Bolton School Sixth Form Boys

How to Apply

Assessments for external candidates usually take place in February or March, prior to a September admission. The School will use an on-line computer adaptive test that includes elements of verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, mathematics and proof-reading. The test will be marked and standardised. Standardisation means that each candidate’s score can be compared with those achieved by other candidates of the same age. The test is designed to gauge candidates’ aptitude to learning. 

Candidates will be asked to bring their school reports (including GCSE predictions), other records of achievement (if appropriate) and their Mock Examination results with them. Candidates considering Art or Technology must also bring in a portfolio. 

External candidates must have at least a grade 6 in English, Maths and Science (whether Dual Award or one of the single science subjects.) In addition, they will normally be expected to have a grade 7 or above in a subject chosen for ‘A’ Level, if they have taken that subject to GCSE.  

A written report is also requested from their current school. For this reason, it is vital that parents first discuss this with their son’s current Headteacher before they make an application. 

Offers will be based on an interview with a member of the Sixth Form management team, an interview with at least two Heads of Department, the candidate’s performance in an online test (designed to assess potential) and a reference from their current school. Any offers made at this stage will be provisional until the GCSE results are known. The minimum requirement for entry from outside Bolton School into the Sixth Form is at least 4 grades at 7 and above and 3 grades at 6 at GCSE. 

Candidates from schools where GCSEs are not taken (including overseas schools) should have equivalent qualifications as defined and verified by NARIC ( and be able to demonstrate that they are working at a level comparable to the minimum academic requirement for entry into the Sixth Form. Equivalent qualifications will only be accepted, if the course content provides suitable preparation for A Level study, but students will only be permitted to start once qualifications have been verified in writing. 

You may wish to request a prospectus and application form, or download an application form to the Boys' Sixth Form.

You can learn more about our Sixth Form by attending our Open Evening.

Sixth Form Boy Studying