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Admissions Criteria

Who can join the Sixth Form?

For September 2019 Entry:

The Sixth Form at St Martin’s School is open to all young people who wish to study full-time for advanced level courses or BTEC qualifications and who meet both the general entry requirements for admission into the Sixth Form and the subject specific criteria for all of the courses they wish to follow.

The entry requirements for joining the Sixth Form at St Martin’s School in September 2019 are that students follow one of three pathways:

Route 1

3 A levels with EPQ. 

Requirements: Five 9-5 grades at GCSE plus English 4 and Maths 4; plus individual subject requires a 6, Maths requires 7, Further Maths requires 8

Route 2

A combination of A levels and at least one BTEC Extended Certificates with EPQ

Requirements: Five 9- 4 grades at GCSE plus English 4 and Maths 4

Route 3

1 or 2 BTEC subjects with relevant work experience

Requirements: Five 9- 4 grades at GCSEplus English 4 and Maths 4, plus individual BTEC subject requirements

A grade 6 is required in the subject to be taken at A level unless otherwise stated on the subject pages in the prospectus.

Sixth Form study can now be thought of as mainly consisting of two-year courses (linear) rather than an AS and A2 year.   Progression into Year 13 following Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) is not automatic and students are normally expected to attain at least D grades for transfer to be guaranteed.

A Levels from September 2016: 

New A Levels will be linear so assessment of a student's knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of the two years.  There will no longer be the opportunity to take an AS level at the end of the first year as these will not count towards the actual A Level. 

St Martin's School have made the decision to encourage students to choose three A Levels (from September 2015), making an informed and confident decision that they will be willing to study these three subjects throughout the whole two years.  Students will also complete an Extended Project Qualification which will contribute to their UCAS points.  The only exception is for those students opting to take Maths and Further Maths - these students will be able to choose two additional subjects alongside these.

If you have any questions about admissions into the Sixth Form at St Martin’s School please contact:

Mrs Howells - Head of Sixth Form
showells@st-martins.essex.sch.uk

Advice and Guidance meetings 

For all who applied before the 1 February 2019 deadline there will be three Advice & Guidance sessions held after school where applicants can speak with a member of the Sixth Form team about their subject choices if they wish to change and are unsure which combination would best fit their future plans or learning style. 

Parents are welcome to attend with the applicant if they wish. 

Please note, however, that these sessions are not opportunities to speak with subject teachers.  

The dates for these sessions will be released in January 2019. 

Applicants will be seen on a first-come first-served basis – no appointments necessary, however it would be appreciated if you can email the sixth form office in advance sixthform@st-martins.essex.sch.uk so we can have your paperwork ready.