We welcome students from all backgrounds and schools to join our current year 11 pupils in moving up to the sixth form. We admit around 10-20 students each year, many of whom are awarded bursary or scholarship places. We welcome the valuable contribution new students bring - new ideas, new interests, new personalities and new ambitions.
Under the current Covid-19 circumstances we are fully aware that parents of students looking to apply to the school for admission next year are likely to be anxious about the academic provision their child may be getting at the moment. Please be reassured that this will be taken into consideration when we set and mark the assessment papers.
Our usual admission to the sixth form is by examination and interview in October/November prior to entry the following September. All students take entrance papers in the four subjects they propose to study at A-Level. Each paper lasts 45 minutes and details are given at the bottom this page on how to prepare for the individual subject papers. Successful candidates will then have an interview with a sixth form tutor. Please note that we do reserve the right to change these procedures if Covid-19 circumstances demand it.
We expect all our sixth form applicants to achieve at least eight GCSEs at Grade 7 (A). If successful, you will receive an offer with details of the GCSE grades that you need to achieve.
For more information on sixth form life at City, the opportunities on offer and the A level subjects you can study, please click on the links on the left-hand side of this page. We will endeavour to keep you regularly updated with where we are in the process, what happens next and how your child is getting on. We hope you will find all necessary information here, but please email our admissions team if you have any questions at all.
For September 2022 entry students should have a date of birth that falls between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006. Registrations for 2022 entry will open in May 2021. Key dates will be similar from year to year.
KEY DATES FOR 16+ (YEAR 12) ENTRANCE SEPTEMBER 2022
Monday 17 May 2021
|Open events for prospective 16+ students||
Wednesday 30 June 2021 16:15-18:30
Booking required via website from May
Friday 8 October 2021 at 16:00
|Scholarship application deadline||
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Date of entrance examination
Tuesday 2 November 2021
|Examination outcome letter||
Friday 12 November 2021
|Bursary application deadline||
Thursday 18 November 2021
Thursday 18 November 2021
Results of interview emailed
Wednesday 1 December 2021
Offer holders' open morning
Thursday 9 December 2021
Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 12:00
The following information is designed to give you an idea of what to expect in the CLSG 16+ entrance examinations. You will be tested in each of the four subjects you wish to study at A-Level. Each assessment lasts 45 minutes. Subjects with a * indicate that we would expect you to have studied this subject to GCSE level if you intend to study for A-Level. We hope all this information will help you prepare for your assessment. If you have any questions, just email our admissions team.
Art* (no examination assessment)
There is no written test for this subject on exam day. Instead, candidates who are successful in their other A-Level subject papers will be invited back for interview and will then need to bring their portfolios in with them for discussion with our art teacher. The portfolios should include six to eight pieces of recent work in a range of media.
Classics: classical civilisation
The assessment will consist of a passage in English from a classical text followed by comprehension-style questions. No knowledge of classical myths or history or of the text in question is needed or presumed. You will be asked to analyse aspects of the text giving evidence for your views from the passage.
You will be asked to translate a short passage of GCSE standard Greek into English. Make sure you know your GCSE vocabulary (available on the exam board websites) and grammar well.
You will be asked to translate a short passage of GCSE standard Latin into English. Make sure you know your GCSE vocabulary (available on the exam board websites) and grammar well.
This will be a written exam in which you will be asked to:
1. Write short program in pseudocode including:
- Nested loops
2. Identify runtime and logic errors in pseudocode and be able to use a trace table
3. Display an understanding of parameters, arguments and data types
Design and technology* (no examination assessment)
There is no formal examination for this subject on exam day, but students who are successful in their other A-Level subjects will be invited back for interview and are required to bring along a portfolio of their recent DT work and details of the GCSE project they are working on. This may include Art work, ICT work and/or D&T work from Year 8-10. Candidates will be interviewed by the Head of Design and Technology.
Drama and Theatre Studies*
Candidates will be asked to write about different elements of a play or theatrical event that they have seen recently. They will be offered the choice of writing about and showing knowledge of the acting or design skills observed in the performance.
The Economics entrance paper tests a candidate's ability to write clearly, explain ideas fully and justify an argument logically. We realise you will not have studied Economics at school yet. We therefore avoid testing candidates on specific aspects of Economics, but instead recommend that you have good exposure to economic debates in the media which will help you to observe how arguments are constructed. The paper will include a passage and accompanying data about a recent economic news story. There will then be questions which test a candidate's ability to interpret this data.
Candidates will be given an unseen piece of poetry, with an accompanying analytical written question. Candidates’ potential, analytical ability and clear, supported reasoning skills are assessed.
The geography examination will consist of a recent news article and accompanying data, and will ask questions relating to this. The best advice is the read the current news!
History: 16th century and 20th century*
The assessment consists of a source extract and questions on a topic of which no prior knowledge is expected. There are also some general questions - you need to choose just one to answer. Credit will be given for intelligent use of historical examples but these can come from a wide range of topics, so it does not matter what you are currently studying at school. The paper has been designed to assess students studying a range of different topics.
The French assessment will consist of a test of GCSE grammar, which may include tenses and agreements, and a short translation exercise.
Candidates will be asked to complete a range of grammar exercises on key GCSE grammar, in particular tenses, cases and word order. There is then a short writing exercise.
Candidates should have a good command of the following grammatical tenses: present; future; conditional and past tenses (p. indefinido, imperfecto and p. perfecto). They should also be able to produce elaborated opinions and have a sound knowledge of GCSE vocabulary and further grammar points. There will also be a short writing task.
Languages: Mandarin Chinese*
Candidates should be prepared to write a paragraph in Chinese about themselves, which should include a range of GCSE sentence patterns. They also need to read and answer questions on a short text and complete two translation exercises: Chinese to English and English to Chinese.
Mathematics and further mathematics* (two separate exams)
The assessment in mathematics will contain questions on topics which candidates will have covered as part of their GCSE or equivalent course in their current school. Candidates are not expected to complete every question on the test. There will be questions on a variety of topics, some of which may be unfamiliar as the test is designed to be accessible to candidates from a wide range of schools in which topics are covered in different orders. We are looking for good solutions to the questions on topics which have been covered. Please bring your calculator.
The assessment in further mathematics will contain questions based upon knowledge of GCSE topics. We are looking for evidence of potential to think mathematically when presented with topics in unfamiliar contexts. Please bring your calculator. You wil not be expected to answer every single question.
Music* (no examination assessment)
Candidates intending to take music as an A-Level subject will be invited back for interview if successful in their other three subjects and will then have a music audition. This audition has two components:
This will consist of playing two pieces: EITHER two contrasting pieces on one instrument OR one piece on two instruments. The level should be Grade 7/8 Distinction with good sight-reading skills. Candidates should also bring copies of any exams taken/competitions/holiday courses (eg Grade 7 or 8 Associated Board Mark Sheets etc). You could also bring any supporting documents form your instrumental teachers, particularly if you don't take music exams.
Candidates wanting to take A-Level music should ideally have taken GSCE music. You should bring with you a copy of one completed composition, a portfolio of work studied for GCSE, details of concerts you have been to/performed in and extra-curricular music involvement in your present school and/or out of school (eg. youth orchestras/choirs/church choirs/bands etc) plus any supporting documents from teachers.
Philosophy and ethics
In the philosophy and ethics assessment candidates will be asked to read a short passage of a philosophical or ethical nature and answer a few open questions about it. They will also be given the opportunity to discuss a philosophical statement. We do not expect students to have a background of religious studies or philosophy but instead we are looking for candidates who can analyse, critique, evaluate and express informed and measured opinions about controversial issues.
As this is a new subject for students, there is no specific prior knowledge required. However, given the nature of the subject, candidates will be given the opportunity to demonstrate an interest in political issues. There will be several written questions relating to current political issues facing the UK and evaluating the UK political system.
The biology assessment will be at GCSE level, but the questions will be general rather than referring to a specific syllabus. Most of the information needed will be in the questions and students will be expected to use this along with their knowledge of how science works to answer the questions. We understand that candidates will not have necessarily studied all topics in biology GCSE as they are only part way through year 11. Therefore any 'straight recall' questions will be on very basic biology learned at KS3.
The chemistry assessment will be at GCSE level, but the questions will be general rather than referring to a specific syllabus. Candidates will be expected to know core material and to be able to write formulae, balance equations, know some details about structures and bonding and chemical differences between metals and non metals. There will also be questions where candidates are expected to apply information given in the questions and carry out some simple logical calculations.
The physics assessment will be at GCSE level, but the questions will be general rather than referring to a specific syllabus. There are a range of topics covered in the paper and candidates are not expected to be able to answer every question fully, as we understand that not all the topics will have been covered yet. A solid understanding of Current Electricity and Motion will be an advantage for all candidates preparing to take the 16+ Physics assessment paper.