Queen Elizabeth School

Applying for Sixth Form


QES has a thriving Sixth Form. Every year the majority of our Year 11 stay on and we also welcome many students from other schools.

All students have an interview to discuss your courses and details from your application. If you are applying from another school, will will also contact your current school for a reference.

Our Sixth Form Open Evening would normally be held in in early January but due to current social distancing requirements plans have been put on hold. This year we plan to post information and video clips on our website.

For information on QEStudio Sixth Form, click here.

A Level Choices

At present it is very likely that you are studying close to 10 subjects. The challenge you face is how to make well-informed choices to narrow those down to the ones you’ll study in Year 12. The key word here is research, but to help you make this important decision here are some top tips:

Good reasons for choosing options:

  • you enjoy the subject
  • you have researched the entry requirements for future study/career
  • you are capable of achieving in the subject (or a related subject) at GCSE
  • your selection of options allows for breadth
  • your selection of options draw on your strengths in terms of assessment
  • you have read the course details and spoken to relevant staff and it appeals to you
  • you will gain the ‘preferred ‘ GCSE grades cited in the Entry Guidelines on our website

Poor reasons for choosing options:

  • your friends are doing it
  • you think it is easy
  • you think it is harder
  • you have out of date/incorrect advice for entrance requirements at university (in other words, you have not checked this yourself)
  • other people think you should take it

Of course, at this stage you apply indicating your reasons for your subject choices, but this will lead to an interview in which your motivations and suitability will be discussed. One to one support and guidance about your option choices is available, so please don’t feel as though this challenge is one you need to face alone.

Key Dates & Information

Wednesday 3rd February
Deadline for applications

Monday 8th February
Interview of QES applicants begin in school. External applicants will be interviewed over Microsoft Teams.

Conditional Offer letters sent out

Friday 27th August
GCSE Results Day

Thursday 2nd September
Autumn term starts for Year 12

Entry Requirements

We require students to achieve 5 grade 5’s at GCSE (including Maths and English) to access the A level curriculum but individual subjects have entry requirements too. Click here to find the updated entry requirements for those subjects.

Option Blocks

Option Blocks will be confirmed after interviews and are subject to demand and staffing. If your options will not fit at this stage, or if a subject will not run, you may need to reconsider your curriculum.

If you change your mind from these options it is vital that you contact Mr Rushton.

Application Form

Please complete the application form by Wednesday 3 February.

Please contact j.woodburn@qes.org.uk if you have any queries.

Acknowledge & Close

Year 6 Open Evenings

We will be holding Open Evenings on the following dates:
  • Thursday 16th September
  • Wednesday 22nd September

For further information please click here