Applying to Sixth Form

Sixth Form Admissions

Sharnbrook Sixth Form is open to all students who meet the entry criteria, whether currently at Sharnbrook Academy or from outside of our catchment area. Please refer to our admissions policy. Our online application form will be available to access from the middle of November.

For students from other schools who are interested in joining us, we invite you to our open evenings; to experience a shadow day; meet the staff; speak to students, as well as discussing your options with the sixth form team. Click here to find out more.


Please refer to the transport policy information on the Bedford Borough website. If you don't live within an area for which there is home to school transport available to you as a Sixth Former, please click here to see information relating to local transport providers.

Guidance on selecting courses

At Sharnbrook Sixth Form, we understand the importance of selecting the right courses for your future.

We have expert staff available to help you with your choices and guide you through the process, whichever route you wish to follow. You will have access to support from your tutor, careers guidance and the sixth form team.

Sixth Form curriculum routes

A level courses

You will be expected to choose 3 A level subjects that will be taken over a two year full time programme of study. There is the option to take a fourth subject but this will be discussed with you.

BTEC Level 3 courses

BTECs are work-related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students, built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university. They provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. In the sixth form, they can be taken alongside other A levels and are recognised by colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. BTECs have been around for over 25 years, their reputation is second to none and they continue to grow and develop.

The level 3 national diploma award is the equivalent of two A levels, the level 3 extended certificate is the equivalent of one A level.

Students must bear in mind that both A levels and BTECs are all two year courses and as such involve a full commitment over the whole course. It is expected that students will successfully complete Year 12 in order to progress to Year 13.

GCSE Post 16 courses

Students may need to supplement their programmes by undertaking a one year GCSE post 16 course in English and mathematics. Those students who do not achieve at least a 4 grade at GCSE would have to consider following such a course. Dependent upon numbers involved, particularly advanced level students, these courses may need to be followed beyond the normal school day.