Please note, this information is currently under review in light of curriculum and GCSE grade changes and may be subject to change.
Richard Hale Sixth Form is popular with students who attended the school from Years 7-11, as well as with applicants from other schools in the area. The maximum number of places available in Year 12 is 200; the minimum number of these places open to external applicants is 50.
Our curriculum is broad and our courses are offered at Level 3 only. We offer A Levels, BTEC qualifications and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). However, we do not believe that being at school only involves gaining further qualifications. Our Sixth Form students are expected to contribute to the School and wider community (eg by leading younger students in organising House events or by working with our linked primary schools), thus developing their skills by taking a leading role in the life of the School.
We have a two year structure of study, sometimes known as linear, with examinations taken at the end of the second year. AS examinations will not usually be taken and teaching schedules will not prepare students with AS examinations in mind.
The expectation is that students will take three principle subjects for two years (our BTEC subjects are “triple” and are equivalent to three A Levels). Committed and able mathematicians may wish to add Further Mathematics as a fourth qualification. These retakes would be in addition to three main Level 3 qualifications.
Our Sixth Form is an inclusive organisation that gives students opportunities to develop as individuals, academically and socially. It has a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, in which students are expected to achieve as well as enjoy the range of facilities and opportunities open to them as senior students. We are a full-time only Sixth Form and so an applicant has to have achieved the GCSE grades to select three main Level 3 subjects if they are to join us.
Entry requirements for A Levels: Average Points Score of 5.0 over your best 8 Full Course GCSEs and English and Mathematics GCSE at Grade 5 or more. You will be required to have gained a Grade 6 in a subject, or a related subject, you wish to take at A Level. Mathematics requires a Grade 7, and Further Mathematics a Grade 8. In our professional opinion students with at least these grades at point of entry to the Sixth Form stand the best chance of success at A Level. Please see individual subject entries for further recommendations as regards entry requirements.
Entry requirements for BTEC Courses: Average Points Score of 4.5 over your best 8 Full Course GCSEs and English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or more. In our professional opinion students with at least these grades at point of entry to the Sixth Form stand the best chance of success at BTEC. Students may also opt to take an A Level subject alongside the BTEC course. Please see individual subject entries for further recommendations as regards entry requirements.
Discussions with Senior Staff are held on GCSE results day with students and their parents in order to finalise subject offers.