Choosing The New Sixth

  • Check whether your chosen career will require specific advanced level subjects for entry to university. Many do not, but a few do. Medicine, veterinary science, engineering, teaching and architecture are among those that do require specific subjects.
  • Take advice from industry professionals – they will have first-hand knowledge of subject combinations that will work best for your chosen career.
  • Talk to your teachers and tutor – they know your strengths and their advice is crucial.
  • Talk to your friends and family – they understand your interests and what subjects might stimulate and broaden your knowledge further.
  • Attend our Open Events and Taster Days to find out about the variety of A Level courses on offer and consider whether these skills and activities appeal to you. How much reading, essay-writing, calculation, laboratory work, practical or field work is involved? Will you have to participate in residential or out-of-school activities?
  • If you are particularly good at something or have enjoyed it at GCSE, the chances are that you will enjoy it and do well at A Level. For university entrance, the grade you gain at advanced level is usually more important than the name of the subject. However, do be aware that for Russell Group universities some subjects are more facilitating than others.

Applying for a place
  • All students in their final year at Saint Gregory’s and St Mark’s have an automatic place in the sixth form, provided they meet the entry requirements for a full-time programme of study.
  • Places are also available to students of other schools who may wish to experience a new type of sixth form provision and who meet the requirements for a full-time course of study.
  • Students should complete an application form and submit before the deadline.
  • Our one-to-one consultations in Terms 3 and 4, provide an opportunity for students to share their ambitions and aspirations with our dedicated sixth form team so that they can learn more about students as individuals and their chosen study route, helping to personalise the sixth form journey and make it more relevant and meaningful.
  • Conditional offers will be made to students, together with a guideline of the academic success required at GCSE to secure a place for September.
  • Speak to our sixth form team about bursary funding to help support you in your post-16 studies, if appropriate.

Starting at The New Sixth
  • Our Levelling Up Days in June is an excellent chance to join us and find out more about the environment that you will be working in for the next two years.
  • At GCSE results day in August, students will have an opportunity to confirm or alter their subject choices, depending on their academic success.
  • Induction Day in September is a bespoke day for Year 12 students to start their sixth form journey with us, ahead of the main academic calendar, with tailored guidance and support to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. This day guarantees that, from the very beginning, students are aware of the expectations and offer available to them at The New Sixth.