The Sixth Form Experience

Admission to the Sixth Form is based on performance in a student’s best 6 GCSE subjects plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics (throughout this document this is referred to as ‘Best 8’)

Points are awarded for new GCSE qualifications in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics and in all the other legacy full course GCSE subjects.

A minimum score of 52 points will be required to gain entry into Sixth Form. This score is based on the following GCSE results:

Best 8 GCSE results including English Language and Mathematics.



BVGS GCSE Points Tariff

GCSE  Grade           Points
9                               9
8                               8
7                               7
6                               6
5                               5
4                              4

Please note the following:

Applicants will require a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics, in order to gain entry to the Sixth Form.

In order to be able to take a particular subject at A-Level, a minimum of grade 7 at GCSE or an A or A* in that subject is expected (except in the case of further Mathematics where a grade 8 is required). Where the subject has not been taken at GCSE, a specified equivalent subject will be used;

For example, if a student wishes to study A-Level Economics and Computer Science, we will take the GCSE Mathematics grade. In the case of Psychology we will take the GCSE Biology grade.


A-Level Subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • English Literature


  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics


  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish

‘The teachers have enabled me to reach heights I never imagined I would. It has been a genuine honour to be a student here’. Vibi Bhatia, student


Building Learning Habits

The great physicist Albert Einstein once said ‘It’s not that I am so smart.  But I stay with the questions longer’.  At Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School we agree with Einstein that the key to academic success is your commitment to learning.  We believe that right from Year 7 we need to build excellent learning habits in all our students.  That means we want our learners to be resilient and independent.  We want them to not be scared of getting stuck because there is so much that can be learned from tackling things that are both difficult and complex.  We also want students to look carefully at any assessment feedback and thoroughly respond to it.  Our Building Learning Habits programme develops better learners and greater academic success.

‘Students in the large sixth form enter with high prior attainment at GCSE. They make rapid progress and, year on year, reach consistently high standards at A level. In 2014, 85% attained the highest grades, placing the school in the top 25 nationally and third in the Midlands.’  OFSTED REPORT 2014