Wilson's School

Sixth Form Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria for September 2024 entry

All boys in the current Year 11 at Wilson’s School who meet the normal academic entry criteria will continue into the Sixth Form, if they wish1.

The Sixth Form Prospectus for September 2024 entry can be downloaded here.

Entry criteria for September 2025 entry.

Wilson’s School welcomes applications from boys from other schools who are moving from Year 11 into Year 12 and have a date of birth from 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008. However the School does not guarantee a minimum number of places for external applicants. If places are available once all internal candidates who have met the entry criteria are admitted, they will be offered to external applicants who have met the entry criteria in rank order of total GCSE points score calculated in accordance with the provisions below. External candidates are not accepted into Year 13.

In the event that external candidates have the same rank order of total points score, the application will be determined by a random ballot supervised by an independent person.

Offers for places in the Sixth Form will be made on the basis of the total points score at GCSE (full course only) achieved in Mathematics, the highest English grade (Language or Literature) and the best six results from the remaining subjects listed below.

English Language; English Literature; Mathematics; separate sciences (namely Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or Combined Science (Science and Additional Science); French; German; Spanish; (other Modern Foreign Languages will only be considered if they form part of the standard curriculum at the candidate’s current school); History; Geography; Business Studies or Economics; Art; Design and Technology; Music; Latin; Classics; Religious Studies; PE.

An A or B at AS level in any of the above subjects will be counted as 9 points. Subjects or qualifications not listed are not accepted. Only one qualification for each of the subjects listed above is taken into consideration.

The same normal entry requirements for both internal and external candidates are:

  • a candidate must achieve a total grade points score of at least 58 using the points score calculation described above;
  • a candidate must achieve a grade 6 or above in English (Language or Literature) and Mathematics;
  • a candidate must achieve at least grade 7 in the subjects he wishes to study;

where there are special entry requirements to specific courses as set out in the table below, these entry requirements must be met to study the subject.

1 Examination board reviews can bring about a change of grade in individual subjects. If a Wilson’s student does not achieve the entry requirements on results day, but subsequently meets the standard, he will be admitted up to and including the last day of the second full week of term.

Right of Appeal
Parents/carers, and in the case of the entry to the Sixth Form the pupil, have a statutory right of appeal against a decision to refuse a place for which a valid application has been made.

Grade Points Counted?
Mathematics 7 7 Yes
English Language 6 6
English Literature 8 8 Yes
Biology 8 8 Yes
Chemistry 9 9 Yes
Physics 8 8 Yes
German 9 9 Yes
DT 6 6
Business 7 7 Yes
History 7 7 Yes

This candidate achieves a total points score of: 63

Places will be offered subject to availability on the candidate’s chosen courses.

Subject Grade 7 or above required in this subject at GCSE? Special Entry Requirements above and beyond the grade 7 at GCSE?
Art Yes Where Art has not been taken at GCSE, a portfolio of evidence of suitable range of skills will be considered
English Literature Yes A minimum grade 7 in English Language or English Literature
French Yes Not applicable
Further Mathematics Yes Grade 8 is required
Geography Yes Not applicable
German Yes Not applicable
Latin Yes Not applicable
Mathematics Yes Grade 8 is required
Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) Yes If Combined Science has been taken at GCSE, a grade 7 is required in the specific subject to be studied (e.g. Biology). This is a distinct requirement from achieving a minimum grade 7 overall.
Spanish Yes Not applicable
Special Entry Requirements?
Classical Civilisation No A grade 7 or above in any English Language or English Literature or History required.
Computing Yes If Computing has been taken at GCSE, then at least a 8 must be achieved to study A level Computing. If Computing has not been studied at GCSE, then at least a grade 8 in Mathematics is required to study Computing at A level.
DT No* At least a B must be achieved at AS for those who have studied this course. Students who have not studied the subject at GCSE / AS will need to present a portfolio of their work to be considered. *For external applicants who have studied GCSE in Resistant Materials, Product Design and/or Systems and Control, at least a grade 8 is required.
Economics No If Business has been taken at GCSE, then a 7 must be achieved to study A Level Economics. If Business has not been taken at GCSE, then at least a grade 7 in both Mathematics and English (Language or Literature) are required to study A Level Economics.
Government & Politics No At least a grade 7 in English Language, English Literature, History or Geography.
History No At least a grade 7 in History or at least a grade 7 in English Language or Literature if History has not been taken.
Music No Demonstrate theory knowledge at Grade 5 level alongside regular and on-going professional instrumental/vocal tuition. Where Music has been studied at GCSE, at least a 7 and on-going professional instrumental/vocal lessons.
Philosophy No At least a grade 7 in any Religious Studies, English Language, English Literature or History is required.

NB: Courses offered and entry requirements can be subject to change.

Sixth Form Admission Criteria
Sixth Form Admission Criteria
Sixth Form Admission Criteria
Sixth Form Admission Criteria