Sixth Form Admissions

Year 12 2024 Applications

The deadline for applications for Year 12 2024 was 12 noon on Friday 5th January 2024.

Please note applications submitted after the deadline will be considered late. This includes applications that were started before the deadline but sumitted after (incomplete applications). Late and incomplete applications will be considered after all on time applications on results day in line with our published admission arrangements.

Please read all the information on this page carefully including our 2024/25 admission arrangements before submitting your application.

The admission number for year 12 is 100. This is the number of places which will be offered on an annual basis to eligible external applicants. i.e students who are not already on roll at Bristol Cathedral Choir School. If fewer pupils intend to transfer from Year 11, the school will admit over the admission number.

A list of available subjects and our entry requirements can be found below.

Admissions Process & Key Dates Year 12 2024 entry

The Sixth Form is a vibrant and diverse community, comprising of students coming from over 40 schools across the locality. We welcome all applications and recognise how big a decision is for young people. Thank you for considering BCCS. Please read through the admission arrangements and follow the guidance below to support your transition: we will support the process by offering clear and honest advice as to a young person’s best options for their post-16 education.

To submit a late application for Year 12 2024, please click here.

Wednesday 1st November 2023
Open Event
Wednesday 15th November 2023
Open Event
Friday 3rd November 2023
Application Form for Year 12 2024 opened

Friday 5th January 2024

On-time application deadline - 12 Noon Friday 5th January 2024

Applications submitted after the deadline will be treated as late. Incomplete applications (i.e. those started before the closing date but not completed on-time) will also be treated as late. On results day we will process late applications after on-time applications and cannot guarantee a place.

We will be in touch as appropriate with updates on the admission process as the year progresses.

Please read all information on this page before registering via the Admissions Portal.

Mid-March 2024

On time and internal applicants will receive conditional offers and information regarding next steps.

Communications will be sent to the email address listed on your application. Please check your spam/junk folders to ensure communications are not missed.

If you have any questions please email

Tuesday 2nd July 2024

Taster Day

Due to the number of applications we have received, we will be asking applicants to sign up for the taster day on a first come, first served basis. More information will be sent out in the summer term.

The subjects you selected on your application form will be the subjects you can attend on the taster day. We are not able to accommodate subject changes at this time as we are using numbers for planning. You will still be able to change your subjects at enrolment, and more information will be available later in the year.

Thursday 22nd August 2024

GCSE results day 

As soon as GCSE results are known students should confirm their intention to take up a place via the online admissions & enrolment portal and upload evidence of their results. Details will be updated as the year progresses.

Where BCCS is oversubscribed all applications will be considered in line with the published admission arrangements and no place can be guaranteed.

To enrol, please login to your application from 8am on Results Day.

September 2024

Induction Day for Year 12. Details to follow enrolment. Date TBC.

Wednesday 4th September 2024

Term starts for all students 8:40am
End of September/early October 2024
Appeals Heard

Entry Requirements 

  • To be eligible to enter the sixth form, both internal and external students will be expected to have met the minimum academic entry requirement at GCSE which is at least five grades at 6, 6, 5, 5, 5 and a 4 in English Language or Literature.
  • Students meet the course entry grades for the subjects applied for as specified in the courses guide for each subject (and summarised in the table below).
  • Students may choose up to 4 A Level subjects, but only one subject from a block. This will be made clear on the application form.
  • Whilst every effort is made, admission to BCCS does not guarantee entry to the courses as offered in the prospectus. Entry to courses is subject to sufficient student numbers, relevant staffing and the availability of specialist accommodation that is cost effective.
  • Changes to courses following discussion with students will only be permitted if there is room in the intended class and that altering the course does not involve unreasonable disruption to the learning experiences of other students.
  • If a course is unable to run, due to insufficient numbers or changes in staffing, BCCS will contact students concerned in the first instance.
  • Enrichment afternoon for Year 12 students is timetabled for period 4 and 5 on Tuesday afternoons.

Subject specific entry requirements


Specific subject grade(s)

Maths grade

English (language or literature) grade

Art (Fine Art or Graphics)

6 in Art



6, 6 in combined science or 6 in Biology

6, but 7 is highly recommended


Business Studies

5 in Business (if taken)


6, 6 in combined science or 6 in Chemistry

6, but 7 is highly recommended


Computer Science

Details TBC - Please note this subject will only be available from enrolment.  


Drama & Theatre Studies







English Language

6 in English Language


English Literature

6 in English Literature



6 in Geography



Government & Politics




6 in History




7 in Maths


Further Maths

7 in Maths, a grade 8/9 is recommended


Modern Foreign Languages - French

6 in the chosen language

Please note we will no longer be able to offer German as an option for Year 12 2024.



6 in Music



6, 6 in combined science or 6 in Physics

6, but 7 is highly recommended






Religious Studies: Philosophy & Ethics

6 in Religious Studies OR 6 in English







Sports Studies

6 in GCSE PE OR 6 in English or Biology



All applicants refused a place have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code. 

Link to Post 16 Appeal Guidance

Link to Letter of Appeal Form

Link to our 2023 First Round Allocation Statement

Admission Arrangements 2024/25

In line with the School Admissions Code, Cathedral Schools Trust (CST) has determined (agreed) the admission arrangements for the academic year 2024/25. These arrangements are for children who will be admitted to the school at the normal point of entry for September 2024.

Please click on the links below to view the admission arrangements and relevant admission forms.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) Post 16 admission arrangements 2024/25

Printable 2024/25 application form

Supplementary Information Form (Staff)

Application for an Out of Year Group Request

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For further information:

For all Sixth Form admission related queries please contact

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