How to apply

Thank you for your interest in joining our sixth form.

External candidates

If you are a student hoping to join us from another school, please complete our online application form for external candidates.

Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs P Slack, post 16 pastoral leader:

Internal students

If you are a current student at East Leake Academy, please complete our online application form here.

Our general application process is as follows.

  1. Think about the courses you’d be interested in studying. Prospective students from other schools than East Leake Academy should contact Mrs Slack, our head of sixth form –
  2. Submit your application form.
  3. Students will be asked to attend an informal meeting.
  4. Students will have the opportunity to attend an induction day.
  5. On GCSE results day in August, students should register for enrolment and counselling about an individual curriculum to suit their needs. Sessions on study skills and time management will be delivered to prepare students for more independent learning style needed for posts 16 study.
  6. In September, parents are usually invited to an induction session where we outline our expectations and answer any questions. We encourage parents and carers to also attend this evening.

Level 3 entry requirements

Students wishing to study A level qualifications will usually need to have achieved at least a grade 6 in their chosen subject but should be ‘on track’ throughout year 11 to achieve a 6 grade in the subject. Students following a full package of A level qualifications will normally also have at least five GCSEs at grade 5 including English and maths with grade 6 in the subjects that they wish to study at A level.

What is a BTEC?

BTECs are work-related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students, built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university. They provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. They can be taken as well as, or in place of A levels in schools and colleges. BTECs are recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the UK and in over 100 countries worldwide.

The projects that students undertake form the basis of their unit results which are graded as a Pass, Merit or a Distinction. Each BTEC is made up of units. The number of units is dependent on the level and size of BTEC being studied. In order to complete each unit, students must achieve against a set of outcomes. The assessment criteria assess theory with practical exercises. The assessment process is ongoing, so it allows the student to analyse and improve their own performance through their course in much the same way as they would in a real workplace.

Completed applications and enquiries should be emailed to our post 16 pastoral leader, Mrs P Slack at: