Sixth Form

Kirk Hallam Community Academy Sixth Form offers a range of A-level subjects for 16-18 year old students
who are looking for somewhere which will both challenge and support them in their studies.

To join the Sixth Form you need to have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivilent Level 2
qualifications. We prefer students to have at least a grade B at GCSE in the subjects they choose at A-level
but this is only an absolute requirement for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, German and French.

Students with a grade D in either GCSE Maths or GCSE English Language, but who satisfy the other entry
requirements, should not be discouraged from applying to the Sixth Form as we offer the opportunity to
re-sit..

Courses

We encourage prospective students to do lots of research on the subjects they are thinking of choosing to avoid any surprises once their courses start.

Your choice of A-level subjects should reflect your interests, your academic abilities, and any plans you have for your future career. We want you to be happy, healthy and successful whilst studying with us and subject choice is a key factor in all of these.

To help applicants make the right choice, they each have a guidance meeting with an admissions adviser at the application stage where their options are discussed, and also at enrolment, which takes place soon after the GCSE results have been published.

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Core Maths
  • Dance
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Law
  • Maths (Further)
  • Maths
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • PE
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Physics
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Studies

Enrichment and Learning for Life (PSHE)

Whilst academic success is clearly a very important part of Sixth Form life, it is not the only thing we are concerned with. We also provide valuable opportunities to help develop a student’s character, interests, abilities and aptitudes through activities designed to enrich the curriculum with the aim of helping individuals to realise their potential.

Students are encouraged to get fully involved with voluntary work, in and outside the Academy, residential opportunities, fieldwork trips, specialist workshops, drama productions, educational visits, student mentoring programmes, work experience, etc.

Learning for Life lessons are a compulsory part of your study programme here at Kirk Hallam.

Student Council

The Student Council plays an important role in our Sixth Form.

Elected by their peers, Council members provide the student body with an organised voice. The Council meets regularly to address issues, organise social events and feedback concerns to the Head or Deputy Head of Sixth Form.

In the past, the Council has worked closely with the catering manager to improve the lunchtime food provision, been instrumental in the re-introduction of a drinks vending machine and modified the Sixth Form dress code.

Social

Making new friends and feeling part of the Sixth Form is important.

Social events take place in both Yr12 and Yr13 and we encourage the involvement of the Student Council.

Students are able to use the school Sports Hall, Fitness Suite, Tennis Courts and Artificial Grass Pitches and they are encouraged to form sports teams.

The Student Common Room is available for food and drink, relaxation, table tennis and music.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you will find some commonly asked questions about Kirk Hallam Sixth Form. If you have a question about us and don’t see the answer here please email us and we promise to get back to you as soon as we can. Email: 6thform@kirkhallam.derbyshire.sch.uk

I’m in Year 11 at a different school, can I apply to join Kirk Hallam Sixth Form?
We are delighted to accept applications from anyone who is serious about wanting to do their very best at A-level. We encourage applications from students from other schools because everyone benefits from meeting new friends and having new people to work alongside.
How do I get to Kirk Hallam Sixth Form?
Some will choose to use the existing school buses. Alternatively, for those who live too far away to walk or cycle we are on a number of different bus routes with regular services – e.g. Black Cat, Ilkeston Flyer, 21, 23. Older students are able to use their cars or motorbikes.
Do Kirk Hallam Sixth Formers have to wear uniform?
No. All we ask is that our students dress appropriately for a place of work. Clothes should be clean, tidy and should not be distracting to others.
Do you have to pay to go to Sixth Form?
No. Sixth Form education is free of charge.
Does the Sixth Form do night classes or any part-time courses?
No. We offer full-time A-level courses in school hours to students who are between 16 and 18. We do offer the Extended Project and Duke of Edinburgh Award in addition to A-Levels.
Is food available?
Yes. Food is served in the school hall and the nearby Sandwich Bar at lunchtime. Cold drinks are available from the common room vending machine throughout the day.
Is it possible to get an apprenticeship after Sixth Form? I don’t want to go to university.
Yes. Not everyone wants to go to university when they finish their A-levels. Some people go straight into work and others into an apprenticeship. A-levels are valued by employers and trainers just as much as they are by universities so even if you have decided at an early age that university isn’t for you (and remember, you might change your mind) it would be foolish not to consider A-levels if you have the ability to succeed with them.
Can you get to the ‘best’ universities from Sixth Form?
Yes. Many of our students have gained places at the top universities in the country, including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham etc.
Can you get money for studying at the 6th Form?
Students from families with low incomes may be eligible for the Bursary. This provides a small weekly sum to help pay for books, travel etc. An application form has to be completed at the time of enrolment and certain documentary proof of income must also be supplied.
s it possible to have a part-time job and still go to Sixth Form?
Yes, but the emphasis has to be on the ‘part-time’. Our students are full-time and so any employment has to be in the evening or at the weekend and we recommend just one evening a week and one day at the weekend as the maximum you should take on. A-levels demand a lot of your time!
What are class sizes like?
Around 15 is the average class size.
Is there homework?
Oh yes! A-levels are much harder than GCSEs and a big difference is the amount of independent study they require. You are expected to do homework as this is a very important part of your learning but you are also expected to do your own reading about your subject, even when formal homework hasn’t been set. Notes made in class should also be reviewed regularly.
Does everyone who fills in an application form get in?
No. We only do A-level courses (and re-sit GCSE maths or English Language) and A-levels are not the way forward for everyone. We will look at your projected GCSE grades, your references and how you come across at interview and make a decision about whether or not to offer you a place. All offers are on the condition that the necessary grades are gained at GCSE and some offers require a student to undergo a ‘trial’ period to see how well they cope with the demands of A-level study.
How many subjects should I take?
Most Year 12 students are required to choose 3 A-level subjects and some also choose to study 4 - will will discuss this with you.
Do I have to attend every day?

Yes. You will have a personal tutor who will help you settle in to Sixth Form life and who will be there for you every morning to offer support, guidance and encouragement. The relationship you build with your tutor is such an important part of our support and guidance system that attendance to the daily tutor period is compulsory.

There is a clear link between attendance and success so we require our students to aim for 100% attendance to all of their lessons. Of course there are times when absence is unavoidable but we expect our students to demonstrate they are serious about their studies by keeping absences to an absolute minimum.

Do you get any free periods?
Yes, but we prefer to call them study periods. You are expected to attend all of your timetabled sessions but we also expect you to make productive use of your study periods. We have private study facilities and up to date ICT systems with fast, free, wireless broadband.
Can you bring your car on site?
If you’ve passed your test and you take it away with you at the end of the working day, yes! All drivers must, of course, drive considerately and park only in designated spaces.
Can you guarantee I will be able to do all of the subjects I want to?
A big advantage of being a relatively small sixth form is the high level of individual support we are able to offer our students. However, a disadvantage of our size is that sometimes a student’s first choice combination of subjects doesn’t fit in the timetable. We will always do our best to make sure that everyone is able to study the subjects they want to but a few may find that they need to choose an alternative 4th choice subject because their original clashes with one of their other choices. (A ‘clash’ is where two subjects are being taught throughout the week at the same times in the timetable.) Only very rarely are we unable to find a solution the student is happy with.