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

Sixth Form Open Evening – Thursday 8 November

Each November we hold 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 Applied Level 3 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.

Induction Days



All those who are offered a place in the Sixth Form are invited to two Induction Days in June where the emphasis is on team building and enjoyment.

Students are 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.


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.)

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:

  • Traditional pathway: the minimum entry requirements for students studying two or more ‘A’ Levels are two grade 6s and four grade 4s at GCSE.
  • Applied pathway: the minimum entry requirements for students studying two or more BTEC/L3 Diplomas are five grade 4s 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 8 November 2018
  • Sixth Form Taster Day: Friday 14 December 2018
  • Deadline for submission of Applications to Sixth Form: Friday 11 January 2019

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

  • Interviews held for all prospective students and offers made:  January – February 2019
  • Induction days for forthcoming students: Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 June 2019




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