Sixth Form Information


Abbey College – 2016

Applications for Admissions to Year 12 (Sixth Form) should be sent directly to the College.

Entry requirements

The College offers in the Sixth Form:

  • Level 3 (AS and A2 levels)
  • Level 3 BTEC qualifications

Level 3 Courses

The minimum requirement to follow a level 3 course is 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English.  These must be gained from single or double award courses in at least four subjects.

Please note that these are minimum requirements.  For most level 3 subjects on offer, a grade C in Maths is preferred to support students’ future success and some subjects have specific entry requirements, for example Maths and Biology require Grade B at GCSE.  Please refer to the prospectus.

Admission number

The Year 12 cohort is expected to be between110 and 160, and there will be no minimum number of external candidates to be admitted. Please note that admission to the College is not the same as admission onto individual courses, which may be full, or fail to attract sufficient numbers.  In such cases, applicants will be advised of alternative provision.

Entry will not be determined by a formal interview, but an informal guidance meeting may be held to advise students on appropriate course selections. However, a written/verbal reference may be sought from an applicants’ current school as to the suitability of the course or level being considered.

Those who have a statement of special educational needs which names the school will be admitted. Where required the oversubscription criteria below will be applied. Priority will be given in the following order:

  • Students in care, also looked after students (LAC), and students who were looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a resident order or special guardianship order
  • Students with a sibling at the school at the time of admission
  • Students in a Cambridgeshire school without Years 12 & 13
  • Students in a Cambridgeshire school not offering the courses requested
  • Students in any school without Years 12 & 13
  • Students in any school not offering the courses requested

Oversubscription in a category

Priority will be given to students living nearest the school as measured by a straight line. The distance, for admissions purposes, is measured using the straight line distance from the reference point of the home, as defined by Ordnance Survey(OS) AddressBase Premium ™, to the main pupil entrance to the school. These distances can be produced by the LA Admissions team for the school. For families who live outside the area covered by the Cambridgeshire mapping system, distances are determined using a combination of local maps and on-line resources.

Parents and students have a right to appeal against any decision refusing a 6th Form place in a school with a 6th Form. Appeals must be heard by an independent panel within 40 school days of the appeal being lodged.