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Sixth Form

The decisions you make at Post 16 are some of the most important of your life; they will determine your higher education and future career options.


At Heston, you will be able to take advantage of a broad curriculum delivered by highly skilled and experienced teachers, with a track record of academic success. Above all, you will be joining a safe and caring community where every student matters and every student contributes to our vibrant community ethos. Independence in learning, leadership, team working and communication skills will be fostered through a variety of extracurricular opportunities such as Student Council, Debating Society, Charity Committee, Community Service, Duke of Edinburgh, sport and creative productions.


We have a strong record of securing offers from some of the most prestigious universities including Cambridge, Imperial College, UCL, King’s College, LSE, Warwick, St. Andrews, University of Arts, Birmingham and Nottingham. Our students have pursued a diverse range of disciplines including Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Engineering, Actuarial Science, Computer Science and The Creative Arts. We also offer full support for those who wish to follow the increasingly attractive route of Apprenticeship degrees.



Our Post 16 curriculum allows students the opportunity to pursue a challenging suite of subjects, suited to their interests, career goals and academic aptitude. We are highly successful at securing the best possible outcomes for students by tailoring the most appropriate programme of study.

We offer Level 3 vocational subjects in ICT, Business and Applied Science, with which students continue to secure excellent university places.  Our A Level subjects cover a broad range of disciplines. Furthermore, our students are able to access an even greater number of A Levels through the Hounslow Borough Consortium.


In addition, we offer a one-year Foundation Programme for students have not met the entry requirements for A Level. This enables students to secure Level 3 qualifications and progress to university.

16-19 Study Programme

All our Post 16 students will follow a high quality, individualised programme of study to ensure their success as they prepare for employment, an apprenticeship, university or further or higher education.

In our Sixth Form, all students can expect the following as part of their study programme:

  • Personalised career advice and guidance from our in-house Careers Advisor
  • Individual academic monitoring and support
  • Relevant vocational or academic qualification at Level 2 and Level 3
  • GCSE English and Mathematics
  • Opportunities to access external work experience
  • Tutorial Programme
  • Enrichment activities


Careers Advice

Throughout your time in the Sixth Form, you will receive impartial advice and guidance on what you need to do to reach your career aspirations.


English and Maths

Students who did not achieve a GCSE grade 4-9, or equivalent qualifications, in English and Mathematics, will be required to study these courses as part of their Post 16 Programme of Study.


Personal Development

You will attend a regular tutorial programme, which will consist of:

  • One-to-one Progress Reviews
  • Careers education
  • Employability skills

A PSHE programme that will include:

  • Equality & Diversity
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Finance & Lifestyle
  • Work & Progression
  • Safeguarding
  • British Values
  • Prevent Agenda
  • Citizenship


Enrichment Activities

As part of your Study Programme you will take part in a range of Enrichment activities which can include:

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Research Project
  • Educational speakers
  • Educational visits
  • University visits
  • Volunteering activities
  • Community Service
  • Sporting Activities



Excellent attendance is key to academic success.  Therefore, it is a requirement for you to attend all aspects of your Study Programme.

Curriculum Allocations


 POST 16  Lesson per week
 A Levels [per subject]  6
 BTEC Level 2  12
 BTEC Level 3 [Double]  12
 BTEC Level 3 [Single]  6
 PSHCE – compulsory  1
 Community Service – compulsory  2
 GCSE re-take  3



In deciding to offer a place in the Sixth Form, the following criteria will be used:

  • An average GCSE point score of 40+ to follow an A Level programme of study. Individual subject entry requirements must also be met
  • An average GCSE point score of 30+ to follow a BTEC Level 3 programme of study
  • An average GCSE point score of 20+ to follow a NCFE Level 2 programme of study
  • Courses will only be offered subject to demand and staff availability
  • Where a course is oversubscribed, places will be allocated on the basis of the Attainment 8 Score
  • Satisfactory references for external candidates
  • Guidance provided by the Year 11 Learning Coordinator, Curriculum Leaders and the Sixth Form Team


Students will not be permitted to repeat a course.

