Studying With Us

Sixth form 2

We offer students joining our Sixth Form an educational experience which  is second to none: in addition to our proven track record of academic success, we offer outstanding pastoral support and a vast array of extracurricular opportunities for our students.  Our curriculum is flexible and broad, offering in excess of 30 A Level and BTEC choices;  we offer high-quality teaching by experienced teachers who will expect students to take a great deal of responsibility for their own learning. In return, we ask that students display a high level of commitment to their studies and make an active contribution to the school community.

We pride ourselves on the quality of support we offer when preparing students for the next stage of their lives.  The support and guidance offered to students through the UCAS process means that students have a high level of success in securing a place at their chosen university:  typically, 90% of students meet the conditions for entry to their first choice university.  We offer further, tailored support for students applying for courses at competitive universities enabling students to be successful in obtaining places at Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, the LSE and other leading universities.  We also offer guidance to students seeking employment or apprenticeships, helping them to prepare CVs and offering practical advice and support on applying for jobs and the interview process.

Fundamental to the success of the Sixth Form is the fact that students study courses they both enjoy and are successful in.  We work hard with all of our students to match their interests, qualifications and career aspirations with appropriate A Level and/or BTEC/CTEC courses that will help them to progress towards their next step, whether that is university, an apprenticeship or employment.

Prospective students are invited to attend our Sixth Form Open Evening which is held in November each year.  Subsequently, there are opportunities to visit the school to meet current students and staff.  Alternatively, please contact us to arrange an initial meeting.

Once students have applied to join the Sixth Form, the applications are assessed on an individual basis and applicants meeting our entry criteria are offered a place during the Easter term.  For details of our Sixth Form Admissions Policy and for Application Forms, please see the Sixth Form Area in the Admission section of our website.

Entry Requirements

 For specific subject specific entry requirements please see below 

Sixth Form Course Information Booklet 2021-2022

The A Level Route

In order to enrol on the A level route, we require you to get a best 8 APS of 5.5+, including grade 5 in GCSE English & Maths. If you have studied a subject at GCSE and wish to study it at A Level, a minimum of a grade 5 pass is required.

The Vocational Route

In order to study BTEC/CTEC courses, a best 8 APS of 4+, including grade 4 in GCSE English & Maths. You must also meet any specific entry requirements for individual courses.

Induction Week

Every year we hold The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School Sixth Form Induction Week.  This allows all students who have been offered a place to experience three days at the school as a Sixth Form student.

The aim of the highly successful induction course is to help students learn, in greater detail, about life in our Sixth Form and help them to make an informed choice about their post-16 education.  It will help to ease the transition to the independent style of Sixth Form life and study.  In addition, the course gives the school the opportunity to welcome into our community students joining school for their Sixth Form studies.

Subjects Available to Study 2020/2021

View our Sixth Form Prospectus 

We intend to offer the following A Level courses in September 2020-2021

Art and Design Biology
Business Studies Chemistry
Computing Dance
Drama and Theatre Studies Economics
English Literature English Literature/Language
Film Studies French
Further Mathematics Geography
German History
Mathematical Studies (Level 3 Certificate)  Mathematics
Maths Studies Music
Religious Studies Physical Education
Physics Politics
Product Design Psychology
Sociology Spanish


BTEC/CTEC Courses are practical, work-related courses. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic situations and demands. You focus on a particular area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge. BTEC/CTEC courses are available in the following subjects:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma 
(Worth 3 A Levels)

  • Production Arts

BTEC Level 3 Diploma 
(Worth 2 A Levels)

  • Art & Design
  • Production Arts
  • Science
  • Sport

You will usually only take one A Level, or a BTEC Extended Certificate, alongside the Level 3 Diploma. 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate 
(Worth 1 A Level)

  • Production Arts (Costume)
  • Sport
  • Music
  • Music Technology

CTEC Level 3 Diploma
(Worth 2 A Levels)

  • Health & Social Care
  • Business

CTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Introductory Diploma
(Worth 1 A Level)

  • IT
  • Health & Social Care

GCSE Courses

This is to provide you with a chance to improve your GCSE results. Depending on how well you did in Year 11, you can take them with a BTEC course or Science courses.

  • English
  • Mathematics