YEAR 12 (16+ ENTRY)

Boys and girls are invited to apply to join the College post-GCSE in order to pursue further academic qualifications. Sixth Form entry is an increasingly popular option at Shiplake, due to the diverse curriculum options and inclusive atmosphere at the College.

The volume of successful Year 12 applicants can vary, but every effort is made to accommodate pupils who have the potential to make a positive impact on the College as a whole. Boys joining in Year 12 are distributed evenly across the five main day and boarding houses, before moving to College House in Year 13. This permits Sixth Form students greater independence, which is a valuable stepping stone before moving on to university. All Sixth Form girls become members of Gilson House, a modern day and boarding house which opened in 2009 (please note, however, that due to increasing demand we are currently looking at options to accommodate an increasing number of girls).

Our 16+ entry is appealing to pupils from a vast range of backgrounds. For many students, the opportunity to join a fresh and energetic environment has a hugely positive impact on their achievements in academic and co-curricular fields. All candidates are given equal consideration for places at Shiplake.

An offer of place into Year 12 is conditional upon the candidate achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C (or 4) or above (including English language and mathematics) and a minimum of Grade B (6) in the subjects proposed for study at A Level, unless specified otherwise. Please see our Sixth Form Guide for full details of entry requirements for each subject.

Applicants will be invited to attend an assessment at the College. This usually takes place in November of the year preceding entry. The assessment format can vary but candidates usually undertake a series of numeracy and literacy tasks followed by team-building exercises and a presentation. They will also be interviewed by a senior member of staff. The purpose of the assessment is to allow our experienced staff to determine whether each candidate would thrive in Shiplake College’s active, educational environment. Whilst academic ability is undoubtedly an important factor, pupils are also assessed on their demeanour and interpersonal skills. A confidential report will also be sought from the pupil’s present school.

September 2018 Entry

Registration is open for parents wishing to register their child for Sixth Form entry in September 2018.



Saturday 30 September 2017

Sixth Form Open Morning - Register here

Saturday 14 October 2017

Whole College Open Morning - Register here

Monday 16 October 2017

Deadline for Registrations, Sixth Form Information and Applications for Scholarships and Bursaries

October-November 2017

References Obtained from Current Schools

16, 21 and 23 November 2017 (am)

Sixth Form Assessment Days

Friday 10 November 2017 (pm)

Rugby Scholarship Assessments

Tuesday 14 November 2017 (pm)

Academic Scholarship Assessments

Thursday 16 November 2017 (pm)

Art Scholarship Assessments

Tuesday 21 November 2017 (pm)

Music Scholarship Assessments

Thursday 23 November 2017 (pm)

Drama Scholarship Assessments

Friday 24 November 2017 (pm)

Rowing Scholarship Assessments

By Appointment

Cricket, Hockey and Netball Assessments

Thursday 7 December 2017

Offers and Decision Letters Sent

Monday 8 January 2018

Deadline for Place Acceptances

February 2018 Onwards

Late Applications/Waiting List Candidates Considered (Subject to Availability)

Summer 2018

Welcome Events

Year 12 Application Timetable for September 2018 Entry

Internal Applications (Current Year 11)

Pupils currently in Year 11 at Shiplake College are required to complete an application form for entry into the Sixth Form. We would like provisional subject choices from pupils and for them to outline their broader commitment to the College.

This application form, together with pupils’ academic and behavioural records, will provide us with the necessary information to enable your son to embark upon the most appropriate Sixth Form route in order to achieve the success we all seek at the end of Year 13.

Please click here to complete the application form. Please note a new registration is not required. Please note the deadline is Wednesday 1 November 2017.


Further details of scholarships available to Year 12 applicants are available on the Scholarships page. Prospective academic scholars should be anticipating a minimum of 7 A*-A grades at GCSE. Please see our Year 12 Admissions Timeline for key dates.

Sixth Form Options

The Sixth Form Options Guide for those looking to join Year 12 in September 2018 and finishing Year 13 in July 2020 is available to download below. 

The booklet contains general information about the curriculum at Shiplake, which provides opportunities to develop existing talents and discover new ones. The guide offers advice on how you should choose your subjects, details of the courses available in each subject and an outline of how the College prepares students for Higher Education. 

Sixth Form Options Guide 2018-2020

The provisional Sixth Form subject blocks for 2017-2019 are below. Please note that sets with very small numbers will probably not run.

Option A
(6 lessons per week)
Option B
(6 lessons per week)
Option C
(6 lessons per week)
Option D
(6 lessons per week)
Extension Option
(3 lessons per week)
Biology Art Business BTEC Biology Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
Business BTEC Business BTEC Computing French Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Chemistry Chemistry Design & Technology Geography GCSE English Re-sit
Economics Further Mathematics Drama and Theatre Studies History GCSE Maths Re-sit
English Music BTEC Economics Learning Development  
Geography Photography Engineering Tech Level Mathematics  
Learning Development Physics History Religious Studies  
Media Psychology Photography Travel and Tourism BTEC  
Psychology Sport BTEC Spanish    
    Sport BTEC    
Registration and Application Forms

Candidates are required to complete both a Registration Form and a Sixth Form Application Form prior to assessment and interview.

Please click here to complete an online registration or download a registration form to complete by hand.

Please click here to complete an application and subject choice form.

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26 subject options offered in the Sixth Form
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