 Art – Fine Art  Grade 5 required in an Art subject at GCSE
 Art – Graphic Design  Grade 5 required in an Art subject at GCSE
 Art – Photography  Grade 5 required in an Art subject at GCSE
 Biology  Grade 6 in Biology or Combined Science and Mathematics
 Chemistry  Grade 6 in Chemistry or Combined Science and Mathematics
 English Literature  Grade 5 in English Language and English Literature
 Geography  Grade 5 in Geography
 Government & Politics  
 History  Grade 5 in History GCSE
 Mathematics  Grade 6 in Mathematics at GCSE
 Mathematics – Further  Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
 Physics  Grade 6 in Physics or Combined Science and Mathematics


 BTEC L3 Applied Science  Attainment 8 Score of 30 and preferably a grade 4+ in English and Mathematics
 BTEC L3 Business  Attainment 8 Score of 30 and preferably a grade 4+ in English and Mathematics
 BTEC L3 IT  Attainment 8 Score of 30 and preferably a grade 4+ in English and Mathematics


NCFE L2 Sale & Marketing Attainment 8 Score of 20 and preferably a grade 3+ in English and Mathematics



We offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities to broaden your learning experience and develop your cultural capital. In addition to academic excellence, our programme of enrichment will help you to develop into a confident and resilient young adult.

Much like university, there are a host of clubs and societies to join in the Sixth Form and, as senior members of the School, you will have an integral role in helping run them. Through positions of responsibility like the Senior Student Leadership Team, Student Learning Mentors and Wellbeing Champions, you will develop vital skills for the future: leadership, team working and communication skills, preparing you for the world of work.

The Debating Society promotes public speaking, critical thinking and communication skills, giving you the ability to think quickly, challenge existing views and explore new ideas. This equips you for high quality, well-reasoned decision making in your professional and personal lives as well as furthering your understanding of the ever-evolving world in which you live.  Above all, debating is good fun!

The Explorers Club Lecture Programme enables you to deliver and listen to lectures on a range of subjects as diverse as hillwalking and astronomy. We also invite a range of visiting experts to talk to you about their interests and, crucially, the programme allows you to share your passions with others.

Community Service is a compulsory feature of life in the Sixth Form, encouraging you to make a positive contribution to our community through supporting younger students in lessons, supporting literacy and numeracy in local primary schools, completing placements in local care homes and raising funds for charity.

The Extended Project Qualification is offered to targeted students alongside A-level choices. The pursuit of the EPQ requires great commitment, discipline and organisation. You will be able to enhance and evidence your communication, critical analysis skills and independence, which will benefit you when applying to university and prepare you for the demands at undergraduate level.

Most Able 


To support our most able students realise their full potential, the Director of Sixth Form delivers the Oxbridge Pathways Programme which includes:

  • Organisation of high quality internships with prestigious companies across both the public and the private sector
  • Visits to Oxford University and Cambridge University
  • Support with the organisation of appropriate work experience placements
  • Support with the writing of Personal Statement and Interview workshops
  • Support with applications to Oxbridge Summer Schools
  • Organising the attendance to Medical and Legal Career Workshops
  • Providing a named mentor for the A Level Extended Project

In Year 12, the top 10% participate in the Cambridge University Outreach Programme called “HE+”. Students attend a series of lectures and seminars that give information, advice and guidance on how to make successful Oxbridge applications, write personal statements and prepare for interviews.

Careers and Guidance 

Throughout your two years in the Sixth Form, you will receive practical advice and support to research career options, university courses, apprenticeships, writing personal statements, CVs and letters of application. All students will attend workshops to develop interview techniques.

Specialist careers education software is used to develop a professional profile, supporting university and apprenticeship applications. Furthermore, all students receive one to one careers support and attend targeted careers workshops

Student Destinations 


UCAS is the admissions process for students applying to further education at universities and colleges.

The majority of our students apply to UCAS, with increasing numbers gaining higher level apprenticeships in recent years, so a significant amount of time is allocated to the process of applications. The Sixth Form Team provides expert guidance and support to students to help them choose the most appropriate courses.

The UCAS widget links you directly to the UCAS website. Through simple navigation, it is easy for you to explore the information and advice UCAS has to offer. The content is reviewed regularly by UCAS so it remains up-to-date and relevant.

The section for parents is invaluable to the different stages of the application process. It includes a UCAS Parent Guide and the parent information tool.



There are subject guides and a range of useful resources to help you choose subjects and courses at:


You can also take a virtual university tour on many university websites, by visiting