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Welcome to The University of Birmingham School

The University of Birmingham School Sixth Form is an academically selective Sixth Form open to students from across Birmingham and its surrounding communities. 

Find out more and download our Prospectus:

Our vision is to create a learning community that will transform lives by raising the aspirations of a very diverse student population, thereby maximising students' personal and academic growth to fulfil their potential and access the widest possible range of opportunities. Joining us in the Sixth Form is your opportunity to help shape the ethos of the School, and help us make educational history.

Our School is characterised by:

  • An overarching framework in Character Education which will build students' confidence, resilience and personal qualities so that they are able to become self-organised and motivated learners able to make the most of their curriculum opportunities;
  • A diverse enrichment programme, which will expose students to a diverse range of extra-curricular opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in support of job and university applications, and;
  • A traditional academic subject-based curriculum which will use a carefully formulated blend of content and process to help students attain the highest possible outcomes.

This approach is shaped by our belief that maximising a students' potential is not just about giving them knowledge, but about shaping the whole person, including their personal capabilities and character through enrichment activities, a thoughtful and engaged system of pastoral care, and a community including older students, teachers, trainee teachers, and mentors and coaches from the University's own students and staff.

Applying to our Sixth Form

All applications should be made directly through the application form on our website. The deadline for applications is 28 January 2019. All applications will be processed after this date.

Our entry requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs, in any subject at Grade 5
  • At least a Grade 5 at GCSE in the subjects you want to study at A Level (or 8 in Mathematics if you wish to also study Further Mathematics).
  • If you have not studied one of your A Level subject choices at GCSE, we will require a 7 in a related subject (such as in Mathematics to study Computer Science).
  • At least a Grade 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics.

If the school is oversubscribed, you may need to achieve at least a Grade A, or a 7, at GCSE in the subjects that you want to study.

Applications will be considered on the basis of predicted grades only; personal statements and references will not be used in our decision to offer a place to study. Offers will be conditional based on achieving the grades which meet our entry requirements.

About us

Studying A Levels
The University of Birmingham School offers a traditional academic curriculum in the Sixth Form. We want our students to have the widest range of options when they consider their next steps into employment or higher education so we offer a focussed range of A levels. Our curriculum emphasises the core disciplines, often referred to as the 'Facilitating Subjects' preferred by Russell Group universities.
At Sixth Form, you will study three A levels. Each A level course is led by an experienced subject leader, supported by a team of highly qualified teachers who bring outstanding subject knowledge and an impressive commitment to the ethos of our ambitious and distinctive School. As well as being taught by outstanding secondary school teachers, University of Birmingham School students benefit from the wide-ranging high-level research already undertaken by teachers in the school, as well as their links to research communities at the University of Birmingham and beyond. 
Character Education and Enrichment
In addition to academic study, we offer our Sixth Form a unique range off opportunities to develop skills and expertise in other areas, via our Character Education and Enrichment programmes. The Sixth Form day matches that of the whole School; lessons begin at 8:30am and the School day finishes at 4:05pm. Sixth Form are expected to be present at both morning and afternoon registration, and to follow the School Dress Code, which matches the requirements of a smart office environment.
Each week, two hours of Enrichment are timetabled, during which students can get involved in a diverse range of activities and experience the many opportunities the University, and the local community, have to offer. On a Friday afternoon, there is an extended period of time allotted to enrichment, and Sixth Formers are encouraged to arrange their own placements, volunteering for local charities, businesses or organisations in order to gain valuable life experience.
As part of our School day, our pioneering Personal Learning and Development (PLAD) programme, developed in liaison with the world-leading Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, based at the University of Birmingham runs parallel with our academic curriculum, but is also facilitated each day in students' pastoral time with Form Tutors. We have twelve forms of approximately 18-25 students in Sixth Form; this allows students to form a close relationship with their Form Tutor, who will be responsible for Students' pastoral care and University references, amongst other things. As part of students' development, Sixth Formers are invited to contribute to the leadership of the School; this could be mentoring younger pupils, fulfilling supervisory and mentoring duties, and taking part in and organising college and School activities.

Facilities available

The University of Birmingham School has an unapologetic focus on personal and academic achievement, and ultimately on gaining successful entry to higher education, vocational training and employment. As the University of Birmingham's first University Training School, we aim to approach the task of raising aspirations and achievement in an exciting and ground-breaking way. The Sixth Form are the crucial link between our 11-16 School and higher education, acting as aspirational role models to younger pupils and benefiting from the University of Birmingham School's links with the University of Birmingham.
Our School provides a spacious, modern, welcoming and professional environment for students and staff to learn and work in.
Our facilities include:
  • A dedicated Sixth Form Centre, including a social area, study space and careers office
  • Larger than average classrooms and laboratories
  • Specialist areas for many subjects, including: eight fully equipped Science laboratories and science ‘Super Labs’; Design and Technology workshops with state of the art equipment; a Graphics Studio furnished with a suite of iMacs, digital SLRs, and relevant software; a Music Studio and rehearsal room, with recording and editing equipment in addition to a wide range of instruments
  • A range of laptops, iPads and iPods used in lessons
  • A site-wide wireless network, which Sixth Form are able to access with their own devices
  • Access to world-leading subject experts at the University of Birmingham, who run guest lectures, workshops and provide academic support to our teachers
  • Access to specialist University facilities, including the Bramall Music Building and Barber Institute of Fine Art
  • A large and welcoming central atrium where pupils, staff and visitors meet, gather and eat together
  • A light, spacious and peaceful Library, for reading and independent study
  • Sports Hall, Drama Studio and Activity Studio, equipped for a range of performing arts and sporting activities
  • Access to the University playing fields, Sports Centre and Swimming Pool
  • An all-weather floodlit MUGA outdoor pitch
Links with a World-Class University
A distinctive characteristic of the Sixth Form experience at the University of Birmingham School is the involvement of the University of Birmingham. 
Masterclasses and guest lectures are an important part of the curriculum and you will have access to both the intellectual and physical resources of the University to enhance your studies and coursework (eg, library, archives, art collections, laboratories etc). 

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact The University of Birmingham School directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2018
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