Sixth Form Entry

The following entry procedure is for those considering joining the College Sixth Form from another school.

If you have further questions, not already answered in the sections below please contact or telephone 01279 838604.


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"Since joining the College I have grown in confidence. When I started in Lower Sixth, I was shy and reserved. Now, leaving the Upper Sixth I am outgoing and confident. I believe that moving from a state school to Bishop's Stortford College has significantly impacted this." Sixth Form Leaver


Step 1 Initial enquiry and visiting

In addition to exploring this website, you will, of course, want to visit Bishop’s Stortford College as you consider whether we are the right school for you. Depending on your own preference and the time of year, you can arrange an individual appointment by contacting our Senior School Admissions Officer and/or attend one of our Open Events held in September and October.

Tel: 01279 838604

Step 2 Application

Having visited the College and decided that you would like to apply for a place, there are two application forms to be completed:

  • The College Application Form – to be completed by parents;
  • The Sixth Form Entry Form – to be completed by students and parents.
  • Both forms can be accessed through our admissions portal here.

For information about International Student Admissions, further reading can be found here.

The deadline for submission of the Application Form and Sixth Form Entry Form is 23rd October 2022.

For details about the procedure and timing for applying for a Scholarship Award, please click here to access the relevant scholarship information leaflet. Interest in Academic, Art, Music or Sport scholarships should be indicated on the Sixth Form Entry Form. Details of our Elite Sports Programme can be found here.

The deadline to apply for a Financial Assistance Award is the same as for applying for a place. However, an application for Financial Assistance should be submitted to the Bursar - please ensure you check the appropriate box on the application form and the Bursary will be in touch.

The College Application Form can be submitted in advance of the necessary financial information being collated in order to complete the financial assistance application.

Step 3 Assessment


UK applicants - Entry Testing Day for 2023 entry: Saturday 5th November 2022 start: 8:30am
Online standardised testing, submission of a recent piece of work (marked/verified by the class teacher) and completion of a paper in one of the A Level subjects chosen. 

International applicants  - November/December prior to entry:
Chosen subjects and Proficiency in English as a Second Language

Applicants are considered after the above timings if places are available.

ii) SCHOOL REPORT/REFERENCE from current school.


Entry Requirements

Entry to the Sixth Form will normally be conditional on the achievement of:

  • a minimum of either 7 grade 6 GCSEs or 3 grade 7s and 3 grade 6 GCSEs;
  • at least a 6 grade in the GCSE subject (or equivalent) for each A Level;
  • If Maths or a Science is chosen, a minimum grade 7 in Maths is required. 
  • a good disciplinary and attendance record.

Special aptitudes: Art, Music and Sport are very strong at Bishop’s Stortford College. A special aptitude in any of these areas will be taken into consideration, but will not replace the academic requirements for entry. Details of our Elite Sports Programme can be found here.

Step 4 Offer of a place

Places will be offered after 2nd December 2022 and will be conditional upon gaining a minimum of either 7 grade 6 GCSES or 3 grade 7s and 3 grade 6s.* Any conditions will be made explicit at the time of offer. All offers are subject to a satisfactory school reference.

*Please see our A Level Subject Guide for specific subject entry requirements. 

Step 5 Acceptance of a place

An Acceptance Form, which accompanies the offer letter, is then completed and returned to us via our online Admissions portal, together with the Acceptance Fee by 11th January 2023.

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