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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 Haines, is an important point of contact for students at this stage.

Each November we hold our Sixth Form Open Evening, during which 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 student’s perspective is also provided by the current student Heads of School. Staff and student representatives from all the A-level courses offered are also on-hand during the evening to discuss course content and offer information and advice.

The Application Process

Applications to the Sixth Form must be submitted to the Sixth Form Administrator by early January. (In special circumstances later applications may be considered.)

During January and February all applicants for the 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 March letters of acceptance are sent out to successful applicants. These offers are dependent on students achieving the minimum entry requirements. These are:

● two GCSE passes at Grade 6 and four at Grade 5.

Please note:

A pass grade at Level 2 BTEC is equivalent to a Grade 4 at GCSE.

A merit grade at Level 2 BTEC is equivalent to a Grade 6 at GCSE.

Please refer to our Sixth Form Prospectus for our specific entry requirements for individual subjects.

At the end of June all students with an offer of a place in the Sixth Form are invited to attend one of our two induction days. These days place an emphasis on team building and enjoyment. Students are also given an insight into the extra-curricular and enrichment activities on offer and introduced to the skills needed for independent learning; a key aspect of sixth form study.


At the end of August, with the arrival of GCSE results, the Sixth Form team is available, together with the Careers Adviser, to offer advice and guidance to those who need it.


Key dates for prospective Sixth Form students

  • Sixth Form Open Evening: Thursday 10 November 2022
  • Deadline for submission of Applications to Sixth Form:  Friday 13 January 2023

   (NB:  Late applications may be considered in special circumstances.)

  • Interviews held for all prospective students:  January – February 2023
  • Offer of places: March 2023
  • Induction days (2): June 2023




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