Sixth Form

The school aims to develop and maintain a thriving and successful sixth form community based on high expectations, where high standards and high levels of achievement are the norm in academic study and in all aspects of sixth form life.

Year 12 Study Leave letter 2017

Brochure Information 2017

Open Evening – Tuesday 15th November 2016 – 5.30pm till 8.00pm

All students and their families are invited to attend to gather information on all aspects of sixth form provision and to attend presentations from academic departments.

For further information about the proposed curriculum choices and structure for September 2016, please see Student Pathways
Minimum Entry Requirements – For entry September 2017

The minimum requirements for entry into Aston’s Sixth Form are:

  • Minimum seven A* to C grades, including at least B grades in English and Mathematics. At least three passes must be at A* or A grade
  • In order to study a subject at Alevel a student must have achieved at least an A grade at GCSE in that subject
  • In subjects only offered at AS and A level – Government and Politics, Psychology and Economics – the department will select the most appropriate GCSE subject in which the student will be expected to achieve an A grade. This information will be published in each department’s entry in the Sixth Form Prospectus

Aston’s Year 11 students will have a ‘Transition Interview’ with a senior member of staff in the spring term to discuss their post 16 education. The vast majority of Aston’s year 11 students will progress to our sixth form.

External Applications – Applications can be submitted from November 2017

The school admits 45 to 50 external students to the sixth form each September. We welcome applications from ambitious students from the Birmingham area and beyond. Financial assistance may be available for students currently studying at schools in the North West area of Birmingham.

All external students applying for a place in the sixth form must fill in the schools application form. Download here: 6thform – Application form – 2017            CLOSING DATE: Friday3rd Feburary 2017

APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED USING UCAS PROGRESS.

Progression from Year 12 to year 13

To progress into Year 13 students must gain at least a “C” grade at A/S Level by the end of Year 12 in each of the three subjects that they wish to study as full A-Level subjects.

Students not achieving three “C” grades will be interviewed by the Head of Sixth Form, or the Headmaster or Deputy Headteacher following the publication of the A/S Level results. This will take place before the start of the new school year.

Unless there are mitigating circumstances, it is unlikely that students will be allowed to progress into Year 13 with an A/S grade of less than a “C” in more than one of the three subjects that they wish to study in Year 13.

A Level Subjects

The following A level subjects are on offer:
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, History, I.C.T., Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology and Spanish.

Subjects will only run from September 2016 if they are selected by eight or more students.

Students will also have the option of undertaking an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Dress Code

In line with the expectation of high standards, students are required to wear a dark ‘business’ suit, a shirt suitable for wearing with a suit, and polished shoes. A sixth form tie will be purchased from the school on induction.

Extra Curricular Activities 

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the school’s extensive programme of enrichment activities. Sport, Music and Drama are all of a very high standard and these, along with a great number of other clubs, societies and activities, provide our students with a wide range of opportunities to develop their interest and aptitudes outside the classroom. There is also a wide ranging programme of community and charity activities in which sixth form students are encouraged to play a leading role.

The Sixth Form Guidance System

The school aims to encourage the academic, personal and social development of each individual student, to foster positive attitudes and values, to develop a sense of community and responsibility and to support each student throughout his time in the Sixth Form.

The main elements of the Guidance System are:

  • The Induction Programme
  • Academic target setting, monitoring and reporting
  • The Pastoral Programme
  • Careers and Higher Education guidance
  • The Enrichment Programme