Sixth Form Admissions

Admissions Procedure & Key Dates

Each year, we welcome new students to join King Edward’s in the Lower Sixth for their A Levels.

We offer a range of 27 subjects, all academically rigorous, and all taught in small groups of around eight students by specialist teaching staff.

Every year, we host our annual Sixth Form Information Evening in October, after this, applicants are able to submit their application to us. In March, senior members of staff and subject specialists will interview prospective candidates.  As a result of these interviews, and on the basis of a candidate’s predicted GCSE results, either a conditional or unconditional offer of a place may be made.

A limited number of bursaries are available and these are dependent on individual family financial circumstances.  There are also some non-means tested scholarships for students from the maintained sector, who plan to study Chemistry or Biology.

We do hope you can join us at our Sixth Form Information Evening and additionally invite you to visit us as a family for a tour and we would be delighted to arrange a personalised taster morning for your child when they are in Year 11. The taster morning will involve sitting in on four A Level lessons and your child would be very welcome to stay for lunch. We also hold a Sixth Form tea in the Autumn Term which is an informal opportunity to meet current students and look around the school.

Entry Grade Requirements

We normally require 6 x Grade 6s at GCSE, including the subjects you wish to study at A Level (if you are already studying them at GCSE level).  

Additionally, if you wish to study any of the following subjects at A Level, we will require a Grade 7 in that subject:

Maths (Grade 8 is required if you also wish to study Further Maths)








You are also required to obtain Grade 4 in English Language and Maths if not studying those subjects at A level.

Key Dates

Sixth Form Tea

See below for information

Thursday 30 November 2023

Closing Date for Applications Monday 5 February 2024
Sixth Form Interviews Saturday 9 March 2024
Sixth Form Offers Emailed  Friday 15 March 2024
Deadline for Acceptances Wednesday 27 March 2024


Sixth Form Tea on Thursday 30 November from 2.00 p.m. until 3.45 p.m.

This is an informal, low-key event for current Year 11 students and their parents which takes place during our school day, giving you the opportunity to see King Edward's on a typical afternoon.  Your child will have a chance to chat to our current Sixth Form students and have a tour of the school with them. Come and chat to our Director of Sixth Form, Dr Emma Thomas, and other members of Sixth Form and Admissions staff over a cup of tea and a piece of cake, and ask us any questions you may have!  Please email to book your place.