How to Apply

The transition at 16 from GCSE courses to A levels is a very important step in your educational career and we see the process as a guided step, where we offer information, advice and guidance with your further destination in mind. We adopt the same process whether you are a student moving on from our own Year 11, or if you are an applicant from another school or college.

There is a pupil admission number (PAN) for the Sixth Form of 160 for Year 12 and the criteria for allocating in the event of oversubscription is covered in the school admission policy here.

The entry requirement for advanced level study is: grade 4 and 5 across English and mathematics*. At least three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Entry requirements into the Sixth Form and specific courses are non-negotiable. *This means if you achieve a grade 4 in English you need to achieve a grade 5 in mathematics; if you achieve a grade 4 in mathematics you need to achieve a grade 5 in English.

This is very much a baseline qualification and many subjects strongly recommend or require higher grades if you wish to take their subject at advanced level: see the subject requirements table and subject descriptions in the prospectus. It is preferred for any student wishing to pursue advanced level courses to have at least a grade 5 in both English and mathematics: these are an indicator that you will be able to deal with the literacy and numeracy demands of all A levels. This is the minimum requirement for applicants from other academies, schools and colleges.

Applications for the Sixth Form are open until 9th February, please contact Kate Mawdsley for further information on how to apply or if you have any queries at

Once we have received your application, we will invite you and your parent/guardian(s) for a meeting to discuss the process and implications of joining the Sixth Form.  This year, we anticipate that discussions for applicants from other schools will be held in person and we will combine these with a tour of the school.  

Year 12 induction day will be held on Tuesday, 2nd July 2024.  Final places are allocated once all entry requirements have been met in accordance with the school admission policy following the GCSE results day.

Important staff in this process:

Miss Sophie French, Head of Sixth Form, who manages the application process, along with the two Sixth Form Year Heads: Dr Tony Foody and Mr Mark Stanton.

Mrs Carol McIntosh, Sixth Form Learning Supervisor, who looks after the administration of applications from students already at Keswick School.

Ms Katie Mawdsley, Sixth Form Learning Supervisor, who looks after the administration of applications from students who apply from other schools and colleges.

Applying to the Sixth Form

Keswick School Subjects 2024

Sixth Form Prospectus

Option Blocks 2024

Get in touch.

Vicarage Hill
CA12 5QB

017687 72605