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.
Virtual Tour of Life in the Sixth Form
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 courses offered are also on-hand during the evening to discuss course content and offer information and advice.
This year, due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold this event in the usual way. Please see our Sixth Form Virtual Tour, with input from our new Heads of School, our Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Head and a range of current Sixth Form students.
Induction Days – June 2021
All those who are offered a place in the Sixth Form are invited to two Induction Days 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
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.
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 individual subjects for specific entry requirements.
At the end of June all students with an offer of a place in the Sixth Form are invited to attend the Induction day.
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
- Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening: Thursday 5 November 2020
- Deadline for submission of Applications to Sixth Form: Sunday 31 January 2021
(NB: Late applications may be considered in special circumstances.)
- Interviews held for all prospective students and offers made: February – March 2021
- Induction days – June 2021