6th Form

Please click on the link below to view the 6th Form Prospectus

Prospectus 2019-2020


Head of 6th Form

Mr M Chapman

Deputy Head of 6th Form

Mrs K Davies

Cwmbran High School has an open and inclusive 6th Form offering a range of A level and BTEC courses. We aim to provide high quality teaching in order that learners achieve their potential. Our 6th form team will help students plan for a successful future.

We have a dedicated team of 6th Form Tutors who will support each individual through the two years in order that they progress to university, training or employment.

The step up to post 16 education can be demanding. 6th Form learners are expected to develop greater self -reliance and the ability to learn independently in order to prepare for university and/or the workplace. At Cwmbran High School we offer support to our students and continue to work in partnership with parents in order to achieve this.

Entry requirements

The 6th Form provides a wide range of courses to cater for most post 16 students. Level 3 courses are demanding and therefore it is recommended that learners have at least five A*-C grades or equivalent at GCSE in order to access the courses. Learners who wish to study A level Maths, Biology, Chemistry or Physics are required to have a minimum grade B at GCSE. Students who have not successfully achieved a grade C in English or Maths at GCSE will be required to attend lessons and re-sit these in Year 12. For further information, please contact Mr M Chapman, Head of 6th form.

Uniform and Attendance

6th Form learners are expected to wear the correct 6th Form uniform and attend school regularly as in other years. There is a clear correlation between attendance and attainment and we must emphasise to students and parents the importance of regular attendance. External examinations will take place in May/June, after which lessons will continue as normal. Coursework deadlines vary throughout the year depending on the course. Learners must not book holidays, driving lessons or work during term time / lesson time.

Ensuring that students attend school dressed smartly in school uniform is the foundation for high standards in other aspects of school life, including a positive attitude towards learning and behaviour.


An Educational Maintenance Allowance (E.M.A.) is available to learnerss remaining in full time education post 16 where the family income falls within defined limits. Payments are strictly linked to attendance and to learning agreements. Mrs C Smith (Attendance officer) co-ordinates EMA in school for those learners who qualify. Please see the link below:


Private Study

All 6th Form learners will have periods of unsupervised private study on their timetables. During this time they will have the use of the 6th Form area. Many departments also encourage students to spend time studying in their subject areas. Students are expected to use this time productively and it is an important step in learning to be self-disciplined and independent. We recommend for every hour in lessons, learners should complete at least another hour private study.

Welsh Baccalaureate / Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

All 6th Form learners are required to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate / Skills Challenge Certificate. In order to achieve the overall Level 3 Welsh Baccalaureate, learners must complete the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, 5A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and Maths, and at least two other A level or Level 3 BTEC qualifications. More information available on the Welsh Baccalaureate page of this website and on the WJEC website.




University / UCAS

The process of University application begins in year 12 through the tutor programme and special events in partnership with local universities. Students are encouraged, advised and supported throughout the application process in order that they are successful in securing a university place that meets their needs.

For those students who aspire to Oxbridge, Russell group universities or particularly competitive courses such as medicine, special tuition or preparation is provided through the Seren network.


Super-Curricular activities

Whilst we place an emphasis on academic study, it is important that learners also gain as much relevant super-curricular experience as possible. Individuals are encouraged to be pro-active and build up experience that will help them move on to university, training or a future career. Learners are encouraged to volunteer in roles with younger pupils, supporting subject areas and through the school council and senior prefect teams. We aim to develop a strong sense of community through activities such as charity fundraising, sports coaching, working with younger pupils and music and drama activities.

Work experience

All sixth formers are encouraged to undertake a period of work experience, usually in an area relevant to their proposed course or career. This should be arranged by individual learners outside of normal lesson time. Learners are advised that it is essential for certain areas such as medicine, health related courses, veterinary science and teaching; in other areas it is strongly recommended as providing additional weight to a university or job application.

For further information or to arrange a visit to the 6th Form at Cwmbran High School, please contact Mr M Chapman- Head of 6th Form.