Queen Elizabeth School

Applying for Sixth Form


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

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

Our Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Thursday 11 January 2024 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Subject 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 or equivalent
  • 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 ‘ 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  • you have out of date/incorrect advice for entrance requirements at university (in other words, you have not checked this yourself)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

Friday 2nd February, Deadline for applications

Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th March, Welcome Mornings – external applicants are invited into school for their interview and to see the school during the school day.

26th – 28th April, interviews held in school for internal applicants.

Conditional Offer letters sent out

Monday 1st July, Curriculum Day – Students who have received an offer of a place are invited for taster lessons and to meet the Sixth Form team and subject staff.

Thursday 22nd August, GCSE Results Day and QESixth Enrolment day

Wednesday 4th September, Autumn term starts for Year 12

Entry Guidelines

We require students to achieve 5 grade 5’s at GCSE or equivalent (including Maths and English) to access the curriculum but individual subjects have entry guidelines too. Click here to find the updated entry guidelines 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.

Application Form

The application for for QESixth for September 2024 will go live on the Sixth Form Open evening on Thursday 11th January.

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

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