NCS Admissions Policy

Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre

ADMISSIONS POLICY 2016-17

All students are welcome to apply to the Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (the NCS). Applications must be made using the official application form which must be completed online, on the Sixth Form website between the dates specified.

The NCS plans to admit 300 students to Year 12 in the academic year commencing September 2017. Since the spread of student numbers across all courses on offer is not always uniform – i.e. some subjects attract a greater number of applicants than others and therefore fill up quicker – it is not always possible to meet students’ preferred subject choices even when the applicant’s predicted grades suggest they will meet the Sixth Form’s academic criteria for entrance.

The exact number of students admitted to Year 12 in September 2017 will thus depend on the Sixth Form’s ability to accommodate the actual subject choices of the students who apply. Applicants are asked to note that an offer of a place in the Sixth Form does not mean that actual admission to the Sixth Form is thereby guaranteed; actual admission to the Sixth Form is almost always contingent on the applicant meeting the full entrance criteria of the Sixth Form and for all the subjects for which s/he has applied.

The NCS is available for all existing students at partner schools if students fulfil the individual requirements of suitable courses. Remaining places at the NCS will be distributed in accordance with the oversubscription criteria, subject to applicants meeting the entry criteria.

The partner schools are: Cumberland School, Kingsford School, Lister School, Little Ilford School, Plashet School, Rokeby School, Royal Docks School, Sarah Bonnell School and Stratford School Academy.

The application window for admission in September 2017 is 2nd January 2017 – 10th February 2017. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 10th February 2017. All students who have applied to the NCS will be informed about the status of their application by no later than 31st May 2017.

 

OVER SUBSCRIPTION CRITERIA

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:

  1. Applicants from the partner schools who fulfil the individual grade requirements of suitable courses, details of which can be found on our website.
  2.  Looked after children or previously looked after children who fulfil the individual grade requirements of suitable courses, details of which can be found on our website.
  3. An applicant whose parent is (a) a member of staff at the Sixth Form for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission is made or (b) a member of staff recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  4. Applicants whose estimated GCSE grades indicate that they will meet the entrance criteria for all of their AS level subject choices and where there are spaces on all four of their chosen courses. In the event that this presents difficulties (for example where two or more applicants fulfil the entrance criteria and where giving a place to both / all of them would mean a course becoming oversubscribed) then the place will be offered to the applicant with the higher/highest predicted GCSE grades in the subject(s) relevant to the application.
  5. Applicants whose estimated GCSE grades indicate they will meet the entrance criteria for all four of their AS subject choices, but where there is no space on one of their chosen courses once the third criteria (3 above) has been applied and where the applicant is willing to accept a place on an alternative course i.e. one where there is space and they meet the entrance criteria.
  6. Other applicants who fulfil the individual grade requirements of suitable courses, details of which can be found on the website www.thencs.co.uk

 

Waiting list

It may be that some applicants do not receive their predicted grades, or decide not to attend the NCS. We will therefore establish a waiting list, with applicants prioritised in line with our over subscription criteria. The waiting list will operate up to the end of the first half term of any academic year. In year admissions will not be accepted after that due to the specialist nature of the provision.

 

Admissions appeals

Those who are offered a place at the NCS will be informed by no later than 31st May 2017. Applicants who are not offered a place through this process have a right to appeal against this decision. The NCS will establish an independent appeals panel to hear such appeals.

 

Late applications

Applications received after 10th February 2017 will only be considered should places remain after the consideration of all applications received on or before 10th February 2017.

 

Equality and diversity

The NCS in operating admission arrangements will do everything it reasonably can to enable every student to perform at their best, and in making acceptance decisions will not discriminate between students on grounds of gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, or sexual preference provided they meet the criteria for entry.

 

NCS ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 2016-2017

  • In order to study A Levels, students need a GCSE point score of at least 52 from their eight best GCSEs (this must include Mathematics and English language).
  • Students must have at least a GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics to study A levels.
  • If students choose a subject at AS level that they have not studied at GCSE, their other grades will be taken into consideration.
  • Students wishing to take two Sciences at AS level must have an A*-B grade in combined science and an A*-A in additional science (and where relevant an A*-A in further additional) or an A*- B grade in one of the single sciences and an A*-A in the other (for the avoidance of doubt these grades must be achieved in the sciences a student wishes to study at A level).
  • Students wishing to take 3 sciences at A Level must have A*-A grades in all their single sciences or their core and additional sciences (and where relevant further additional science).
  • Further Maths will be available to those students who have achieved at least a grade 8 at GCSE; if students take Further Mathematics they must also study an AS level in Maths Statistics, so this means two Mathematics AS levels.
  • Mathematics (Mechanics) is normally taken with Physics; Mathematics (Statistics) is usually taken with a Social Science or Biology. Either could go with Chemistry.
  • Students who get a U grade in their AS examination will not be permitted to continue the subject into Year 13.
  • There is an expectation that students will achieve a minimum of 3 C grades in their AS exams to continue into Year 13. Consideration will be given to students in exceptional circumstances.

 

INDIVIDUAL ENTRY REQUIREMENT CRITERIA

A Level Subject GCSE Grades
Maths  Grade 7-9 in Maths
Further Maths Grade 8-9 in Maths
Biology Grade 6-9 in Maths + at least one Science GCSE A*-B Grade
Chemistry Grade 7-9 in Maths + at least one Science GCSE A*-B Grade
Physics Grade 7-9 in Maths + at least one Science GCSE A*-B Grade
Economics Grade 6-9 in Maths  + Grade 6-9 in English Language
Psychology Biology A*-B + Grade 6-9 in English Language
English Literature Grade 6-9 in English Language and Literature
History History A*-B + Grade 6-9 in English Language & Literature
Geography Geography A*-B + Grade 6-9 in English Language & Literature
Religious Studies Religious Studies A*-B + Grade 6-9 in English Language & Literature

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE 2017

Applications open                   2nd January 2017

Applications close                   10th February 2017

Final offers made                   31st May 2017

Summer induction                  TBC

Enrolment                               24th August 2017

Term starts                             4th September 2017

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