Entry Requirements

Students will meet our minimum academic entry requirements, in addition to the subject specific requirements for their chosen courses.

Minimum academic entry requirements:

  • A minimum of 5 grade 6s at GCSE, including 6s in English and maths
  • If a Level 2 vocational course has been studied as a GCSE alternative, a level 2 Merit will be required.
  • A maximum of two level 2 vocational courses will be considered as part of our offer.

Subject specific entry requirements:
These will vary by subject, and will be published in our prospectus and on our website.

Entry requirements will be the same for internal and external applicants as per the Schools Admissions Code. We will offer all students with an EHCP who meet our minimum entry requirements and those for their chosen courses a place at Chesterton Sixth Form.

Subject Choices

It is expected that most students at Chesterton Sixth Form will study three A-Level subjects. They will be able to take the Extended Project Qualification and/or Core Maths alongside this is appropriate. The opportunity to study four A-Level subjects will be offered to some particularly well-qualified applicants, currently defined as students who have achieved at least an average grade 7 across their best seven GCSE subjects.

Contextual Offers

We will use contextual offers, at the discretion of the centre, where disadvantaged students* will be considered for a place at Chesterton Sixth Form with an academic profile of predicted grades that do not yet meet the standard entry requirements for their chosen courses, but where there is demonstrated high potential. Students taking up a contextual offer will have access to additional support to make accelerated progress with a focus on subject areas relevant to their chosen A-Level courses.

Disadvantaged students will also be prioritised in the event of oversubscription, as outlined below.

* Disadvantaged students includes those in receipt of Pupil Premium funding in year 11, those in receipt of free school meals at any time in the six years prior to applying to Chesterton Sixth Form, looked after children and previously looked after children.

Cohort Size

We expect to be able to offer places to 100 students in each year 12 cohort. Priority will be given, as below, to students who meet the minimum entry requirements and are applying from secondary schools within the Eastern Learning Alliance.

Oversubscription criteria

In the case of oversubscription of applicants meeting the published academic entry requirements, the following admissions criteria will be used:

  • Looked after children (LAC) and previously looked after children.
  • Students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding in year 11.
  • Students who attend an Eastern Learning Alliance secondary school at the time of application.
  • Students who attend Cambridge Area Partnership schools or who live in the Local Authority defined areas served by these schools at the time of application Cambridge Partnership 14-19.
  • Students who apply from outside the CAP.

Oversubscription within a category

Priority will be given to students living nearest to Chesterton Sixth Form, as measured by a straight line. The distance, for admissions purposes, is measured using the straight-line distance from the centre point of the student’s main home address to the centre point of the school campus. Where it is not possible to determine priority on the basis of distance, the tie break will be determined by way of a random allocation process overseen by an individual independent of the Trust.

Cambridge Area Partnership Schools

  • Bassingbourn Village College
  • Bottisham Village College
  • Cambourne Village College
  • Chesterton Community College
  • City of Ely Community College
  • Coleridge Community College
  • Comberton Village College
  • Cottenham Village College
  • Impington Village College
  • Linton Village College
  • Melbourn Village College
  • North Cambridge Academy
  • Parkside Community College
  • Sawston Village College
  • Soham Village College
  • St Bedes School
  • Swavesey Village College
  • The Netherhall School
  • Trumpington Community College
  • Witchford Village College

You can find our Admission Policy in the main College Policy Bank

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