A Christian Learning Community

    Sixth Form

    Entry Requirements

    Our Sixth Form is open to students of all backgrounds and faiths and so has a separate admissions criteria to that for the rest of the School

    Below you can find a summary of the Sixth Form entry requirements at Bishop Ramsey with further details available in the Course Guide (please note an amendment to Computer Science entry requirements - must have GCSE Computer Science grade 6) ,  Prospectus and Application Form which can be found on our 'Prospectus and How to Apply' page.  Click here for this page to open in a different window

    What are we looking for?

    The academic entry requirements vary, depending on the course of study you wish to follow. If you have met the course entry requirements we accept a student on a Sixth Form programme of study provided that :
    • you genuinely wish to continue education;
    • you understand, accept and are committed to the overall requirements of life, standards and responsibilities in the Sixth Form;
    • you choose a realistic and relevant course for which you are qualified.
    • Looked After Children (or previously Looked After Children) who meet the academic criteria are given the highest priority in the case of over-subscription.
    For some courses we ask that you take an admission test, some GCSE courses include a lot of material and skills  that are not relevant to an A' Level course. This means that the GCSE score alone is not a good indicator of potential success. Our key aim is to start you on the right courses where you will be successful.
    On the 2nd July 2018 we will be running tests in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and PE - materials to support you in doing the tests can be found at the bottom of the page.
    Our key expectations
    During their previous school career students will be expected to have demonstrated and be able to sustain the following:
    • regular attendance;
    • punctuality;
    • commitment to studies;
    • motivation and responsibility in the organisation of personal study;
    • acceptance of the ethos of a Church School;
    • willingness to play a leading role in the school community;
    • the maintenance of good relationships with peers and staff.
    We welcome students from other schools and are very experienced at successfully integrating them into our Sixth Form. Academic entry requirements are exactly the same as for internal applicants.

     A Level Reform

    A Levels are now a two year linear course.  AS Levels still exist and can be taken as a freestanding qualification.

    • Students may choose 3 or 4 subjects to study at A Level and should follow the guidance below (next section) to inform their choices.
    • If a student takes 4 subjects they may decide, under certain circumstances, to take one of their subjects at AS at the end of Year 12.
    • Students will take mock examinations in January of Year 12 and if their results are predicting grades of D or E, they will be entered for AS at the end of Year 12 and will be able to continue to the full A level if they gain a grade D
    • We will decide during the course of the year in which subjects, students will take AS levels based on best advice at the time.

    The guidance on the appropriate programmes to study for students is based on the student’s average GCSE score

    • Students achieving an average GCSE score of 6 or above should be considering 4 A Levels.

      • Students attaining an average GCSE score between 5 and 6 should be considering 3 A Levels.

      • Students attaining an average GCSE score between 4 and 5 could be considering 2 A Levels. Chosen from Art, Drama, Film Studies or Photography.

      • Students attaining an average GCSE score of below 4 should be considering other options.