We welcome applications for the McAuley Catholic High School Sixth Form from students who are committed to:


  • regular and punctual attendance
  • excellent attitudes to learning
  • outstanding behaviour
  • supporting the Catholic ethos and work of the school

Please note: The Headteacher reserves the right to adjust entry criteria in light of individual, pastoral or academic circumstances to ensure suitable progression pathways for all students. This is supportive of the mission statement and Catholic ethos of the school

Minimum entry criteria for Level 3 (A level) courses offered in the Sixth Form

Level 3 – A-levels

Minimum requirements: 5 GCSEs at Level 4 - 9 including Maths at Level 4 or above and English at Level 4 or above. Additional specific criteria apply in some subjects – see subject pages for more information.

Level 2 Transition Program

Minimum requirements: students would normally be required to secure 5 GCSEs at grade 3 or above to access all elements of this program.

Sixth Form Admission Criteria for Applicants From Other Schools

Where there are more applications for admission from external candidates than the admission number, the Governing Body will apply the following criteria in strict order of priority (providing the necessary academic entry criteria is met)


Category 1 – Students with a Statement of Special Educational Needs

Category 2 – Children who are Looked After

Category 3 – Catholic Students currently attending other schools

Category 4 – Proximity to school

Continuation into Year 13

The vast majority of students who continue into Y13 secure good passes that are close to their target grades in their end of Y12 assessments.  These should ideally be grade D or above. Students will have demonstrated excellent attendance, attitude to learning and role model behaviour during Year 12. Students who do not secure these grades are . Continuation into Year 13 for students in this position is very much dependent on their future aspirations as well as Year 12 record. Any student significantly underperforming or obtaining a grade U in a subject in their end of Year 12 assessments will be carefully advised with regard to their next steps as it may not be appropriate for them to continue that subject into Y13.