2023 Sixth Form Admissions

Open Evening 

Thank you so much to everyone that attended the open evening on the 12th January. We had a wonderful evening and hope you did too! If you were unable to attend the open evening please contact to arrange a visit on another date. In the meantime, please find further information below (a video showing the Sixth Form, the latest prospectus and grade entry requirements). 

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Application Form 

The application form for 2023 entry to Balcarras Sixth Form is now live! Please click here to fill in the digital form. If you have any questions or difficulties with the form, please contact Cheryl Crowley. Please remember the deadline is Sunday 5th February. The grade entry requirements along with further information about each subject can be found further down this page.

If you would like some help choosing your four subjects, you may find this subject choice matrix document useful. Please feel free to print a copy off and fill it in. 

If you would like any further support, please don't hesitate to contact us. Good luck!


Please click here to view the Balcarras Sixth Form prospectus. If you have questions, please click here for some FAQs.

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. Please click here to review our Sixth Form entry requirements by subject. 

Consultations Meetings 

Course consultation meetings will take place from March to April with Mr Darren Leatherbarrow, the Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Elen Derrick Head of Year 13, Mr Mark Constance, Head of Year 12 and members of the Senior Management Team. This gives students and parents the opportunity to discuss any questions they might have with regards to Sixth Form. 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 also contact your current school for a reference. 

Offers of Places  

Conditional offers to the Sixth Form are made to students based on their GCSE results. Letters giving a decision on your application will be issued by the end of April. Please click here to view our oversubscription criteria. 

Choosing Courses  

Please click here for 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

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