Frequently Asked Questions
What makes NHGS Sixth Form different to other post-16 options?
The biggest advantage is the fact that we are connected to a secondary school which allows students to get involved in allsorts of projects with lower school and develop their leadership skills, as well as the opportunity to get involve in plenty of extra-curricular activities throughout the school.
They recommended that science students support Year 11 lessons, for me personally it helped me developed my communication skills - Yousif
I like the integration with younger students because you can completely cater it to what you want to study at university by volunteering in different lessons - Grace
What grades do I need to get a place at NHGS Sixth Form?
- A minimum of 6 GCSE subjects at Grade 5 or above including English and Mathematics.
- A Grade 5 or above in any subject to be studied at A-level (where the student has previously studied the subject);
- Equivalent vocational qualifications may be accepted;All full course, Level 2 qualifications, including Applied GCSEs, of whatever size will count as one GCSE.
- To study Biology, Physics or Chemistry students need to have achieved a Grade 6 or above in the respective GCSEs or a minimum of two Grade 6’s in Science and Additional Science at GCSE.
- To study Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry students must have Grade 6 or above in Mathematics at GCSE.
- To study French or Spanish students must have a Grade 6 or above in their chosen language.
- Students wanting to study 4 A level courses should achieve at least an average GCSE Grade of 7.
What is the admissions process and the timescales, and has this changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
For external students there is an application form online - this is live on the website.
This is not a big form to fill in - it asks for your subjects, name, address and email address.
Our deadline for application is the 8th January.
We then request your predicted grades from your school. The difference for this year is that schools are waiting for your mock examinations before they are sending predicted grades to us. We will then use mock exam results alongside your predicted grades to make offers to students.
We normally hold discussion evenings, where we talk about your chosen subjects and your career aspirations, to make sure that we are getting you on to the right A Level courses. These normally take place in February and March. We are waiting to understand if these meetings will be virtual or face-to-face (with social distancing). We will need to see what the COVID numbers are like for the area. We will then make offers in April, and we ask students to let us know if they are interested in coming to join us in the Summer.
Can applicants change the A Level subject selections they have put down on the Application Form?
It is very flexible. We build our A Level option columns around what NHGS students are telling us they want to study.
We allow students change their selections on results day (depending on their results) and then up until the end of September students can move subjects once they get into lessons, they maybe decide they want to switch to a new subject.
There is a lot of flexibility providing they fit in with the options columns which are published very early in the academic year.
How many student join NHGS Sixth Form from other schools?
We have 180 students in Year 12, and 60 students are new to us each year.
We are two-thirds students coming through form the school, and one-third new students. It's quite a high proportion and the fact that there is 60 people joining together means you are not on your own.
We work hard to make sure that these people are settled and people integrate very, very quickly. By the end of Year 12 it's difficult to remember who was new and who was not.
Listen to what Aya says about joining the Sixth Form from another school, and her number one tip for new students joining in Year 12.
What enrichment opportunities are available to Sixth Form Students at NHGS?
“Learning to Live” – it’s not simply part of our motto, it’s central to the NHGS experience.
At NHGS Sixth Form we offer a varied programme of enrichment opportunities - these are divided into Core Enrichment and Optional Enrichment.
Wednesday afternoons are devoted to the Core Enrichment Programme. All Year 12 students choose from a range of activities including mentoring in local primary schools, sports, cooking, a touch typing course, other online courses, volunteering and relevant work experience.
Whilst all students are expected to participate in the core enrichment, most of our students will be involved in many more enrichment opportunities. For more information on the enrichment opportunities available click here.
Does NHGS Sixth Form offer an EPQ Course?
Yes, we do. EPQ is an additional qualification that allows well-motivated students to carry out their own research project in an area of their choice.
The EPQ was introduced nationally to give students an opportunity to pursue their own study interests beyond the constraints of their A-level subjects. Submitting a project for the EPQ will help to develop research and writing skills and will give participating students an advantage when it comes to undergraduate study at university.
Such research is aimed at developing skills which can be transferred throughout many subjects. It also demonstrates to universities and employers, students’ ability to think independently and their real
passion for their chosen subjects.
What does an EPQ entail?
• Selecting a topic of interest and drafting a proposal for it.
• Planning, researching and carrying out the project.
• Providing evidence of all stages of the project.
• Delivering a presentation to a specified audience – this can be in any format such as a play, a film, a piece of art or another original idea.
The EPQ really is an independent project which the student has control over, both in terms of their choice of research topic, and the form in which they present their findings.