How to Apply

The transition at 16 from GCSE courses to A levels is a very important step in your educational career and we see the process as a guided step, where we offer information, advice and guidance with your further destination in mind. We adopt the same process whether you are a student moving on from our own Year 11, or if you are an applicant from another school or college.

There is a pupil admission number (PAN) for the Sixth Form of 160 for Year 12 and the criteria for allocating the event of oversubscription is covered in the school admission policy here.

The entry requirement for entry to advanced level study is: grade 4 and 5 across English language and mathematics*. At least three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Entry requirements into the Sixth Form and specific courses are non-negotiable. *This means if you achieve a grade 4 in English language you need to achieve a grade 5 in mathematics; if you achieve a grade 4 in mathematics you need to achieve a grade 5 in English.

This is very much a baseline qualification and many subjects strongly recommend or require higher grades if you wish to take their subject at advanced level: see the subject requirements table and subject descriptions in the prospectus. It is preferred for any student wishing to pursue advanced level courses to have at least a grade 5 in both English language and mathematics: these are an indicator that you will be able to deal with the literacy and numeracy demands of all A levels. This is the minimum requirement for applicants from other academies, schools and colleges.

The school holds an information evening in January with the formal application process starting in February with the issue Sixth Form Prospectus and applications being submitted before the February half term. Discussions are then held with students in March and April with regards to option choices and suitability for the courses. Offer letters are sent out at the beginning of May.

To help the transition from key stage 4 to 5 the school holds induction days at the end of June. Final places are allocated once all entry requirements have been met in accordance with the school admission policy following the GCSE results day.

Important staff in this process:

Miss Sophie French, Head of Sixth Form, who manages the application process, along with the two Sixth Form Year Heads: Dr Tony Foody and Mr Mark Stanton.

Mrs Carol McIntosh, Sixth Form Learning Supervisor, who looks after the administration of applications from students already at Keswick School.

Mrs Christine Lennon, Sixth Form Learning Supervisor, who looks after the administration of applications from students who apply from other schools and colleges.

For further information about applying the Sixth Form please click here:

Applying to the Sixth Form

Get in touch.

Vicarage Hill
CA12 5QB

017687 72605