Sacred Heart Catholic College

Sixth Form

Our Courses

All of our 16 to 19 study programmes are designed to provide students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans.

A Levels 

We offer a wide range of academic A Level courses. These subjects are linear, which means that the qualifications are awarded following examinations only.

These examinations take place at the end of Year 13.

Vocational Courses

We also offer a number of vocational courses at the College (Applied General in Business, Criminology, Digital Media, Health and Social Care, Information Technology and Physical Education).

All of our vocational courses provide important UCAS points to access university and are assessed throughout the two year programme through examinations and coursework. Students can opt to take vocational courses alongside academic A Level subjects.

English and Maths 

The College provides re-sit opportunities, if required, in English Language and Mathematics GCSEs. These external examinations take place in November and June.

Sixth Form Destinations 2021-2022

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Our Approach

Our study programmes are individually tailored, and typically combine the elements below:

  • Substantial qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4,
  • Work experience to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in real working conditions, and
  • Other non-qualification activity to develop students’ character, broader skills, attitudes and confidence, and support progression

Study programmes are designed to be full-time with a minimum of 580 planned hours per academic year.

Students with SEND are given the support they need to access their study programme. We take particular care to tailor study programmes to the individual aspirations and needs of students with SEND, in discussion with the student. Where students have an EHC plan, we also involve the local authority SEN team where appropriate.

All students aged 16 to 19 studying 150 hours or more who do not hold at least a GCSE grade 4 are required to study English and maths as part of their study programme in each academic year.

To ensure students are fully engaged and supported with their learning, it is expected that the significant majority of planned hours of all 16 to 19 study programmes are delivered face to face, with students attending on-site every week during term time

All students are expected to take part in other meaningful non-qualification activity alongside work experience. This should take account of their needs and career plans, as well as preparation for adult life more generally.

For example:

  • activities to develop confidence, character and resilience, group work to develop team working, communications skills, leadership and problem solving – skills that employers often say are lacking in school and college leavers.
  • tutorials and seminars, including careers education, and life skills, such as travelling independently, cooking and eating healthily, staying safe, making sustainable choices, managing personal finances, and preparing for adult or university life.

1. A Level students are expected to follow a minimum of three A levels, or the equivalent, which count as substantial qualifications

2. Applied General qualifications – level 3 qualifications that allow students to develop transferable knowledge and skills. They are for post-16 students who want to continue their education through applied learning and fulfil entry requirements for a range of HE courses, either by meeting the entry requirements in their own right or being accepted alongside and adding value to other qualifications at level 3 such as A levels.

3. Tech Level qualifications – level 3 technical qualifications on a par with A levels that are recognised by employers. They are for post-16 students wishing to specialise in a specific industry, occupation or technical role. They equip a student with specialist knowledge and skills, enabling entry to an apprenticeship or other employment, or progression to a related higher education course.

4. Technical Certificates – level 2 qualifications for post-16 students wishing to specialise in a specific industry, occupation or technical role where employers recognise entry at level 2. Technical Certificates also provide access to Tech Levels or an apprenticeship. In some cases, a Technical Certificate can provide a ‘licence to practise’ or exemption from professional examinations.

Sixth Form Admission Arrangements

Sacred Heart Catholic Academy is responsible for all its own admissions. All applicants who achieve the minimum academic requirements detailed in the prospectus who are existing Year 11 pupils of the school or are existing Year 11 pupils of other schools, will be admitted to the Sixth Form where places are available.

It is preferred that students who wish to undertake a Level 3 course in the Sixth Form achieve a minimum of 5 in the subject area that they are applying for. Students must either have GCSE English or Maths at least at grade 4 or must opt to resit these subject in Year 12. Our academy does not gives priority to applications from pupils enrolled at particular schools.

Application Process for
Year 11 Pupils
Application Process for
External Pupils
Throughout GCSEs
Discuss with subject teachers the
possibility of taking their subject at A level
Jan-Feb of Y11
Attend Y12 Open Evening to speak
to staff about courses
Attend Year 12 Open Evening to
speak to staff about courses
Research courses on the school and exam board websites Research courses on the school and
exam board websites
Complete External Application Form
Before Easter After Easter
Complete Internal application form (typically arranged in-school closer to the time - time frame for this due to the school closure will be altered. Please keep an eye on school communications) Invited for interview
Attend 6th Form Interview Reference asked for
from original school
Place offered based on
application, interview and reference
Collect GCSE results
Finalise A-Level subjects
with a member of the 6th Form Team

Sixth Form Prospectus

sixth form prospectus 2021.pdf

Sixth Form Bursary

The purpose of the Sixth Form Bursary is to provide financial support to help disadvantaged students overcome specific barriers to participation so that they can remain in education. Payment is provided directly to students.

There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

  •  Bursaries of up to £1,200 a year for students who are: in care, care leavers, receiving Income Support (IS) or Universal Credit (UC) in place of Income Support in their own right, receiving Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.
  • Discretionary bursaries that the College awards to meet individual needs such as transport and equipment. Students falling into one of the following criteria may be eligible to apply for this fund: Eligibility to Free School Meals in Year 11, young carer not in receipt of a carers allowance, parental receipt of benefits, household income falling below the threshold of £20,000 or other exceptional circumstances where hardship can be evidenced.

To apply for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, students should complete the application form below.

Sixth Form Bursary Application Form

Uniform and Dress Code

All College rules are applied sensitively and with regard to the circumstances of individual pupils. Parents wishing to discuss any aspect of uniform policy should raise the matter with the relevant Head of School in the first instance.

The final decision of what is acceptable and appropriate remains, as always, with the Headteacher.

Boys Girls
White Shirt White v- necked blouse with collar and sleeves, suitably fastened
Sixth Form tie
Black v- necked jumper – no hooded tops Black v- necked cardigan or v- necked jumper
Black trousers – no canvas trousers or jeans Black skirt or black pinafore dress – of appropriate length
Tailored regular-fit black trousers
Black leather shoes – no boots, pumps or canvas shoes Black leather shoes – no high heels, boots, pumps or canvas shoes
Plain black socks – not to be worn over the knee
Plain black or neutral coloured tights – no footless tights
Plain black outdoor coat, without designer motifs Plain black outdoor coat, without designer motifs
Hair must be neat and tidy and of one conventional colour Hair must be neat and tidy and of one conventional colour
Boys should present a neat appearance and be clean- shaven
Discreet jewellery and makeup is acceptable, but no body piercing is allowed

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart Catholic Academy Sixth Form. Please click on the link below to complete your application.

Sixth Form Application