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Applying to Sixth Form

Applying to Sixth Form

When students join our Sixth Form it is our policy to place them on to courses that are suited to their academic ability. GCSE results are looked at very carefully and suggested courses (whether these be BTEC qualifications or A Level qualifications or a combination of the two) are recommended to students. Further to this, and in line with the newly reformed linear A Level Qualifications, students also sit an Entrance Exam within 3 weeks of them starting their courses in Year 12. This enables us to have an accurate understanding of their suitability for their chosen courses in order for them to be successful. Students who do not perform well on these entrance tests will be given another opportunity to sit the test, and if there are still concerns a more appropriate course for them to study will be recommended.

Application Form

The application form for 2017 entries is available to download below.

Your completed application form should be returned by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

A confirmation email will be sent to you when the application is received.

Arnold Hill Academy Admissions Policy 2017-2018 - Admission to the 6th Form

Arnold Hill Academy Post-16 centre presently offers ‘A’ level and a range of vocational courses.

Subsequently we propose the following admissions criteria:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C (including a minimum grade 5 in GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics for A Level study)
  • A minimum of grade C in a related GCSE for academic Level 3 courses (B grades are recommended by the Academy for many subjects and a grade A is required to study A Level Mathematics)
  • A minimum of grade C (or equivalent) in a relevant subject for courses not studied previously

These requirements do not include English oral grades or GCSE half course grades. Please see the Sixth Form Prospectus for specific entry requirements for each subject. The admission limit for applications to Year 12 from outside the school is 25. A meeting will be held to advise and clarify entrance requirements for particular courses; these are also given in the Sixth Form Prospectus. This meeting will not form part of the admissions process. 

Oversubscription Criteria for the 6th Form

Where the number of applications for admission exceeds the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:

1. A looked after child or a child who has previously been looked after.

2. Proximity to the school will be used with those living nearer being given priority.

Closing Date for 2017 Entry

The closing date for Sixth Form Applications was Friday 16th December 2016. 

Year 12 Induction Day

The Year 12 Induction Day takes place on Monday 3rd July 2017. Further details will be sent out nearer the time regarding timings and content of the day.

If you have any queries regarding options or the Sixth Form in general, please contact Ms Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.