Apply

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.

Sixth Form On-line Application Form

As part of the application process we will ask you to complete an on-line application form. 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 no 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.

An application form to join St. Aidan’s & St. Anthony’s Catholic Sixth Form will open on Monday 15 January 24 and can be accessed below.

Application form for St. Aidan’s and St. Anthony’s Catholic Sixth Form

Please apply by Wednesday 14 February if possible, so that we can build our option blocks around the courses our students wish to study.

Choosing your courses in Sixth Form

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

We ask that you put these in rank order. We then build a timetable around 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.

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 study the courses you have chosen. For those who are studying elsewhere, we will write to your academy or school asking for a reference, and we will also invite you and your parents/carers into school to 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).

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 grade 5 at GCSE.
Biology

Desirable: Grade 7 in GCSE Biology and one other GCSE science and Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics or Grade 7-7 in  Science(Trilogy) and Grade 7 at GCSE Mathematics

Essential: 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 6 and Mathematics GCSE Grade 5
Chemistry

Desirable: Grade 7 in GCSE Chemistry and Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics or Grade 7-7 in  Science(Trilogy) and Grade 7 at GCSE Mathematics

Essential: Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry and Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics or Grade 6-6 in  Science(Trilogy) and Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics

Computer Science Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Economics Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Grade 6 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
Politics  Grade 6 in GCSE English Language
History Grade 6 in GCSE History and GCSE English Language
Mathematics  Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Further Mathematics Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
Media Studies  Grade 6 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

Desirable: Grade 7 in GCSE Physics and Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics or Grade 7-7 in  Science (Trilogy) and Grade 7 at GCSE Mathematics

Essential: 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 6 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 Extended Certificate in Engineering Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4, with English Language at Grade 5 and Mathematics and Science at grade 6.
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
Technical Diploma in IT Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above.  A qualification in IT would be advantageous but not required.

 

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.