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.

Sixth Form Prospectus 2018 entry

Open Evening – Tuesday 14th November 2017 – 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 2018, please see Pathways 2018
Minimum Entry Requirements – For entry September 2018

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

  • Minimum seven passes at grades 5-9, including at least grades 6 in English and Mathematics.
  • In order to study a subject at A-level a student must have achieved at least a grade 7 at GCSE in that subject
  • In order to study further Mathematics, a student must have achieved at least a grade 8 in Mathematics at GCSE level

Aston’s Year 11 students may 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.

GCSE results day – Thursday 23rd August 2018

Existing King Edward Aston students (former year 11) must come in at 9am to confirm their place in the Sixth Form and the A-Levels they will study.

New entrants to the Sixth Form (those with conditional places) must arrive at 12pm to confirm their place in the Sixth Form and the A-Levels they will study.

New students wishing to join the Sixth Form but without a place, may be able to take up any available spaces if they have met the grade requirements. Enrolments will be between 1-3pm and applicants must have paper copies of their GCSE results. We will also be available on Friday 24th August, from 10am until 1pm, for further enrolment.

Sixth Form staff will be based in the main school hall.

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-for 2018 entry            
CLOSING DATE: Friday 2nd February 2018


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 will be on offer in 2018:
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Drama and Theatre, Design Technology, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, History, I.C.T., Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology and PE.

Subjects will only run if they are selected by eight or more students and may run in collaboration with partner schools depending on uptake.

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