Sixth Form Admissions

Applying to Cheltenham Bournside School Sixth Form

Applications for 2024 entry closed on Friday 23rd February.

If you would like to enquire about submitting a late application, please email   

2024 entry application timeline

Key dates for your diary:

Thursday 25th January

Sixth Form Open Evening. Online applications go live.

Friday 23rd February

Deadline for Cheltenham Bournside School Sixth Form applications.

February - May 

Applicants are invited for tours/course discussions and conditional offers are made.

June - July

Acceptance deadline. Enrolment information is shared, including details about the uniform and the start of term.

*Please note our Year 12 Induction Day is Thursday 27th June, 2024. 


GCSE results published (Thursday 22nd August, 2024).

Sixth Form places confirmed during enrolment.

  • Internal applicants: Thursday 22nd August, 9.00am
  • External applicants: Thursday 22nd August, 1.00pm
  • Enrolment continues into Friday 23rd August
Early September

Welcome to Cheltenham Bournside Sixth Form. Year 12 starts on Wednesday 4th September, 2024.


Options Grid

Subject Choices
Please select a minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 choices

* Further Mathematics 
To study this you must also select Mathematics in block A or B. 


Sixth Form entry criteria 2023/24

At Bournside we invest a significant amount of time in ensuring that both internal and external students applying to our Sixth Form are well-suited to their chosen subjects.

We offer three pathways, designed to help you choose a selection of subjects that will help you to reach your future goals:

Pathway 1

Studying 3 or 4 A levels

Entry criteria is at least a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language or Literature and at least a grade 5 in your three/four chosen subjects at A level.

Pathway 2

Studying 3 BTEC courses

Entry criteria is at least a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language or Literature and at least a grade 4 in 3 related GCSEs.

Pathway 3

Studying a combination of BTEC courses and A levels

Entry criteria is at least a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language or Literature and a bespoke offer of grade 4s and grade 5s depending on examination results.

Overseas applicants

For students wishing to join us who are currently being educated overseas or who have been educated overseas, you will need to get a Statement of Comparability from the following website: Home Page (

The Statement of Comparability will enable us to assess your current qualifications to ensure that you meet the current entry requirements of our Sixth Form. The Statement of Comparability will need to be acquired through this website and sent to us before you are given any offer of a place in our Sixth Form.

Year 13 progression criteria

In order to progress successfully from Year 12 into Year 13, you need to have displayed adequate progress on your programme of study. Your place in Year 13 will be evaluated at the end of Year 12, and your attitude to learning, attendance, and progress across the year will inform your successful progression into Year 13.

Cheltenham Bournside School reserves the right to refuse progression into Year 13 based on any of these factors. If we decide that it is not in your best interest, an alternative offer will be made.

16 - 19 Bursary

Did you know that you can apply for a bursary to help with education-related costs? 

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education. There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

Vulnerable Bursary

For students in one or more of the defined vulnerable groups:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • getting Income Support (IS) or Universal Credit (UC) in their own right
  • in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments in their own right, as well as Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) in their own right.

The school can apply on your behalf through the Student Bursary Support Service.

Discretionary Bursary

A discretionary bursary that institutions may award to meet individual needs, for example: transport, meals, books and equipment. Cheltenham Bournside School will decide which students are supported by the discretionary bursary based on:

  • students whose parents or carers claim benefits or income support
  • students who may need to overcome individual barriers to school participation.

To apply, please complete the application form below and return to Mrs Rudge-Wills.


16 to 19 Bursary Fund: Overview - GOV.UK (

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