Sixth Form Entry Criteria

Whilst Sharnbrook Academy will continue to operate an open access policy, the sixth form will specialise in advanced course provision. At the same time, we are also committed to maintaining and protecting the positive ethos and high levels of motivation upon which student success is built.

All students will be expected to have appropriate qualifications and capability for the course that they wish to follow. A key deciding factor in determining acceptance will be each student’s past record in terms of motivation, behaviour, attendance and relationships with staff.

There are other expectations of sixth form students, relating to areas such as: appropriate standards of dress; attendance to school; attendance at lessons; commitment to work and completion of work assignments. Students will be required to make a commitment within these areas before being accepted into the sixth form.

Entry requirements
All students must meet the minimum entry requirements which are:

  • a minimum of five GCSE passes at A* to C or 9 - 4, plus mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.
  • ECDL or an equivalent IT course where studied.

Please note that, where a student wishes to take at least one A level course and has level 2 BTEC qualifications, those level 2 BTEC qualifications can only count for up to a maximum of two of the required GCSE passes at A* to C/9 - 4, or mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.

Students wishing to embark on level 3 BTEC courses only should have:

  • a minimum of five GCSE passes at A* to C or 9 - 4, plus mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.
  • ECDL or an equivalent IT course where studied.

Please note that, in this case, level 2 BTEC qualifications can count for up to a maximum of five of the required GCSE passes at A* to C/9-4, or mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.

Many courses also have specific grade entry requirements. Students who wish to pursue these qualification aims will need to meet these in addition to the minimum entry requirements. You can find further details of the subject specific entry requirements by looking at the individual subject information which can be found here.

Logistical factors mean that individual subjects may be limited in the number of students they are able to accommodate. Where one or more of applicants’ initial course choices are unavailable, it may still be possible to offer a place to study a different combination of subjects. Applicants will be invited to visit the academy to discuss their aspirations and be advised about the availability of courses that will best meet their needs. N.B. This is not an interview to determine whether a place can be offered, which (subject to achieving minimum entry requirements) will be decided according to the oversubscription criteria below.

The Academy reserves the right to withdraw under-subscribed courses.