Admission & Entry Requirements

At the heart of everything we do at the Sixth Form is personalised learning – we can design individual programmes of study based on different pathway options. We work hard to find you the best courses so you can achieve your full potential and secure the very best destination post 18.

The Admission Process


Sixth Form Open Evening

Applications start after our Open Evening  in late September.

Apply to The Sixth Form 

Applications should be received by Friday 10th December 2021 will be processed in January 2022.

Interview Stage 

Candidates will be invited to an interview in January/February  to discuss course choices and future plans.

Final Applications

Applications made after Friday 10th December will be processed in March 2022.

A-Level Entry Requirements

To study A levels at the Sixth Form – it is recommended that you have a minimum of 5 GCSEs including 3 at Grade 5 and 2 at Grade 4 or better including English Language or Literature and Mathematics.

If this is not the case, a range of Grade 5s or better in other subjects will be considered and there will be an opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths.

Please see guidance in the following course sections for our desired entry requirements – we recommend you work hard to achieve these grades, as they will give you the best possible chance of success at A level.

Subject Entry Requirements
Biology Grade 6 in GCSE Biology and one other GCSE science or Grade 6-6 in Science (Combined) and Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics
Business Grade 5 GCSE English and Grade 5 GCSE Mathematics
Chemistry Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry and one other GCSE science or Grade 6-6 in Science (Combined) and Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics
Computing Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics
Drama Grade 5 in English Literature
English Language Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
English Literature Grade 5 in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
Film Studies Grade 5 in English Language or GCSE Media Studies
Fine Art It is desirable but not essential to have Grade 5 GCSE Art
French Grade 6 in GCSE French
Geography Grade 5 in GCSE Geography
German Grade 6 in GCSE German
Graphics It is desirable but not essential to have 5 at GCSE Media/Graphics/Art or Photography
History Grade 5 in GCSE History and GCSE English Literature
Law Grade 5 in GCSE English Language & Literature
Maths Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Further Maths Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
Media Studies Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or GCSE Media Studies
Music Grade 6 in GCSE Music or a BTEC Music at Level 2 Distinction and ABRSM Practical Exam Grade 5 and play a musical instrument
Photography It is desirable but not essential to have 5 at GCSE Photography
Physics Grade 6 in GCSE Physics and one other GCSE science or Grade 6-6 in Science (Combined) and Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics
Psychology Grade 6 in GCSE English Language, Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 5 in any GCSE Science
Sociology Grade 5 in GCSE English Language

Non A-Level Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for BTEC/Applied and Technical courses at the Sixth Form Southmoor may differ – please see the specific entry requirements for individual courses in the relevant course section that follows. 

Applied/Technical and BTEC – all our technical/vocational subjects are of equivalent value to A level courses. 

Subject Entry Requirements
Applied Science Grade 5 in 2 GCSE Science subjects or Grade 5-5  in Science (Combined) and Grade 5 at GCSE Mathematics 
Core Maths Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics
Engineering (Extended Certificate) Grade 4 preferably including English Language, Grade 5 in Mathematics and a Grade 5 Product Design or related GCSE
Health and Social Care (Extended Certificate) GCSEs at Grade 4 or above preferable including GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language and GCSE Science
Health and Social Care (Diploma) GCSEs at Grade 4 or above preferable including GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language and GCSE Science
Sport (Extended Certificate) GCSEs at Grade 4 preferably including 

GCSE Mathematics, English Language and Science. It is recommended that you have successfully studied GCSE or BTEC PE or equivalent in KS4 at Grade 4 

Progress in Year 12
All students will be expected to take an external exam at the end of Year 12. The pastoral team and subject teachers will monitor the progress of each Sixth Former. Students are given a learning agreement and we will meet with students where we have concerns over effort, deadlines, independent study or other issues to discuss a suitable progression route

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