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In the education systems of England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and some Commonwealth countries, sixth form represents the final 1-3 years of secondary education (high school), where students (typically between 16 and 18 years of age) prepare for their A-level (or equivalent) examinations.

In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the term Key Stage 5 has the same meaning.

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Yes, it's me on the same day 30 seconds later, but This is a new video and today. I'm going to be giving you some advice things I wish I had known going into sick form number one you will drink lots of tea No, but seriously today. I'm going to be giving you some Heart-to-heart advice and some things I basically wish I had known before I started year twelve I know that lots of you have started year 12 I know that's a huge chunk of my audience is just so dang sick form It's just so exciting because it's such a good year 12. I loved year 12, but it's hard It's a hard time, and it's especially daunting to go into so hopefully you can sit down have a cup of tea with me watch this video and Just like a hopefully like catch a little bit of what I like to call new wisdom which is not real wisdom It's just wisdom. I've made up If you haven't subscribed feel free to do so now. I'll give you a little break to do it Okay, okay, so I am gonna be breaking this down just a little bit. Just because otherwise it's like a Rambler blessed And I do like those but not today University kind of stuff Academic work-related stuff, and it's just some general advice Daunting I'm sorry. I just said it in the wrong order. We're starting instead with the academic stuff, so It's going to be harder than GCSE I know you've already heard that I'd already heard that but I wish someone had like Explained to me properly like it's gonna be very different Not just harder but different the style of work the style of homework The way you do things the type of stuff you learn, it's just like it's different And you kind of just have to like accept it and to be a little bit patronizing just for a second like Get over it a little bit I know it's really hard and obviously if you're having actual trouble struggling with something this advice is not for you So this is my tough love Get on with it. I know you can do it You need to put more time in knew this was my advice that I wish I'd had put more time And then you did for GCC you can't just rattle off a homework because it won't go in you won't remember it and you won't understand anything else for the rest of this is really important to understand topics as Soon as you start doing them especially in things like science in maths in like history if you don't know who the king is And then you like to study him for like three weeks It's just not gonna work so get your head in the game at the beginning Stay on top of everything and it will be so much easier Lee to that the classic notes and organization Please keep everything neat Keep your notes as neat as you possibly can write as many as you can make it as easy to revise as possible because it Will have so much to revise at the end of two years Trust me trust me So please keep everything as organized as you can and as ready as you can to just revise from straightaway That will make your life so much easier. I didn't do it. So you should do it There's some more University related things is number one You don't need to know what you want to do that applies to non university things as well You don't need to know that you don't want to do University and that you want to do this or you want to go here And this is what you want to study or not study You don't need to know that at the beginning of year 12, you've got lots of time to think about it You've got lots of people who want to help you it's perfectly normal some people were changing up until like January of year 13 they like emailed the University I want to change my course It's okay it happens I had no idea what I wanted to do until the end of year 12 Even then I was like do I really want to do this even though I'm like do I really wanna do this But I know I do and it did take time and there's a certain element of like Exploring your a-levels before you can work it out that being said the more you can do to support your application And your personal statement towards Having a university or a job or any anything actually doesn't have to be University the more you can do in your first year when? You're not as busy the better now you say new But I don't know what I want to do so how do I prepare for it well for instance? I did a course in Forensics online and I was like this is not for me, so I thought okay well I don't want to study that anymore. No they thought there's a biochemistry course ah This is for me so by doing those things that were support for my application Actually worked out what it was I wanted to apply for so if you know what you want to do perfect Read as much as you can go to as many lectures as you can in your first year If you don't know do the same and you might find out what it is you want though? There is a certain element of balance involved in sixth form life. There's a lot going on There's like social stuff. There's sport and school related stuff. There's your work There's you cast stuff or whatever the equivalent is for you There's a lot going on and you have to juggle it all so being on top of things is a very good Thing to be to be you know Things you, and this is just advice to you as opposed to something I wish I'd known because I did know it and I did do it and it helped Be organized and stick to a way of organization, so I had a homework diary for two years And I filled out my homework diary in the same way Every day for two years, and it was so easy To see what I needed to do to keep on top of things because you know work was written in one bit and other stuff Was written in another bit and stuff I was doing at like different times and rehearsal dates also stuff were written in other bit in Different like sections. I knew where to look when I wanted to know what I needed to do It was very easy to organize everything I had little checks that I did every night to like make sure I'd done everything I needed to do smooth sailing for the most part so that's something I recommend that you start at the beginning of sit form get into a bit of a routine and lastly just kind of a bit of Solace for you, hopefully sick formal life and a levels are Extremely up and down though. It's okay Don't worry. If you do really badly on one topic there were topics that I struggled with Literally until a week before my exams, and I finally got them and it was such a good feeling But I struggled with them for two years or for the year. Whatever it was It's hard and there are low bit and there are high bits and there are gonna be things you're really good at in the core And things you're not good at and there's going to be times in the year when you're doing really well Times in the year where you're not doing so well and a levels are a bit up and down But it's your job to try and keep it as steady as you possibly can by being consistent with the effort you're putting in and like consistent with how you're approaching things trying to like understand as you go and Basically keep on top of everything you're doing Don't worry if you're finding it hard, or if you're not finding a hard yet But some people are and you're like ah should I be finding this hard Everyone's different everyone has ups and downs, and it's totally expected just keep pushing on through So I really hope that something I said in this video. Helps you out If you've just started thick form and you're having a great time Good because it's really fun if you've just started sick form and you're finding it really tough Don't worry because everyone has been there where it's been a lot And it's very different to anything you've done before so you know keep going you've only just started There's plenty of time, and if you actually find yourself having a problem a months or two months down the line There are plenty of people you can go and talk to about that but for now keep trying It's early days And I'm sure you'll get to wherever it is you want to be I hope that this was useful to you And I will see you a level results 2017 gcse noo


England and Wales

The term sixth form describes the school years numbered 12 and 13, which are called the Lower Sixth (L6) and Upper Sixth (U6) by many schools.

