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Sixth Form Entry


The two Sixth Form years are generally the most enjoyable and memorable of the Pangbourne experience. It is a time when students take control of their subjects with a greater emphasis on independent learning.

Entry to the Sixth Form depends on the achievement of five grade 4 GSCEs (formerly Cs in the previous grading structure). However, this general entry criteria needs to be matched against the more specific subject entry criteria as set out which tends to be the more rigorous hurdle.

In practice, most of our students achieve a 7 (formerly an A) or better at GCSE in the subjects they continue to A Level, and a pass in any subjects they take as a BTEC.


Download our Guide to Choosing A Levels 2019-2020 here

Key Dates and Process

Download 16+ Key Admission Dates 2020

Register by - ideally by the end of October in the year before entry (e.g. October 2019 for September 2020 entry)

Assessment date - November or February of Year 11 (i.e. the school year before Sixth Form entry).

Offers Made - in November or February of Year 11 (i.e. the school year before Sixth Form entry).

Offers need to be accepted by - end of Michaelmas or Lent Term of Year 11

Please refer to 16+ Key Dates in the download link above for further details.

Sixth Form Awards and Bursaries

Pangbourne College seeks to attract and reward excellence in academic study, in the Performing Arts and in sport.

The College offers a limited number of awards for Sixth Form entrants to the College for excellence in the following fields:

  • Academic study
  • Art, Music and Drama
  • Sport

In fairness to current Form 5 pupils, we also actively seek those whose progression and contribution merit Sixth Form Awards in these areas. A number of Honorary Scholarships are awarded in the year leading up to the September entry to the Sixth Form. There is no application process for internal awards; pupils are nominated by members of staff and awards are considered by a committee of senior leaders.

All awards are made for a maximum of two years and are subject to performance.

The College offers a limited number of means-tested bursary awards. Recipients of a Sixth Form award may also apply for a bursary in cases of clear financial need.

For external Sixth Form applicants to the College, further details of the awards described above can be obtained from the Registrar by calling 0118 9767 415, or by sending an email request.