Sixth Form Admissions 

Year 12 2023 applications

Please note the application deadline for Year 12 2023 entry was 12 noon on Friday 6th January 2023. Applications submitted after this 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.

Please follow this link to start a late application for Year 12 2023 entry.

Please read all the information on this page carefully including our 2023/24 admission arrangements before submitting your application.

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

Admissions Process & Key Dates Year 12 2023 entry

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 admission arrangements and follow the guidance below to support this transition.

Thursday 3rd November 2022
Open Event
Monday 7th November 2022
Application Form for Year 12 2023 opens

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

Friday 6th January 2023

Closing date for applications - 12 Noon Friday 6th January 2023

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.

Mid-March 2023

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

Summer 2023

Taster Day - Date TBC

Applicants who accept their conditional offers will be sent more information later in the year.

Thursday 24th August 2023

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; see below under 'Consideration of Applications'. 

September 2023

Induction Day for Year 12. Details to follow enrolment.

September 2023

Term starts for all students 8:40am
End of September/early October
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, 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


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


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 or German

6 in the chosen language



6 in Music



6, 6 in combined science or 6 in Physics

6, but 7 is highly recommended






Religious Studies: Philosophy & Ethics








Sports Studies

6 in GCSE PE


Consideration of Applications

BCCS will admit any students with an EHCP naming the school following the local authority SEN consultation process. 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 and no place will be confirmed until after GCSE results day (for a full definition of each category please see the Bristol Cathedral Choir School Post 16 admission arrangements 2023/24):

  1. Children in care or children who were previously in care;
  2. Sibling on roll at the date of admission;
  3. Children who are sons / daughters of serving employees of Bristol Cathedral Choir School;
  4. Random allocation to other children living in Bristol local authority postcode areas BS1 to BS16;
  5. Random allocation to other children not living in Bristol local authority postcode areas BS1 to BS16.

The Bristol local authority postcode areas are those postcodes that pay council tax to Bristol City Council, within BS1 to BS16. Please note that some postcodes in BS14, BS15 and BS16 are not in the Bristol local authority area and fall into category 5. You can use the Government's web tool to find your local authority if you are unsure.


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

Determination of 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

Supplementary Information Form (Staff)

Application for an Out of Year Group Request

For further information:

For all Sixth Form admission related queries please contact

For all other general enquiries about Sixth Form please contact