Whilst the Sixth Form has no specific entry requirements, there are certain grade profiles which need to be achieved in order to access the different levels of study. These are detailed below accompanied by a brief explanation of who this may be suitable for.
For full details of the entry requirements for each individual subject, please view our course guide by clicking on the image below:
Level 3 (A level or equivalent Vocational courses) – Students wishing to access level 3 courses will need to achieve a minimum of 3 x GCSE A* – C grades and a grade 4 or above in both GCSE English & Maths. Students will also need to meet course specific entry requirements as detailed in the current course guide.
Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) – Students wishing to study level 2 courses should have achieved 3 x A* – E grades and grade 2 or above in both GCSE English and maths. This pathway may be suitable for students who didn’t manage to meet the entry requirements for level 3 study at the end of year 11. If students successfully achieve 3 x A* – C grades (including grade 4 or above in English and maths) at the end of their level 2 year they may then progress on to level 3 study the following year.
Foundation learning – Students wishing to study a foundation learning course will be working between entry 1 and level 1 with additional needs. Entry based on information from current education establishment, parents and outside agencies for us to determine if we can meet the needs and have an appropriate peer group.
Changes to Maths A level entry criteria- Following reform to the A level Mathematics specification for first teaching in September 2017, Bluecoat academy have taken the decision to revise their entry criteria for the subject to a grade 6 from GCSE. The change reflects the demands of the new A level specification, ensuring students are well prepared for the challenges of the course.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications to Bluecoat Academy Sixth Form are welcomed from all year 11 students, not just those currently studying at the Academy.
You can apply via http://p16applications.bluecoat.uk.com, this portal will take you through to our application page where Bluecoat students and non-Bluecoat students can apply. If at any stage you are unsure how to complete your application or wish to make a change do not hesitate to contact a member of the Sixth Form team for guidance.
AS re-takes: Bluecoat Academy Sixth Form is unable to offer students the opportunity to re-take year 12 on level 3 courses except in extenuating circumstances. This is due to the limited number of places available in the Sixth Form.
The Sixth Form offer taster sessions for applicants for the subjects on offer as an opportunity to sample lessons in advance of enrolment. The taster sessions will be held from Monday 9th to Friday 13th July 2018. Letters will be sent to all applicants with the details of these in May 2018.
Students are strongly encouraged to attend all taster sessions in their chosen subjects as well as in any others in which they may be interested. Taster sessions provide an invaluable opportunity to experience the teaching and content of the subjects chosen as well as an insight into the demands of Sixth Form study.
If you require further information about applying or our taster sessions please contact the Sixth Form on 0115 9007215.
The Sixth Form enrolment days will be on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th August 2018. In order to study at the Sixth Form, you must firstly submit an application form by using the link on this page. The application will be reviewed by a member of the Sixth Form Pastoral Team who may then invite you in for an interview. Following this you will receive notification as to whether or not you have been offered a place.
Applicants who are offered a place must enrol with us on either of the two days mentioned above. If you are unable to attend the enrolment days, please contact us in advance so that alternative arrangements may be made.