Admissions Policy

Moulton School and Science College (MSSC) admits students into the Sixth Form both from MSSC itself (internal applicants) and from other schools (external applicants). The admissions criteria are the same for both categories of applicant.


Admissions Criteria
  • The Sixth Form entry criteria, both general and for specific subjects (see ‘Entry Criteria’ document), must be met.
  • Students will be required to study 3 A Level (or equivalent) courses.
  • Students wishing to study Further Mathematics should select 4 courses.
  • In addition, most students are encouraged to follow either the Extended Project Qualification or Core Maths.
  • Students will be expected to meet the requirements of being a Sixth Form student in terms of their work, behaviour, attendance and dress.


General Entry Criteria
  • An APS of greater than 4.5 drawn from all GCSE results (from a minimum of 6 entries).
  • Either Maths Grade 4 and/or English Language or Literature Grade 4.

Note: Only one BTEC or GCSE equivalent vocational course may be counted. ECDL or similar non-GCSE equivalent courses do not count for Sixth Form entry.


Admissions Procedure
  • In December, the school holds a Sixth Form Open Evening. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to discuss prospective courses with subject staff.
  • Students complete an application form indicating their preferred subjects. They should seek advice from subject staff on their suitability for A Level study.
  • Provisional confirmation letters are then sent out shortly after the closing date for admissions.
  • In August, students confirm the courses they wish to take through a brief enrolment meeting.

The total number of external students (PAN) will not exceed 40 in any one year. If the school is oversubscribed for admissions to Year 12, as a result of requests for admission from external applicants, the final offer of places will be decided by applying the criteria that are used to determine admissions at the normal age of transfer to the school, that is at the age of 11 years.

These criteria for admission into the Sixth Form should not be taken to imply guaranteeing acceptance onto particular courses, for which there are specific entry requirements.

Courses are run dependent on viable numbers. Subjects attracting small numbers (i.e. fewer than 15 students) will be reviewed. Contact time may be reduced, Year 12 and Year 13 lessons timetabled concurrently, or the subject withdrawn to ensure viability. While we offer c.25 subjects, not all combinations are possible. Subject combination information will be issued as soon as it is available. Maximum numbers for specific courses would be determined by the availability of staffing and accommodation.


Admission Appeals

If a place in the Sixth Form is refused, parents have the right of appeal to the admissions authority for the school, which is the Governing Body. In such a case, please contact the Governing Body via email addressed to: quoting “Sixth Form Admissions Appeal”.



This is an important factor when considering which Sixth Form your son/daughter should choose. At post-16, students are no longer entitled to a free school bus pass. If you are eligible to apply for a school bus pass, you will need to apply directly through the Northampton County Council website where you will find further details about cost (£600 approximately) and deadlines. Late applications may result in a delay in receiving the bus pass.

There are bursaries available for those families on low incomes. Please contact the school Finance Office or a member of the Sixth Form team if you require further clarification.