application form and prospectus are always available at our Open Evening, and thereafter on the website. Please note that our entry requirements and the subjects we offer are reviewed every year.
External candidates only will be required to complete the ‘Results Summary Sheet’
GCSE Results Thursday 23rd August 2018
To see information on last years results see here
Course consultation meetings will take place from March to April. Your application form will be used as the basis for your course consultation meeting. In particular, we will discuss whether your choices are consistent with your career or academic intentions, as well as with your estimated grades. We will contact your current school for a reference.
Offers of Places
Conditional offers to the sixth form are made to students based on GCSE results. Letters giving a decision on your application will be issued by the end of May.
Our prospectus, and the ‘Courses’ page on the website gives the details of the courses we offer and the entry requirements for each subject. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. All students choose FOUR courses. Our brochure gives guidance on combining courses. It is important that you try and be as sure as you can be, about the courses you choose. You will be spending up to two years studying them, so please take the time to talk to your teachers, parents and career advisers about them! If you are really unsure, you can ask to change your course(s) later on. However, your initial choice does have two important influences on our planning. Firstly, choosing a course makes it more likely to run. Decisions on courses will be made in April. Secondly, we will try to make sure that your chosen combination of courses is possible ie. that they are not time-tabled at the same time. This will be more difficult to arrange if you change your mind later on. The supporting letter is an important part of the application process and you should talk to your tutor and your parents as you write it. No decisions will be made on the basis of the letter alone, but it will form the basis for discussion at the course consultation meeting.
"I definitely made the right choice to come to Balcarras Sixth Form - I was accepted straight away. The whole building is bright and vibrant and it makes you want to work"
Brendan Davies, ex-Pittville student