The term survives from an earlier system when the first five years of English secondary schooling were known as forms (which would originally have been long backless benches on which rows of pupils sat in the classroom). Pupils started their first year of secondary school in the first form or first year, and this was the academic year in which pupils would normally become 12 years of age. Pupils would move up a form each year before entering the fifth form in the academic year in which they would have their sixteenth birthday. Those who stayed on at school to study for A-levels moved up into the sixth form, which was divided into the Lower Sixth and the Upper Sixth. In some private schools, the term Middle Sixth was used in place of Upper Sixth, with the latter being used for those who stayed on for an extra term to take the entrance examinations that were previously set for candidates to Oxford or Cambridge universities. Other schools described these Oxbridge examination students as being in the Seventh Form or Third Year Sixth.

The system was changed for the 1990–1991 academic year and school years are now numbered consecutively from primary school onwards. Year 1 is the first year of primary school after Reception. The first year of secondary school (the old first form) is now known as Year 7. The Lower Sixth is now Year 12 and the Upper Sixth is Year 13. However, the term "Sixth Form" has still been retained as a vestige of the old system and is used as a collective term for Years 12 and 13. Public (fee-charging) schools, along with some state schools, tend to use the old system of numbering.

In some parts of the country, specialist sixth form colleges were introduced. A large proportion of English secondary schools no longer have an integral sixth form. This is mainly related to reforms in the later 20th century, where different political areas became a factor in the introduction of colleges instead of the original sixth forms. There are now numerous sixth form colleges throughout England and Wales, and in areas without these, sixth form schools and specialist further education (FE) colleges called tertiary colleges may fill the same role.

Sixth form is not compulsory in England and Wales (although from 2013 onwards, people of sixth form age must remain in some form of education or training in England only; the school leaving age remains 16 in Wales); however, university entrance normally requires at least three A2-level qualifications and perhaps one AS-level. Students usually select between three and five subjects from the GCSEs they have just taken, for one "AS" year, the AS exams being taken at the end of Lower Sixth. Three subjects are then carried into the A2 year (the dropped AS being "cashed in" as a qualification) and further exams are taken at the end of that year. The marks attained in both sets of exams are converted into UCAS points, which must meet the offer made by the student's chosen university.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, the equivalent of Reception is "P1", and the equivalent of the English Year 1 "P2", while the first year of secondary school is known as Year 8 or first year (rather than Year 7 as in England), and following that Lower and Upper Sixth are Year 13 and Year 14 respectively.


In the Scottish education system, the final year of school is known as Sixth Year or S6. During this year, students typically study Advanced Higher and/or Higher courses in a wide range of subjects, taking SQA exams at the end of both S5 and S6. Pupils in Scotland may leave once they have reached the age of 16; those who reach 16 before 30 September may leave after national examinations in May, whilst those who are 16 by the end of February may leave the previous Christmas.

It is not essential for candidates to do a sixth year if they wish to attend a Scottish university, as they have obtained adequate Higher grades in S5 and may apply and receive acceptance, though this is conditional on being successful in the examinations. However, the vast majority of Scottish students return for S6 if they plan to attend university. Some English universities will also accept Scottish students who have obtained adequate Higher grades in S5. It was announced in December 2008 that, as from 2010, UCAS will increase the number of points awarded to those who achieve Highers and Advanced Highers.[1]

In some cases, particularly in independent schools, the term sixth form is also used for the last two years of secondary education.

Preceded by
Fifth year
Sixth year
Succeeded by
Higher education

Other countries

In some secondary schools in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, the sixth and seventh years, are called Lower and Upper Sixth respectively.

In India and Nepal, it is the "+2" part of the "10+2" educational system.

Similarly, the term sixth form is also used to define the final two years of education before entering university in Malta.

In Malaysia, a sixth form is known as "Tingkatan 6," and lasts for three semesters.

In Singapore, however, the equivalent of a sixth form college would be called a junior college, where pupils take their Cambridge GCE A-levels after two years. Prior to the 1990s, these two years were known as "Pre-University" (Pre-U) 1 and 2.

In New Zealand, under the old system of forms, standards and juniors, sixth form was the equivalent of Year 12 in today's system. Year 13 was known as seventh form. Australia also sometimes uses the term for year 12, though the Australian year 12 is equivalent to the NZ Year 13 / seventh form and the UK's upper sixth / Year 13.

In Brunei, sixth form comprises Year 12 and 13, which may also be referred to as Lower and Upper Six. At the end of the schooling, students sit for Brunei-Cambridge GCE A Level.[2] Students may also opt to take Advanced Subsidiary Level or AS Level halfway at the end of Lower Six or halfway through Upper Six. Sixth form is not compulsory, but a preferable choice for students wishing to continue in academic studies leading to university level.

In some college preparatory schools in the United States, such as The Hill School, Woodberry Forest School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Kent School, Pomfret School, The Church Farm School, The Haverford School, Portsmouth Abbey School and more, sixth form refers to the final year of education prior to college. It is the equivalent of twelfth grade in the US education system.

See also


  1. ^ BBC News Website
  2. ^ "Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam - Post Secondary Education". Retrieved 15 November 2016.

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