About Sixth Form

When one journey ends, another begins….

For many of our students this learning journey will continue at Sir John Talbot’s as they enter the Sixth Form.

Our students develop strong, working relationships with teachers and the Sixth Form is about meeting their needs, through the provision of post-16 education, in an environment where they have already achieved.

Whereas a school Sixth Form will be right for some students, we fully appreciate it will not suit all and we pride ourselves on delivering effective and impartial advice and guidance to all our students. Students have direct access to an Information, Advice and Guidance Advisor to discuss college and university applications, careers paths and opportunities for the future.

We have a strong Alumni network at Sir John Talbot’s and are always delighted to hear from past students and learn of their successes. Many students have gone on to study at some of the country’s leading Universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Durham, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, University College London and Imperial College London. Here at Sir John Talbot’s, we pride ourselves on laying strong, dynamic learning foundations that students can continue to build on, whichever path they choose next.

To read about Sir John Talbot’s Sixth Form 2019 A Level results please click here.

For more information on careers and Higher Education, please click here.

Applying to the Sixth Form

To apply to the Sixth Form, please download the application form and return to:

Head of Sixth Form
Sir John Talbot’s School
Prees Road
Whitchurch
Shropshire
SY13 2BY

Please click on the links to open the information about each course.

All post 16 students are expected to follow three study programmes plus The Extended Project. In addition to these programmes there will be enrichment activity following an Academic tutor programme and reading time.

Each programme of study is given 5 hours of teacher contact time. The Extended project is given two hours contact time but there is an expectation that students use their independent time to carry out an activity under this programme in an area of personal interest.

Hours that contribute to the typical student programme over two years:

3 Programmes of Study at 5 hours each per week over two years = 360 per qualification total hours 1080

EPQ or Core Maths – Extended Project Qualification or Core Maths 2 hours per week = 144 hours contact time

Tutor forum 1 hour per week= 72 hours

Academic tutorial and reading time 40 minutes a day = 240 hours

In addition to these programmes of study students will be expected to take part in a work experience exercise and will have the offer of Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Typical programmes

All post 16 students must have a minimum of 5 grade 5-9 GCSE subjects including English and Maths. They must have a grade 6 in the subject they intend to study at A Level or a recognised alternative. They should be choosing three A Levels. Courses will only run with a minimum of 8 students.

Which? Advice: http://university.which.co.uk/

If you do too many practical or vocational subjects – such as PE, music technology, media studies, textiles or drama – it may restrict what you can do later down the line at university, because some university’s include these in lists of ‘non-preferred’ subjects.

This only really becomes a potential problem when you choose more than one of these subjects. To keep your university course options as flexible as possible, you’re better off combining one of these subjects with A-levels that universities traditionally look more favourably upon, such as the sciences, English, maths, history, geography and languages

Keep options wide open when choosing post 16 programmes by selecting a smart mix of the most commonly asked-for subjects in university entry requirements, known as ‘facilitating’ subjects. Pick from:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Modern and classical languages
  • Physics