Bedford School offers boys the choice of studying A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma during the Sixth Form. We strongly recommend that boys visit the school to talk through their Sixth Form education with the Head Master and the Director of IB, if appropriate.

Entrance assessments for the Sixth Form are held in the January of the intended year of entry and boys are asked to indicate their preferred A-Level or IB subjects in advance of the assessment day.

Boys who are not applying for an Academic Scholarship sit a Verbal Reasoning paper and have an interview with a senior member of staff. We also request a confidential reference from the Headteacher of their current school which should include an indication of your son’s predicted GCSE grades.

For boys who wish to be considered for the 16+ Academic Scholarship, this process replaces the normal Sixth Form entrance assessments. These boys are required to sit two subject papers of their choice plus a Verbal Reasoning paper. They are also required to have a formal interview with the Head Master or another senior member of staff, and we will request a confidential reference from the Headteacher of their current school.

Offers made after the Sixth Form assessments in January are conditional on performance at GCSE and will be confirmed once GCSE results are published in August.

For both A-Level and IB a minimum of C grades are required in Maths and English.

For A-Level, they will need minimum of grade B in their chosen four A-Level subjects. The exception to this concerns boys wishing to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths at A-Level who will need to have achieved a minimum of an A/AA grade at GCSE/IGCSE and boys studying the IGCSE Double Award Science specification wishing to pursue a Science A-Level will need a minimum of an AA in Science in order to study the subject at A-Level.

For IB, your son would need to achieve a minimum of B grades at GCSE/IGCSE for their chosen Higher Level subjects, and a minimum grade profile at GCSE/IGCSE of BCC for their chosen Standard Level subjects. The exception to this concerns boys wishing to study HL Physics, Chemistry and Biology who are required to get a minimum A grade at GCSE/IGCSE (or AA grade if studying Double Award Science); those who wish to study Higher Level Maths are required to get an A* at GCSE/IGCSE, and those wishing to study Standard Level Maths are required to get a minimum of an A/AA grade at GCSE/IGCSE.

Boys who have applied for Music, Sport, Art or Drama Scholarships will be required to attend separate assessment days for each area applied for.