Applying for a Place

Applications for Sixth Form are open following our sixth form open evening in the Autumn term (October). 

The deadline for September entry closes in January each year. However we still consider late applications. Students will need to achieve a specific grade for some courses.

Entry requirements

Courses offered at North Oxfordshire Academy (NOA) Sixth Form require students to achieve a minimum of five 9-4 in their GCSEs including English and Maths. Students wishing to pursue vocational courses (BTEC and OCR) also require a minimum of a Merit grade in that subject at level 2.

To study at A Level:

  • You will need 5 GCSE’s Grade 5 or above including English and Maths
  • Students will need to achieve specific grade for some courses (see table below)
  • Those who do not achieve this may still be offered a place but their choice of courses may be limited
  • Students who do not achieve a 4 grade in English or Maths GCSE are unlikely to be accepted but may be considered if they gain good grades in other subjects. Where this is the case, they will be required to retake these subjects during Year 12

Specific course entry requirements

Subject Grade Required
Maths Grade 7 in GCSE Maths
Further Maths Grade 9 in GCSE Maths
Biology, Physics and Chemistry Grade 7 in STEM subject at GCSE OR Grade 7 in double science
Physics Grade 6 or Maths
Grade 7 in Physics
Spanish Grade 6 in Spanish
Psychology Grade 6 or above in GCSE Science and Maths
Health and Social Care / Sport / Food Science Grade 5 in Science (double or triple)

Please note: Students looking to apply for Engineering (double), Biology, Chemistry and Physics who are not already studying A Level Maths will be required to pick up Core Maths.

Application process

Applications will be made available online through the sixth form website but can also be made via post or email. Once we have received your application, a member of the sixth form team will be in touch to arrange an interview. At the interview, we will discuss our courses and pathways available with some guidance given on subjects for university courses and apprenticeships. It is important that parents are part of this discussion, so we ask parents to attend all sixth form interviews.

Following the interview, we will make a personalised conditional offer and students will be required to attend a sixth form induction day in June.

Students will need to obtain the results outlined in their offer - students can accept their place on GCSE results day in August as long as they have met their conditional offer. Where a student may not have fully met their offer, we may still be able to offer them a place but there will need to be some adjustments made to the courses they wish to study. Once a student has accepted their place, they will start in September.

External Applications

We welcome applications from students who attend other schools and are delighted we are your first choice of sixth form for your next pathway. All external applications require a reference from a Head of Year or Pastoral Leader from their current school and their details will need to be given on the initial application.