Frequently Asked Questions
Here's all the information you need to know about our Sixth Form.
How do I apply to KSA?
What are the entry requirements for Sixth Form?
To study 3 BTECs, you need to have 5 GCSE (or equivalent) grade 4s or above. You will also need to meet the subject specific requirements.
What is the difference between vocational BTECs and A Levels?
The main difference between the two types of qualifications is the assessment method. BTECs are still modular meaning exams can be taken in January, with an option to improve them in the summer. There is also a bigger emphasis on coursework.
A Levels are all examined at the end of year 13 with either 2 or 3 exams per subject. While many do still offer coursework, the weighting is heavier for exams.
Are vocational BTECs accepted by universities?
All the courses we offer are accepted at universities. The vocational BTECs are equivalent to the A Levels and offer the same points as A Levels. Please see attached UCAS site for further information
Can I study a combination of A Levels and BTECs?
Yes. To do this you will need to meet the entry requirements for sixth form and subject specific requirements.
I have sent my application off but want to change my subjects, can I do this?
Yes – as long as you meet the requirements for the subject you wish to swap, just contact one of the sixth form team who can make the changes for you.
I have submitted by application and been called for interview, what do I need to prepare?
Nothing. The interview is a chance for us to find out about your future career goals so we can ensure that you have selected the best subjects for you. It is also a chance for you to ask us questions about life in the sixth form.
I have received my conditional letter, what do I need to do now?
After the interview, we send out a conditional letter to all students confirming their subject choices and entry requirements. You do not need to do anything further until results day where you will confirm your place with one of the sixth form team. Once your place is confirmed, we will give you information about the start of term.
I live in a village, can I still get the school bus?
Yes, but you will need to contact the bus company directly to book your place. You will also need to be aware that you will have to pay for your place on the bus in sixth form. If you have any questions about bus use, please contact reception.
I am not able to attend the induction days, what do I need to do?
It is a shame you are unable to attend but please make sure you let the sixth form team know so we can pass on the transition work you will need to complete before the start of term. During induction days you have the opportunity to trial your subjects to confirm you have made the right choices.
I have collected the transition work but I now want to change subject, what do I do?
All transition work is available on the website. Simply click on the subject you wish to take instead to download the work. This will be available from mid-July. Make sure you have informed the sixth form team of the swap so we can confirm you meet the entry requirements of the new subject.
What do I need to wear to Sixth Form?
You should be wearing business wear in Sixth Form. Please see the attached link for the uniform policy. If you are unsure about clothes you are considering buying, please speak to one of the sixth form team who will be happy to put your mind at ease.
School bursaries are available. How do I apply for this?
The school bursary forms are available from reception, the application form and policy can also be found at the bottom of this page. Please make sure you complete forms fully and return to reception so they can be processed quickly.
Why are there assessments so early in the course?
We run an induction assessment in week 3 of the course to ensure that you are on a suitable pathway. If you are not on the correct pathway, we can support you with making any changes.
Do we get home studies?
Yes but these are based on academic achievement and great attendance. We award home studies after October half term. They can only be taken in the afternoon and a maximum of 2 are awarded. They can be removed if attendance drops or if grades drop.