Applying to Sixth Form

Applications for entry to St Anthony’s and St Aidan’s Sixth Form are welcomed from Year 11 students from St Aidan’s, St Anthony’s or any other academy or school from the City of Sunderland and surrounding areas.

As part of the application process we will ask you to complete an on-line application form (see link below).

We will gather basic information about you, what you are currently studying and how you may have performed in your mock examinations.

We will also ask you to write a personal statement of not more than 300 words, telling us about yourself and anything you think we need to know that is relevant to you studying in the sixth form.

This could include such information as:

  • love of a particular subject
  • career aim
  • relevant work placement
  • enrichment activities you take part in both within and outside of school/academy
  • opportunities you would like to experience.

 

Choosing your courses in Sixth Form

You are asked to choose at least 3 but up to 4 or 5 courses that you may be considering studying post-16.

We ask that you put these in rank order. We then build a timetable about the choices you want. By doing this we hope to give every student their first and second choices, and for the vast majority of students their third choice of subject.

Access to courses is subject to meeting the General Sixth Form Entry Requirements and Subject Specific Requirements that are listed below.

 

Deadline for Applications

The Deadline for Applications is Sunday 14th February 2021.

Applications received after this date will be accepted but it cannot be guaranteed that a student’s choice of subjects can given after this date.

Applications will open on the Virtual Open Evening on 26th January 2021

 

On-line Application Form

 

On-line applications will open on  Tuesday 26th January 2021 and will close on Sunday 14th February 2021.

 

Please click on this link to access the  On-line Application Form.   PLEASE VISIT OUR AUGUST ENROLMENT PAGE

 

Any student who has applied after the closure date or whom has not already applied but who wants to start Sixth Form in September 2020 should attend the Registration Day in August 2021. Please contact the school to confirm arrangements in light of COVID-19.

 

Post Application Procedures

Upon receipt of your application we will begin the process of considering your application. For those who are currently at St Anthony’s or St Aidan’s, we will ask your subject teachers about your suitability to studying the courses you have chosen. Those who are studying elsewhere, we will write to your academy or school asking for a reference, and we will also invite yourself and your parents/carers in have an informal meeting with a member of our sixth form team. This will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and for our staff to get to know you.

Letters offering a place in Sixth Form, subject to the General Sixth Form Entry Requirements and Subject Specific Requirements being satisfied, will be sent out in late Spring(March/April).

 

Sixth Form Enrolment Day

Enrolment day to the Sixth Form starts on Thursday 12th August. Visit our enrolment page for more information.

This is GCSE results day and applicants should attend St Anthony’s site with a copy of their GCSEs, where a Senior Leader will take you through the enrolment process.

If you have not done as well as you expected, please still come along and talk to one of our team to see how we may be able to personalise your programme of study.

 

This may change in light of COVID-19. We will inform all applicants of any changes.

 

 

General Entry Requirements 

Entry Requirements for Sixth Form to study 3 A-Level/BTEC courses are a minimum of 5 GCSEs including 3 at Grade 5 and 2 at Grade 4 or better.

Entry Requirements for Sixth Form to study 4 A-Level/BTEC courses are a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 7 or better.

Those students who have achieved between 5 GCSE Grades at 4 and the Standard Entry Requirement should talk to the Academy about individualised programmes of study based on a reduced list of options.

 

Specific Entry Requirements for Subjects

A Level

Course Entry Requirement
Art and Design It is desirable but not essential to have 5 at GCSE.
Biology Grade 6 in GCSE Biology and one other GCSE science and Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics or Grade 6-6 in  Science(Trilogy) and Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics
Business Studies English GCSE Grade 5 and Mathematics GCSE Grade 5
Chemistry Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry and Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics or Grade 6-6 in  Science(Trilogy) and Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics
Classical Civilisation Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
Computer Science Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Economics Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics
English Language Grade 6 in GCSE English Language
English Literature Grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
French Grade 6 in GCSE French
Geography Grade 6 in GCSE Geography
Government and Politics  Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
History Grade 6 in GCSE History and GCSE English Language
Mathematics  Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Further Mathematics Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics but Grade 7 or better recommended
Media Studies  Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
Music  Grade 6 in GCSE Music or a BTEC Music at Level 2 Distinction and ABRSM Practical Exam Grade 5 and play a musical instrument
Philosophy and Theology GCSE Grade 6 in Religious Education
Photography No formal requirements
Physics Grade 6 in GCSE Physics and Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics or Grade 6-6 in  Science(Trilogy) and Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics
Psychology Grade 6 in GCSE English Language, Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 5 in any GCSE Science
Religious Education No formal requirements
Sociology Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
Spanish Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish
Textiles Design Grade 5 in GCSE Textiles
Three Dimensional Design Grade 5 in GCSE Product Design

 

 

Other Level 3 Courses

Course Entry Requirement
Core Mathematics – Level 3 Mathematical Studies Students who have achieved a Grade 5 at GCSE Mathematics
BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business Studies Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above preferably including GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language
BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above preferably including GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language and aGCSE Science
BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 preferably including English Language, Mathematics and a Grade 5 in Product Design or related GCSE
BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science  Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 preferably including English Language and Grade 5 at GCSE Mathematics.  Two Grade 5’s from GCSE Physics/GCSE Biology/GCSE Chemistry and Grade 5 at GCSE Mathematics  or Grade 5-5 in  Science(Trilogy) 
BTEC National Extended Certificate in PE & Sport Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 preferably including English Language, Mathematics with a grade 5 in GCSE Biology or GCSE Science with evidence of commitment to school/club level sport. It is recommended that you have successfully studied GCSE or BTEC PE or equivalent in Key Stage 4.
BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Law Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4  including English Language, Mathematics at a grade 4

 

GCSE

Course Entry Requirement
English  All students who have not achieved a Grade 4 at GCSE English must follow this course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Good Pass of a Grade 5 are advised to re-sit in November in an attempt to do so.
Mathematics  All students who have not achieved a Grade 4 at GCSE Mathematics must follow this course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Good Pass of a Grade 5 are advised to re-sit in November in an attempt to do so.