Making the Move

Welcome to Ashfield Girls’ High School Sixth Form, we are delighted that you would like to know more about the vibrant and exciting learning experiences we offer as part of our Sixth Form Programme.

The transition to Sixth Form is a significant one in any young woman’s life, regardless of whether they are progressing through our school or joining us from another school. We hope that this page along with our Sixth Form prospectus will provide an overview of our Sixth Form programme, as well as the answers to any questions you may have. If however you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Our Sixth Form Team is on hand to make this journey as smooth as possible.

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What we Offer

25 Subjects

delivered by specialists in their fields


Year 14 Students

achieved 2 or more A Level Grades
at A* - E


Leavers go on to further and higher education


Money to Learn Education Maintenance Allowance

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Expert advice from our Careers Teachers

Opportunities to Grow


Student welfare and resilience are at the centre of our school

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What to expect

  • A unique and holistic Sixth Form Induction programme
  • Pastoral support from a dedicated team of staff
  • A caring, challenging and inspiring ethos
  • High quality teaching and learning
  • A proven track record of academic success
  • Study support and guidance
  • A broad range of courses in partnership with Ashfield Boys' High School
  • Careers guidance, University links and contact with employers
  • Opportunities for international travel
  • Opportunities to play a leading role in school through the Senior Student Council and the Student Leadership Team
  • A range of leadership and voluntary service programmes through external organisations
  • An efficient Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scheme
  • An innovative and vibrant environment

Subjects on offer at Ashfield Girls’ High School 2023-24

A Level and BTEC Courses offered

The majority of pupils return to our sixth form. Links with other schools have enabled pupils to follow additional courses specific to their career requirements.

Please note that a Level 2 PASS in OCN IT or OCN Applied Science will be accepted as an equivalent to a GCSE or BTEC qualification.

Please note that Occupational Studies qualifications or the Prince’s Trust (Personal Development & Employability) qualification, cannot be accepted as an equivalent for purposes of admission.

  • GCE Art & Design (AS)
  • GCE Professional Business Services (AS)
  • GCE English Literature (AS)
  • GCE Environmental Technology
  • GCE Government & Politics (AS)
  • GCE English Language & Literature
  • BTEC Health and Social Care
  • GCE History (AS)
  • BTEC Information Technology
  • GCE Life & Health Sciences (Double Award) (AS)
    This subject counts as two A levels and must be continued for the two years.
  • GCE Life & Health Sciences (Single Award) (AS)
  • GCE Media Studies (AS)
  • BTEC Uniformed Protective Services
  • GCE Religious Studies (AS)
  • GCE Geography (AS)
  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC Engineering
  • GCE Mathematics (AS)
  • GCE Moving Image Arts (AS)
  • GCE Photography (AS)
  • BTEC Applied Science
  • BTEC Travel and Tourism

Why choose to study with us?

The first question many students and indeed many parents ask is why choose Sixth Form?

The short answer is that post 16 study is fundamental in equipping our Sixth Form students with the excellent qualifications they require for entry into further and higher education. This however is just the starting point, our aim within Ashfireld Girls’ is to provide a rich variety of new experiences for students which will allow them to develop as resourceful, resilient and creative women as they discover the passions and enthusiasms which will shape and inspire their adult lives. Sixth Form study at Ashfield Girls’ is built on individual choice, independent learning and personal responsibility.

We believe these elements are essential in enabling our students to develop aptitudes which will allow them to flourish at university, college and the world of work beyond. We also place a strong emphasis on creating effective mentoring partnerships between staff and students, reflecting our focus on nurturing individual talent at a personal level. Each year a large number of our existing students choose to build on their established relationships and achievements by returning to our Sixth Form. It is here that they flourish in finding new opportunities and new responsibilities which ultimately allow them to become leaders within our school.

Within Sixth Form our students develop a strong sense of ownership of their school which we encourage through a clear focus on student voice within the Sixth Form. From this our girls gain confidence and a sense of belonging and value which they carry well into their adult lives. Each year in addition to the students that progress within the school, we are also privileged to welcome students from a range of other schools. It is with a great deal of pride that staff watch these students embark upon their next step as Ashfield Girls’.

Where some of our past students have studied after Ashfield

  • Ulster University at Coleraine
    Biomedical Science with placement year
  • Queen's University Belfast
    English and Sociology
  • York St John University
    International Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Liverpool John Moores University
    Computer Forensics
  • Ulster University at Belfast
    Photography with Video
  • University of South Wales
    Psychology with Developmental Disorders
  • University of Glasgow
    English Literature
  • Ulster University at Jordanstown
    Health Physiology
  • Queen's University Belfast
    Zoology with Professional Studies
  • Northumbria University
    Business Management
  • Ulster University at Belfast
    Human Resource Management
  • Ulster University at Belfast
    Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • University of Manchester
    Children's Nursing
  • Queen's University Belfast
    Criminology and Sociology
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
    Criminology (Foundation)
  • Queen's University Belfast
    Professional Learning Disability Nursing
  • Ulster University at Belfast
    Photography with Video
  • Queen's University Belfast
    History and International Relations
  • Queen's University Belfast
    Law with Politics
  • University of Stirling
    Social Work
  • Queen's University Belfast
    Criminology and Sociology
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Queen's University Belfast
    Criminology and Sociology
  • Stranmillis University College
    Religious Studies with Education
  • Ulster University at Belfast
    Communication and Counselling Studies
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Ulster University at Belfast
  • Edge Hill University Law with
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Ulster University at Belfast

Student Perspectives

Joining Ashfield after attending another school for 5 years was daunting.... Until I walked through the door. Immediately I was welcomed. I have really liked the teaching methods and facilities which are very modern. Ashfield also offers such a wide range of different A levels and BTECs that there is something that everyone will enjoy.


Ashfield Girls has offered me so much support right through, from the beginning of Year 8 to 6th Form. I decided to continue my education at Ashfield Girls’ as I knew that I would always have a large amount of support behind me, and that my teachers would, to the best of their abilities, push me to accomplish the grades that they know I am capable of achieving.


Entry into Sixth Form

Admissions Criteria for entry of pupils to Year 13

The Board of Governors expects that all applicants for admission to Ashfield Girls’ High School will support the ethos of the school as outlined in the Prospectus and that an application will indicate that parents agree to this precondition for entry.

The Board of Governors delegate to the Principal, or her nominee, those functions relating to the admission of pupils.

All information on record from a previous school must be available to the Principal before being considered for admission to the school.

For girls to be considered for entry into post - 16 courses they must satisfy three of the following criteria:

If you wish to join our Year 13 you should read the following carefully.

1. Entry into Sixth Form is dependent on achieving a minimum of;

Please note that a Level 2 PASS in OCN IT or OCN Applied Science will be accepted as an equivalent to a GCSE or BTEC qualification.

Please note that Occupational Studies qualifications or Prince’s Trust (Personal Development & Employability) qualification, cannot be accepted as an equivalent for purposes of admission.

2. Meet the entry requirements to the post-16 course set by the school for the subjects chosen.

3. Have evidence of attendance and punctuality of at least 90% in Year 12. (due to the unintended consequences of covid 19 this can be assessed on a case-by-case basis)

In the event of the school still not reaching its quota after the application of criteria 1-4, then the final place(s) will be offered to those applicant(s) who:

1. Have the highest grade scores over their best five GCSE subjects.

2. Live closest to the main entrance of the school (Holywood Road), as determined by a straight line measurement on an Ordnance Survey Map.

Exceptional circumstances will be considered

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