Sixth Form Application Process

All of the information you need in order to apply for the Sixth Form can be found under this section of the website.

The information for all subjects has been updated for courses starting in September 2019.

Timeline for the Sixth Form Application Process 2018/19:

24 January 2019:
Sixth Form Information Evening
There is an introductory talk about the Sixth Form followed by subject information sessions. Application forms become available.
February onwards:
Sixth Form Discussions
Once students have submitted their application form, they will have a meeting with a member of the senior staff for advice regarding entry to the Sixth Form.  Students will then receive a conditional offer of a place and/or will be referred for further careers advice if deemed necessary.
Open Morning for External Applicants
An opportunity for external students to find out more about the Sixth Form and discuss their application with a senior member of staff.  Students will then receive a conditional offer of a place.
25 - 27 June 2019:
Sixth Form Induction Programme
This is a three-day programme, which includes information about Sixth Form life, taster A Level sessions, the setting of preparatory work and an introduction to Higher Education, including a visit to a university.
GCSE Results
Staff will be available on this day to provide further information and advice prior to the finalising of students’ Sixth Form course choices.

Students in the Sixth Form will typically take 3 A Level subjects and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ is highly valued by Universities and employers and is equivalent to half of an A Level. These are two year linear courses with examinations only at the end of Year 13.

Particularly able students who wish to take four full A Levels will have their requests considered on an individual basis. Typically this will be for students opting for Further Mathematics. They will have to meet a higher entry requirement and demonstrate a particular talent in one or more subject areas as well as the potential to cope with the additional workload.

Students need to think carefully about their subject choices and be absolutely certain about the nature of the subjects they intend to take and the expectations that will be placed upon them before starting their Sixth Form career. We advise students to talk to the staff who teach the A Level courses before making any course decisions.

Students must ensure that their course choices match the requirements of any Higher Education courses or eventual careers that they are interested in. For students wishing to apply for certain courses, e.g. Medicine, Veterinary Science, Law and for prestigious universities e.g. Russell Group, it is advisable to check your subject choice against the list of facilitating subjects.

The following links are useful in making decisions about option choices:

Informed Choices PDF [The section on making your Post-16 choices] Informed Choices Booklet

Cambridge Application Process

Oxford Entrance Requirements

From September 2019, the courses we plan to offer are:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design Engineering
  • Drama
  • English Language & Literature
  • English Literature
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Government & Politics
  • Graphic Communication
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

In applying for the Sixth Form students will have to complete an application form and choose subjects from a set of option blocks. With the creation of any option block system there will always be some combinations of subjects that are not possible. Once all of the forms are returned we will look at whether there is sufficient demand for particular combinations that currently do not fit into the blocks. At this point we will look to see if movements within the blocks are possible or if we are able to introduce additional classes.

We will do the best we can to try and ensure we satisfy as many students as possible but we cannot guarantee that we can make any particular subject combination work. In addition courses that do not attract sufficient students may not run.

Sometimes students who join the Sixth Form do not have English Language GCSE or Mathematics GCSE at grade 4. These students are expected to work towards retaking these examinations. The school will make arrangements to provide support for these students and will enter them for their resit in an appropriate examination series.

Following submission of application forms, existing William Farr students will be invited to discuss their application and subject choice with a senior member of staff. External applicants will be invited to attend an open morning where they also have the opportunity to find out more about the school and discuss their application.

Application Forms

The Application Forms will become available the week of the Sixth Form Information Evening in January.

For existing William Farr students your Sixth Form application will be pre-populated with your mock exam results so the document included here is an example for you to look at rather than complete:

Internal Application

External applicants need to download the external application form and send in to the school:

External Application

Following the submission of forms by 1 March 2019 deadline, we have made amendments to the blocks. These blocks supersede those on the original application form. There will be no further changes to the blocks and it is expected that all of the following courses will run. Final version of Option Blocks


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