Sixth Form Entry

Admissions Criteria for Entry to Sixth Form

Strabane Academy

Admissions Criteria for Entry to Sixth Form – 2020

 At Strabane Academy we expect that all students applying for admission to Sixth Form will meet the admissions criteria below which will be applied, on behalf of the Board of Governors, by the Principal in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team.

Entry to Year 13:

Academic Criteria

  1. Students wishing to take 3 AS subjects should have a minimum of 5 GCSE passes A* to C (at least one of which must be in English or Maths*).
  2. Students wishing to take 4 AS subjects should have a minimum of 7 GCSE passes A* to C (including English and Maths).
  3. For all General A Level subjects, students will be expected to have attained a Grade B or above at GCSE in the chosen subjects, or in related subjects if there is not a GCSE equivalent.For Applied AS Subjects students must have a minimum of 5 C Grades at GCSE and some subjects may require the minimum of a Grade B to study the subject at AS Level.
  4. If entry to Year 13 is oversubscribed students with the highest GCSE score will be considered in descending order – an applicant’s GCSE score being calculated on the basis of GCSE results as follows:

Grade:  A* – 5 points / A – 4 points / B – 3 points / C* – 2 points / C- 1 point

Level:   9- 5 points / 8/7- 4 points / 6 – 3 points / 5 – 2 points / 4- 1 point

  1. Students wishing to study AS Biology, Chemistry or Physics should have completed either the GCSE Triple Award with a grade B or GCSE Double Award with the grades BB (or have an average GCSE Score between 48-58). Students must also have achieved at least a grade B in their Triple / Double Award Science Units 1 and 2 for that particular subject area. This criterion will be enhanced to an A grade if a student wishes to study 2 or more AS Science subjects.
  2. Students wishing to study AS Maths, must have a B in their Further Maths GCSE and a minimum of an A in GCSE Maths.

Students who have not gained a Grade C in English or Maths are required to attend compulsory GCSE classes. This may be scheduled outside normal school hours.

Attendance Criteria  

  1. All students wishing to enter Sixth Form should have a minimum attendance rate of 95% and a good punctuality record. Students whose attendance rate falls below this level must produce medical evidence/special circumstances to explain their absences.

Behaviour Criteria

  1. All students wishing to enter Sixth Form should have a history of good behaviour. Students with significant behaviour incidents or who exceeded 10 behaviour points in the previous academic year will not be guaranteed entry to Sixth Form. Their return to study at AS level will not be granted until a meeting takes place with the Principal, Vice Principal or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Pupils must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to this meeting.

Entry to Year 14:

Results in AS examinations are important indicators of success at A2 level. Progression into

Year 14 remains at the discretion of the school and will be reviewed once the AS results are published using the following scoring system:

A – 60 points / B – 50 points / C – 40 points / D – 30 points – E – 20 points / U – 0

Pupils who achieve a total score of 120 points or less will be reviewed. Their return to study at A2 level will not be guaranteed until a meeting takes place with a member of the Senior Leadership Team and /or the Heads of Year.  Pupils must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in order to review progression into Upper Sixth. The purpose of this meeting is to determine the best way forward for the pupil. Some of the following strategies may be implemented:

  • A discussion with parents about the best way forward;
  • Regular meetings with a teacher mentor to discuss progress, analyse tracking scores and targets will be arranged;
  • A decision to leave Strabane Academy and pursue an alternative course of study.

If performance in one or more AS Level has been below the standard expected, pupils must consult with their subject teachers about the feasibility of studying the same subject(s) at A2 level. In some cases, if an AS Level subject is passed at grade D or E, pupils may be advised not to continue with that subject at A2.

A pupil’s attitude and commitment to his/her school studies and to the school community (high levels of attendance and punctuality form part of this evidence) will also be considered for entry to Year 14.



Applied Science Music #
Art PE
Biology Physics
Business Studies RE
Chemistry Technology
Cambridge Technical L3 in IT BTEC Courses
Digital Technology *Agriculture
Drama # *Applied Science
English Literature *Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Geography *Computer Games
Government & Politics # *Construction & the built environment
Health & Social Care *Engineering
History *Hospitality
Maths *Media- Games Development
Moving Image Arts # *Media- TV/Film
*Sport & Exercise Science
# delivered by Holy Cross College * BTEC courses delivered by NW/ SW College.

 (Class until 5pm on selected days) Pupils can choose up to two of these courses.

NB: Some courses may not run if uptake is low

External Student Applications:

Strabane Academy welcomes applications for entry into Sixth Form from students from other schools if:

  1. They are able to fulfil the admissions criteria;
  2. Appropriate places are available within the school’s admission numbers and/or places are available in AS subject choices.