Applying for a Sixth Form Place
‘Students are given very good advice in order to make the right decisions about what to study’ Ofsted 2014
Making post-16 choices can be difficult and confusing. At Burford we do everything we can to make the process as easy as possible by making sure that students have all the information they need to make an informed choice about their future. Our Careers Adviser, Mrs Knowles is an important point of contact for students at this stage.
Sixth Form Open Evening
On Thursday 1 December we held our Sixth Form Open Evening, when students and parents have a chance to hear all about the Sixth Form from the Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form. Life in the Sixth Form from a students’ perspective is also provided by the current Head Boy and Girl. Staff and student representatives from all the ‘A’ level and BTEC courses offered are also on-hand during the evening to discuss course content and offer information and advice.
Sixth Form Taster Day
Before the end of term students are invited to a Sixth Form Taster Day. This is an opportunity for them to spend a day in the Sixth Form, experiencing a range of lessons in subjects they may be considering studying after GCSEs and getting a taste of what Sixth Form life is like.
All those joining the Sixth Form are invited to two Induction Days in June with the emphasis on and team building and enjoyment. Students are put into their new groups allowing everyone get to know each other. They are also given an insight into the extra- curricular and enrichment activities on offer. The skills needed for independent learning are introduced and all students are trained in First Aid, something we feel is a valuable qualification to have, not only in the Sixth Form but throughout life.
The Application Process
Following the Taster Day, applications to the Sixth Form must be submitted to the Sixth Form Administrator by early January. (In special circumstances later applications may be considered.)
Between January and March all applicants for Sixth Form are interviewed by a member of the Sixth Form team. Our aim is to ensure that students make the most appropriate choice of courses and to this end we discuss subject choices, likely GCSE grades and career aims.
In April letters of acceptance are sent out to successful applicants. These offers are dependent on students achieving the minimum entry requirements. These are:
- Traditional pathway: the minimum entry requirements for students studying two or more ‘A’ Levels are two B/6 grades and four C/4 grades at GCSE.
- Applied pathway: the minimum entry requirements for students studying two or more BTEC/L3 Diplomas are five C/4 grades at GCSE
At the end of June all students with an offer of a place in the Sixth Form are invited to attend the induction days.
At the end of August, with the arrival of GCSE results, the Sixth Form team is available, together with the Careers Advisor to offer advice and guidance to those who need it.
Key dates for prospective Sixth Form students
- Sixth Form Open Evening: Thursday 1 December 2016
- Sixth Form Taster Day: Wednesday 14 December 2016
- Deadline for submission of Applications to Sixth Form: Friday 6 January 2017
(NB: Late applications may be considered in special circumstances.)
- Interviews held for all prospective students and offers made: March/April 2017
- Induction days for forthcoming students: Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 June 2017