Balcarras

Admissions

"The sixth form ... has standards that are among the highest in the country"

Ofsted

Our 2021 prospectus is below.

Our entry requirements and the subjects we offer are reviewed every year, full details below for 2021 entry.

Prospectus  

Our prospectus for 2021 can be found here.

Prospectus 2021  (PDF document)

There is also a couple of other supporting documents, the first is a

Welcome to the Sixth Form Open Evening (PDF document) 

The other is some advice on 

How to complete your application (PDF document)

If you have questions there are some Frequently Asked Questions here

Frequently Asked Questions

Entry Requirements 

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.

Entry requirements 2021-22

Entry requirements 2022-23

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.

Entry and over subscription information 2021

Application Form 

Our Sixth Form open evening for 2022 applications is on the 13th Jan 2022 when applications forms will be available online.

Please contact Ms Taylor on 01242 545118

or LT@balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk if you have any questions.

  GCSE Results Thursday 25th August 2022

 To see information on last years results see here 

Course Consultations  

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 April.

Choosing Courses  

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 prospectus 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.

“Joining Balcarras 6th Form from Winchombe School was quite daunting with new subjects, new teachers and new classmates, but the school was really welcoming right from the start … Balcarras was my first choice for sixth form and I have no regrets with my decision. It has lived up to its positive reputation and has allowed me to experience a wide range of activities whilst pushing me to achieve my academic goals.”

Aidan Cheale, former Winchcombe student