Sixth Form Admissions 

The sixth form welcomes students from both our Year 11 and many others from outside. Every year the number of applicants seems to rise as more students have access to information. All our courses are in high demand. We encourage students to follow appropriate pathways to ensure the continued success of all students attending our sixth form. Finding an appropriate place for the next stage of your education is very important and we encourage you to read the determined admission arrangements and follow the guidance below to support this transition.

Admissions Process & Key Dates Year 12 2021 entry

Wednesday 14th October 2020

Applications for 2021 are open. 

To apply online you'll need to register via the admissions portal (see below)

Wednesday 4th November 2020

6th Form live webinar 

Details of how to register for the webinar will be made available on the homepage in due course; https://bccs.bristol.sch.uk/

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Closing date for applications.

Applications submitted after 12 noon on 5th January 2021 will be treated as late. This means, on results day we will process your application after on-time applications and cannot guarantee a place.

February/March 2021

Informal discussion with internal & external students - TBC

Summer 2021

Taster Day TBC

August 2021

GCSE results day TBC

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.

September 2021

Induction Day for Year 12  - TBC

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).
  • Spanish A Level is offered as an on-line A Level with Pearson and not timetabled.
  • Students may choose up to 4 A Level subjects, but only one subject from a block.
  • 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, BCCS will contact students concerned in the first instance.
  • Games for year 12 students is timetabled for period 4 and 5 on Wednesday afternoons.

Subject specific entry requirements

Subject

Specific subject grade(s)

Maths grade

English (language or literature) grade

Art (Fine Art or Graphics)

6 in Art

   

Biology

6, 6 in combined science or 6 in Biology

6, but 7 is highly recommended

 

Business Studies

5 in Business (if taken)

Chemistry

6, 6 in combined science or 6 in Chemistry

6, but 7 is highly recommended

 

Drama & Theatre Studies

   

6

Economics

 

6

6

English Language

6 in English Language

   

English Literature

6 in English Literature

   

Geography

6 in Geography

 

6

Government & Politics

   

6

History

6 in History

 

6

Maths

7 in Maths

   

Further Maths

7 in Maths, a grade 8/9 is recommended

   

Modern Foreign Languages - French or German

6 in the chosen language

   

Music

6 in Music

   

Physics

6, 6 in combined science or 6 in Physics

6, but 7 is highly recommended

 

Psychology

 

5

6

Religious Studies: Philosophy & Ethics

6

 

6

Sociology

 

5

6

Sports Studies

6 in GCSE PE

   

Consideration of Applications

BCCS will admit any students with an EHCP naming the school. Where BCCS is undersubscribed all applicants meeting the minimum academic entry requirements will be admitted/permitted to progress.

Where there are more eligible external applicants that satisfy any academic entry requirements, priority will be given in the order set out below (for a full definition of each category please see the Determined Admission Arrangements 2020/21):

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children;
  2. Sibling on roll at the time of application;
  3. Children of BCCS employees;
  4. Random allocation to other children living in Bristol postcode areas BS1 to BS16;
  5. Random allocation to all other children not living in Bristol postcode areas BS1 to BS16.

Application Form for 2021

To apply online you'll need to register via the admissions portal below:

Sixth Form 2021 Application Portal

We advise you to read a full copy of the determined admission arrangements before submitting an application.

Applications submitted after 12 noon on 5th January 2021 will be treated as late. This means, on results day we will process your application after on-time applications and cannot guarantee a place will be available for you in September.

Determined Admission Arrangements 2021/22

Cathedral Schools Trust is the admission authority for BCCS who have determined (agreed) the admission arrangements for children who will be admitted to the school at the normal point of entry for September 2021.

BCCS Post 16 determined admission arrangements 2021/22 can be viewed here

Determined Admission Arrangements 2020/21

Cathedral Schools Trust is the admission authority for BCCS who have determined (agreed) the admission arrangements for children who will be admitted to the school at the normal point of entry for September 2020.

BCCS Post 16 determined admission arrangements 2020/21 can be viewed here

For further information:

For all sixth form admission related queries please contact post16admissions@bristolcathedral.org.uk

For all other general enquiries about sixth form please contact post16@bristolcathedral.org