• Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR
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Introduction to Sixth Form Entry

We welcome Sixth Form applicants and encourage talented candidates from all around the world.  It is important to note that the entry process is competitive and we are looking for candidates who are ambitious in their aims for University and beyond.

For details about our Sixth Form syllabus please click here.

The process for 2019 Sixth Form Entry is now open.

Candidates and their parents are strongly encouraged to visit Radley prior to the assessment day which is held in the Michaelmas term.  At the visit we will try to arrange a meeting with the Warden for an informal discussion and there will be a tour of the school. To arrange a visit please contact the Registrar. 

A video showcasing life as a sixth former at Radley College is available to watch below. 



The application process is explained below but in a small number of cases, later entry is possible and you are asked to contact the Registrar.

  1. Contact the Admissions Office to register your interest.  Application forms will be available from 1st June onwards in the year prior to entry.
  2. By early November in the year before entry, please complete and return the application form to the Registrar, and ask your son's current school to send us an up-to-date full Head's report.   If the school would prefer to hear directly from us, please let us know and we can request the report.
  3. In November in the year of entry, the Warden will consider all applicants and we will draw up a shortlist of those whom we wish to invite to the assessment.
  4. The Assessment:
    1.   Boys at schools in the United Kingdom: Candidates who have been shortlisted are asked to attend our Sixth Form Assessment Day which is held at Radley College in November, the year before entry.  The assessment will consist of two academic tests in subjects that the candidate wishes to take at A level (90 minutes each). Our Sixth Form exams are aimed at GCSE level.  Questions in History, Economics, Politics and Geography, in particular, are generic in order that candidates who have not studied the GCSEs are on a level playing field with UK candidates. Each candidate will also be interviewed by two dons, including a Senior Master. Questioning is designed to provoke a stimulating discussion where the candidate demonstrates a sense of curiosity and engagement with learning in its wider context, as well as some specialist knowledge where appropriate. Musicians will be invited for an audition during the assessment day and those who wish to study Art at A Level should bring their portfolio.  Talented sportsmen and musicians should complete an additional form giving details and will be asked to send references.  Outstanding candidates will be invited for either an early sports or music assessment.
    2.  Boys at overseas schools:  Ideally, in the best interests of boys and parents, we would like overseas candidates to come for our Sixth Form Assessment Day alongside the boys who are schooled in the UK.  Where this is not possible, shortlisted candidates will be asked to sit two tests in the subjects they propose to take at A Level which can be taken at their current school or at another appropriate test centre.  The test must be taken as close to the assessment date as possible but please note that applications can only be accepted if candidates come for a visit to Radley for an interview with the Warden before the end of November in the year prior to entry.   
    3. Mainland China: All applicants from Mainland China are asked to contact BE Education to help with the entry process.
      Shanghain Ellen Xu - ex@be.co or Beijing William He - william.he@be.co
      Late applications for entry are accepted in exceptional cases and candidates are asked to contact the Admissions Office.

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