Admissions Policy

It is our aim when considering applications to accept students onto a curriculum which will suit their learning style and encourage them to flourish academically. Judgements and offers will be made on an appropriate level of prior academic achievement and a positive attitude/aptitude for learning. We want you to be healthy and happy whilst studying with us so all applicants will receive a personal interview to discuss their options.

Entry requirements

The number, type and level of subjects you study will be dependent on the unique circumstances you present to us. For example, some students have a flair for a particular subject. Our flexible approach and curriculum offer enables you to combine types of qualification that are Level 3; A levels and/or BTEC courses.

Most students will undertake four Level 3 subjects in year 12 reducing to three in year 13. Students are required to have at least x 5 GCSE C grades including Maths and English to progress to Level 3 courses. A level subjects such as Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and foreign languages require minimum of a B grade. Students choosing to progress with BTEC subjects require Merit level from KS4 results.

Good attendance, a positive attitude to study and a supportive reference is the entry requirements for all courses in the OIEA Sixth Form.

All students receive a personal interview following receipt of a completed application form. An electronic record of the interview is produced followed by an acceptance, conditional acceptance or decline letter prior to the GCSE results in August.
Method of Application:

Prospectuses will be published during the Autumn Term each year. All current OIEA students will be offered a copy and it will be marketed locally and on the school website. They will be specifically issued to:

  • All current Year 11 OIEA students
  • Students visiting from other education establishments
  • Those making specific requests by contacting the schoolInformation, advice and guidance meetings are set up for every prospective Sixth form student, to provide expert professional support at a critical time of decision.Entry Criteria for Courses:A/S courses:
    Students need to demonstrate evidence of a positive, self-motivated approach to learning and a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above in five different subject areas (including English and Maths). For sciences, maths and languages, we require GCSEs at B or better.Level 3 Courses (BTEC / OCR National):
    Students need to demonstrate evidence of a positive, self-motivated approach to learning and a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths).Level 2 Courses – Learn2Earn (BTEC / OCR National including GSCE English and Maths):
    Students need to demonstrate evidence of a positive, self-motivated approach to learning.Students who do not meet the entry criteria can discuss the other course available at the academy that they want to follow with Sixth Form Director and may be given permission to join in exceptional circumstances.Applications From Students Not Currently Studying in Year 11 at OIEA:Each year a number of students can join our Sixth Form from other schools up to a maximum number of 100 in year 12 and the same in year 13. Applications are welcomed from such students who wish to continue their studies at OIEA. The application process and entry requirements will be identical for both internal and external applicants.Where over-subscribed we will give priority to applicants as follows:
  1. 1.     Looked after children.
  2. 2.     Siblings of students on the roll of the school.
  3. 3.     All other applicants.

In the event of the school being oversubscribed in any of the above criteria, places will be offered to those living nearest the school as measured in a direct line distance from the home to the school.

Sixth Form admissions Policy 2016-17

Applicants refused admission to our Sixth Form are entitled to appeal to an independent appeals panel.

Sixth Form Policy 2015 – 16

Download an application form below.

Application form OIEA 6th Form (pdf)

Application form OIEA 6th Form (doc)


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