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Assessment Process  

All students will sit an entry assessment test which takes the form of a CAT4 (Cognitive Ability Test). After the test should they meet our entry requirements we will then invite them to attend a general interview.

An offer of a place at the sixth form will be conditional on meeting our entry requirements in the CAT4 test, achieving a satisfactory school reference and the required results at GCSE or equivalent. Our offers are tailored to the individual applicant but, as a guide, we would require a minimum of 50 points for the eight best (I)GCSE results. Points will be calculated from the 9 - 1 grading system or using the conversion table below. We require at least 7 points in any subject that they intend to study in the Sixth Form where that subject is already being studied at (I)GCSE.  For Higher Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics we require at least 8 points (A* on the old system).

If a student wishes to study Further Maths or Modern Languages at A Level or Higher Level Maths or Modern Languages in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, they will be asked to sit an aptitude test in the subject followed by a discussion with the head of department.

Offers are based on the subject choices declared on the application form. Should students later decide to alter the choice of subjects, this will be subject to availability and further aptitude tests may be necessary.

A* - 8.5 Points
A - 7 Points
B - 5.5 Points
C - 4 Points
D - 3 Points
E - 2 Points

Key dates

  • 25 October 2021 - Application closing date
  • 6 November 2021 - CAT4 entry testing will take place remotely
  • 13 November 2021 - Academic scholarship testing
  • 8 December 2021 - Offers made
  • 8 January 2022 - Acceptance of offers and scholarships

Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid we are aware that this has been difficult for students and families when considering sixth form options. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any point throughout the year if you would like us to process an application or if you have any further questions.

International applicants contact admissions for details of the admissions timeframe. 

Register for a place

To register for a place at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form please click the link below.

Have other questions?

See our Admissions FAQ for further information.

For any other enquiries please contact our admissions team at or call 01223 454762