Who can join our Sixth Form?

All students who are motivated and keen to join the Sixth Form will usually be offered a place on an appropriate course.

If you would like to arrange an opportunity to meet with a member of the Sixth Form team to discuss your options in detail, please be sure to contact us and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

Pathway 1: A Level and BTEC courses

What are A Levels?

- Advanced level of study with greater depth and challenge
- Available as a familiar or new subject offering progression to wide range of University courses
- All A level courses run for 2 full years. 

What are BTECs?

BTEC courses in Sixth Form offer students the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for a career, continue in further education, or progress to higher education.  Alongside A levels, BTECs are the most widely-recognised qualification for admission to higher education and we have an excellent track record of results at KS5 in these courses.

Some BTEC courses are 'single' qualifications, while in some subjects students can choose a 'double'  BTEC course which would count as two qualifications/courses.  If choosing a double BTEC course, students would only need to choose one other A level or BTEC course to make up their three options.

A level and BTEC (Level 3) courses

The A level and BTEC courses on offer at SJH from September 2022 are listed below:


- Maths

- English

- Sociology

- Psychology

- Geography

- Photography

- Business (BTEC)

- Music (BTEC)

- Applied Science (BTEC)

- Sport (Single BTEC)

- Sport (Double BTEC)

- Health & Social Care (BTEC)


Students can also choose from the following range of A level and BTEC courses which run at our Post-16 partner schools. 


- Biology

- Chemistry

- Physics

- History

- Law

- Engineering

- Art & Design

- Media (BTEC)

- Spanish

- Performing Arts (BTEC)


What grades do you need?

To study A level or Level 3 BTEC courses you will need a minimum of a grade 5 in Maths and English at GCSE. Some subjects may require a level 6 in specific subjects or may have further entry requirements; please check the subject specific entry requirements with relevant teachers.   All entry requirements will be confirmed on conditional offer letters.

Pathway 2: Technical Qualifications

The Technical Pathway includes vocational courses related to a broad area of work rather than a single academic subject. Our level 2 and 3 vocational courses involve learning practical skills as well as theory. These subjects are studied in partnership with local training providers, but all students will come to Sir John Hunt Sixth Form at least once a week. Many courses do not have specific entry requirements but students are likely to require a level 4 in Maths and English at GCSE.  Attendance and conduct in ear 11 will also be taken into consideration.

As with Pathway 1, your conditional offer letter will confirm the entry requirements for your chosen courses.

Need more information or advice on courses at SJH?

If you would like to speak to a member of the Sixth Form team about options for September, please complete the contact form and we will contact you to arrange a meeting or phone call.


More information about Sixth Form courses can be found here.