If you would like more information on Presdales Sixth Form please contact Mrs Helen Preshous, our Sixth Form Administrator at: or Tel No: (01920) 462210 Ext 238.

Sixth Form Application Process for External Applicants


14th November 2018 (7pm-9pm)

Sixth Form Open Evening for prospective Year 12 students and their parents

14th December 2018

Deadline for applications

May / June 2019

GCSE exams

July 2019

All applicants meet with a member of our Sixth Form Team / Senior Management to discuss subject choices and entry criteria

Sixth Form Induction

Students attend a 2 day Induction course in school

Provisional offer letters

August 2019

GCSE results

September 2019

New term starts

Presdales School Sixth Form Guidance Notes 2019-2021

For entry to the Sixth Form at Presdales School in September 2019, please read the Sixth Form Course Information booklet, detailing the option subjects from which you are able to choose the subjects you wish to study, and submit a completed application form by post or e-mail before 14th December, 2018. Each subject is offered as a full, linear two-year Advanced Level course, examinable at the end of Year 13 in June 2021. The entry requirements for each course are detailed in the enclosed booklet, together with a brief description of the course.

We require you to select three subjects at Advanced Level to study in both Years 12 and 13 (four if you also wish to study Further Mathematics as an additional A level and meet the entry requirements for that course).

Finally, you will also be required to study English Language GCSE and/or Mathematics GCSE, as an additional course(s) if you have not been successful in obtaining at least a grade 4 in each of these subjects respectively.

Once the applications have been received, option blocks will be carefully constructed to meet as many student option choices as possible. The school reserves the right not to run a course if the numbers choosing a particular subject are too low to make that subject viable. As we cannot therefore guarantee that everyone’s ideal choice combinations can be accommodated, we would request applicants to specify one reserve Advanced Level choice on the application form, which will only be used in consultation with applicants.

If there is great demand for a particular course we will select students on the basis of their preferences stated on the application form (eg if it is your first choice you are more likely to be admitted to that course than if it is your third). If you hand the application form in late (ie after 14th December 2018), or change one of your course choices at a later date, you will have a lower priority for getting a place on the course(s) in question.

Core Curriculum

Everyone in Year 12 will study a core curriculum as part of the Sixth Form enrichment programme. This will include a Sixth Form sports programme (which can by choice lead to a qualification(s) in Sports Leadership) and careers programme. In addition, you may apply to study for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), on an agreed topic of your choosing, to be completed under the guidance of a study tutor.

If you are required to study an additional GCSE subject or choose to study Further Mathematics as a fourth A level choice, however, you may not be able to do all of the elements of this core curriculum.

Federation Common Option Blocks

As a member of the Hertford and Ware Federation of Schools, Presdales students may be able to study a subject which is not available to them at Presdales at another Federation school (Chauncy, Richard Hale, Sele or Simon Balle). Transport arrangements will be organised and paid for by Presdales.

The subjects available will be finalised during the spring term and all applicants to our Sixth Form informed. They will then be able to amend their choices as appropriate, subject to course availability on a “first-come, first-served” basis.  

Additional Subject Notes

Further Mathematics: To take an A level in Further Mathematics you also need to commit yourself to take Mathematics A level.

Business/Economics: Students should not choose to study both Business and Economics.

English: Students should not choose to study both English Literature and English Language/Literature.


After you have submitted your application form there will be time for the Sixth Form curriculum to be considered by school management with a view to finalising the block structure and constructing the timetable. During July 2019, you will be asked to attend a meeting to clarify the choices made. If you subsequently change your mind about any of your option choices, you must write to Mrs Preshous, Sixth Form Administrator, detailing the requested change(s), or alternatively, let us know on joining the Sixth Form at the start of September 2019.

We look forward to receiving your application form.