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Malcolm Arnold Academy

At Malcolm Arnold Academy we seek to broaden the horizons of each and every one of our students, helping them to achieve at the highest level both academically and in their talents outside the classroom.

Sixth Form Admissions

Applications for MAA Sixth Form 2024 have now closed, if you have a query or interest in applying then please email

If you do not currently attend MAA then please find a link to the reference document. You will be required to bring this to interview with you please

Please view the prospectus below to learn more about our Sixth Form, If you have any questions we welcome you to contact us.

The step-up from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 study is often a challenging one. We provide students with a dedicated Year 12 transition programme so that their Year 12 journey is supported both academically, pastorally, and regarding their future progression.

To empower all students to achieve their potential, Malcolm Arnold Sixth Form students can expect:

  • A thorough entrance interview to ensure students are applying for suitable courses to maximise their success.
  • Two Year 11 induction days.
  • Summer transition tasks to lay the foundations for study and demonstrate commitment to learning.
  • A follow up enrolment interview on GCSE results day.
  • An induction period during which students develop teamwork and study skills and meet their tutor, fellow tutees and the central sixth form team.
  • An initial transition period at the end of which students are assessed and subject teachers report on their suitability for their chosen courses. Course changes may be implemented if students do not pass their transition phase.
  • A dedicated form tutor and central pastoral support.
  • A comprehensive enrichment programme.
  • A clear system of behaviour and attendance expectations.
  • High quality subject teaching.
  • A supervised study area so that students make the most of their study periods.
  • Formal assessment points after which a programme of subject, tutor and central sixth form team interventions are put into place, to address any underachievement.
  • Mock examinations and a Mock results day to ensure students have a realistic experience of the formal examination process.
  • Early introduction to university and employment progression routes to help students plan for their future. 

Admissions Criteria

 It is very important that students carefully consider their subject choices, as these are made for the three subjects which form the core programme of study each student will follow for two years.  In each A Level subject, the course content studied across both years is examined at the end of Year 13.  BTEC subjects have a mix of internally assessed assignments and externally examined components, spread across both years. 

Admissions Requirements: 

Admission to study in Malcolm Arnold Academy’s Sixth Form courses is dependent upon: 

► Prior attainment at Key Stage 4 in at least 5 curriculum subjects: 

► To study A Levels: 

 A Minimum of at least 5 GCSE grade 4 or higher/or equivalent (BTEC Level 2 Merit) 

 Including both English and Maths at Grade 5 GCSE 

Preferably a grade 6 in the subject of choice. 

► To Study BTEC: 

A minimum of 5 GCSE grade 4 or higher /or equivalent (BTEC Level 2 Pass) 

Including English and Maths at Grade 4 GCSE 

► Please also note the following: 

  • Specific minimum entry criteria for a particular course.
  • Availability of places on a particular course.  If a course is oversubscribed, consideration will be given to the possibility of an additional class.  Minimum student numbers to make it viable to run a course.  If a course is undersubscribed, financial and staffing implications will be considered, and the decision may be taken to withdraw the course.
  • Each request is reviewed on an individual basis.  If an applicant fails to meet the minimum course requirements, they may be given the option of pursuing alternative courses for which they do meet the minimum academic requirements.
  • Where a student has not met the minimum requirements for English or Mathematics, a discussion will take place with a relevant member of staff regarding admission to Sixth Form in general and which specific courses are appropriate to access.  Doing so will be conditional on re-taking GCSE English or Mathematics.
  • Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee suitability for a particular course. The first few weeks of the academic year are, therefore, a trial period for staff to assess each student's aptitude for the course and for students to confirm that each course is appropriate for them.

16-19 Bursary Fund

 Guaranteed Bursary

If you are in care, a care leaver or receive any of the following in your own name, you may be eligible to receive £1200 each year to support the costs of studying at BMA Sixth Form.

  • Income Support or Universal Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments

Vulnerable Bursary
If you are in care, a care leaver or receive any of the following in your own name, you may be eligible to receive up to £1200 each year to support the costs of studying at MAA Sixth Form.

  • Income Support or Universal Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
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How to Apply

If you are looking to apply to a Sixth Form committed to academic excellence, world class enrichment, and state-of-the-art wellbeing then apply to Malcolm Arnold Academy Sixth Form. 

We pride ourselves on knowing each and all student’s strengths and aspirations and have a dedicated team of experienced staff who ensure that every Sixth Form student achieves their full potential.

If you have any questions about Year 12 Admissions for Malcolm Arnold Academy Sixth form do not hesitate to contact: