All students in Year 11, from within Brine Leas as well as from other secondary schools, who are thinking of entering BL6 will need to complete an Application Form to express their interest and to specify the courses they wish to study. To ensure their course choices are considered during the timetable construction process, applications to BL6 must be submitted during the Autumn Term of Year 11, no later than 30th November 2018. Applications are considered during the Spring Term, however, they will not be used to plan the courses on offer and the timetable structure for the following year. In order to meet the ‘sibling link’ criteria for Year 7 joining Brine Leas School in September 2019, applications for entry to BL6 must be received by 1st December 2018.

Application Timeline

BL6 Open Evening 19th September 2018
BL6 Applications Open 20th September 2018
BL6 Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG) Sessions commence 19th October 2018
BL6 Option Blocks formed and timetable constructed (applicants receive confirmation of their courses) Spring Term
BL6 Taster Sessions 1st & 2nd July 2019
GCSE Results Day BL6 Enrolment 22nd August 2019

Prospective Student Information

Step One

Collect a prospectus from the school or download one from the website (see ‘BL6 Prospectus’ on the right-hand side of this page) carefully read the prospectus, the course guides and think about the courses that you might want to take. Talk to your subject teachers, come along to the Open Evening on September 19th to speak to specialist staff and talk to your Careers adviser.

Step Two

Using the links on the right hand side of this page, you will be able to download an Application Form. Alternatively, you can collect one from the BL6 Admin Office, or request one be posted to you by telephoning 01270 621612 or emailing

Complete your Application form and ensure your parent/guardian coutersigns it.

Step Three

Post your completed application form to:

Head of Sixth Form
Brine Leas Sixth Form
Audlem Road

Entry Requirements

Our Sixth Form aims to encourage high aspirations and high expectations. To qualify for entry into the Sixth Form, students will need to obtain at least 5 GCSE passes (at grade C/5 or above). In general, we also expect that subjects to be studied at Sixth Form level should (where applicable) have been passed with at least a grade B (grade 6 for reformed subjects) at GCSE. Specific course requirements can be found within our course guides and on our website.

Students also require a satisfactory school reference and attendance record.

In addition to the above, the following courses are offered as enrichment qualifications:

  • EPQ
  • STEP Maths for Further Mathematicians
  • Core Maths


The 3 A Level Pathway

This will be the chosen pathway for the vast majority of our students. At the end of Year 13 they will sit 3 A Levels.

The 4 A Level Pathway

There is an opportunity for a minority of students to complete four subjects to A Level, although this is an extremely academic route and should only be embarked upon by students who achieve the highest grades in all of their GCSE subjects; this needs to be agreed with by the Head of sixth form.

Regardless of the chosen pathway, students will complete at least one enrichment qualification, an Extended Project Qualification, and/or STEP Mathematics. STEP Mathematics is offered to students who undertake Further Mathematics as an A Level.

BL6 Platinum and Diamond Programme

This award recognises students who have achieved more than most students in post 16 education. This is through undertaking additional courses and devoting a significant amount of time to community and voluntary work.

The two pathways are shown below:

3 A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications 4 A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications

  • Extended Project Qualification
  • STEP Mathematics for Further Mathematicians

  • Extended Project Qualification
  • STEP Mathematics for Further Mathematicians

  • Duke of Edinburgh (Silver or Gold Award)
  • 50 hours work experience

  • Duke of Edinburgh (Silver or Gold Award)
  • 100 hours work experience