Welcome toNewark Academy Sixth Form

It is my genuine pleasure to be able to welcome you to Newark Academy Sixth Form (NA6).

At NA6, we are passionately committed to providing an excellent post-16 experience where inspirational teaching offers students the knowledge, skills and experiences that fully prepare them for their future pathway.

Through vibrant, innovative and expert teaching, which is informed by national and international educational research, students develop the resilience and tenacity to excel and they are challenged to be the very best version of themselves in everything they do.

Here at NA6, we offer a fully inclusive and integrated experience for students and centre our broad and balanced curriculum on our GREAT academy values and our ‘Dare to Excel’ motto. As a member of NA6, students develop their responsibilities to themselves and others through their ‘Crew’ membership and understand the importance of teamwork, responsibility and collaboration in helping themselves and others on their way to completing their own ‘learning journey’. Many of our Year 11 students choose to stay with us because they understand the importance of being a member of our Newark Academy Crew and the Crew of NA6 are provided with a range of opportunities to demonstrate excellence.

Maximising students’ development and achievement is central to our success and it is our aim that students leave us with a passion for life-long learning and as well-rounded adults, who are economically self-sufficient and ready and able to make a positive and lasting contribution on both the local and global communities in which they live.

Through our bespoke pastoral programme, our Crew Leaders provide guidance and support sessions to support our X12 students make the best start possible to life at NA6 as they look to move into X13 and post-18 provision including access to Russell Group universities and higher level apprenticeships. Our extensive careers guidance and crew programme also ensures students develop the confidence of character and the wider skills and competencies to make an effective transition to post-18 study.

We also offer a broad range of leadership opportunities and extra-curricular activities through our NA6 Diploma. Through this programme, our students demonstrate leadership qualities and, most importantly, they are ambassadors for the entire academy. They take great pride in continuing to shape and contribute to the excellent community to which they belong.

Ultimately, students are provided with the opportunity to experience a sixth form setting that is warm, caring and inclusive and focused on providing the very best teaching and learning alongside an enrichment programme that is unique and varied.

We hope from reading this prospectus that you feel that NA6 is the place where you can continue to develop and excel and we look forward to meeting you in the very near future.

Mrs J Hamilton-Smith 
Head of Newark Academy Sixth Form

Our GREAT values

We encourage our students at NA6 to demonstrate our GREAT values at all times and see the value of their contributions to society and the contributions made by others.

These core values ensure students develop strong relationships with others and develop highly prized personal qualities such as patience, strength of purpose, perseverance and humility.

Students demonstrate awareness of the positive impact they can have on their local community through the projects that they undertake as a part of the NA6 Diploma and it is through these experiences that they cultivate these personal qualities.

‘Dare to Excel’

Our ‘Dare to Excel’ motto builds upon the academy ethos of ‘Work Hard, Be Kind’ and our motto is securely underpinned by our GREAT values.

Our motto challenges students to do their utmost on a daily basis and with each task and challenge and to be the very best version of themselves.

We dare our students to constantly look for the next step in their learning and strive for excellence in everything they embark on. 

NA6 Diploma

The NA6 Diploma is a programme that recognises academic achievement and personal achievements such as excellence in sporting and artistic achievements together with volunteering and work experience.

Crew members are expected to study a minimum of three subjects in the Sixth Form and work towards achieving this diploma, which incorporates the AQA Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

There are four elements to this framework:

Core Learning: A-Levels and/or BTEC courses
Personal Development Programme
University of East Anglia MOOCs programme
EPQ: Accredited research project (worth 28 UCAS points)


Newark Academy Sixth Form teachers are highly skilled, experienced professionals who have a deep and varied knowledge of the subjects that they teach. Through quality first teaching, students are provided with the educational experiences that ignite imagination, inspire curiosity and challenge thinking.

Subject specialists use action research to ensure everyday practice remains at the cutting edge of teaching and learning and ensue that students are supported to achieve only the very best outcomes as they prepare to transition to the next phase of education or employment.

All students have timetabled lessons in each of their subjects along with independent study periods and access to additional learning resources across the academy and the Nova Education Trust.

NA6 Study Challenges

Teachers at NA6 recognise the importance of independent study and dare students to excel during their unstructured time through our NA6 Study Challenges. These challenges invite students to exercise their critical thinking skills and promote core study skills such as time management, problem solving and extended writing skills. These challenges are a key part of our success in supporting students to achieve and excel in their academic studies.


Learning extends beyond the classroom at NA6. We have a diverse and vibrant enrichment programme which gives students the essential skills and qualities that universities and future employers desire to see.

Students broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world and develop strong relationships with others through a variety of opportunities such as World Challenge, The National Citizens Service and a range of sporting clubs and unique societies which focus on personal interests.

We are a crew!

Students access a well-developed and carefully curated crew programme that seeks to provide support and guidance on personal welfare, finance, careers and core study skills.

NA6 Crew Leaders are experts and students meet with their Crew Leaders on a daily basis and are the first point of contact for personal and academic advice and support.

How do you like to study?

There are a variety of study spaces available at NA6 to cater for how students like to study.

In our Green areas, students can collaborate with others, conduct group study sessions and develop group presentations.

In our Amber areas, students can access our well-equipped ICT facilities.

In our Red area, students can work independently, study in silence and effectively prepare for examinations.

Our resource centre is well-stocked with a range of texts, revision materials and textbooks to promote wider reading opportunities to enrich and enhance students’ subject knowledge and understanding. 

Level 3 Course Guide

Click a subject below for full course details.

Business Studies

Digital Media

Health and Social with Child Care


Level 3 Extended Offer Course Guide

Click a subject below for full course details.

Health and Social with Child Care


Apply for a Place

Entry requirements

To study A-Levels at Newark Academy College you need to have achieved the following general college requirements:

Grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics plus three other GCSE (or equivalent qualifications) at grade 4 or above

To study Level 3 Extended Certificate or Diplomas at Newark Academy College, you need to have achieved the following general entry requirements:

Grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics plus three other GCSE (or equivalent qualifications) at grade 4 or above

If a grade 4 GCSE in English or Maths has not be achieved, students will be required to resit.

You must have achieved at least a grade 5 in the subject that you wish to study at A-Level.

Some courses advise a specific or higher entry requirement. These subjects are as follows:

Biology / Chemistry / Physics: Grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics, Grade 5 or above in all three separate sciences or Grade 6 in Science Trilogy

Mathematics: Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics

We know that choosing the right place to further your studies is a big decision and we would encourage you to come and visit us before making a final decision.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Apply Online

The application process for September 2022 entry is open: please fill out the form below to apply.

Please complete all the fields on the application form and ensure you enter a valid e-mail address so that we can contact you.

Please read through this form carefully before you start to complete it. You will be required to complete your personal details, information about your qualifications and your provisional course choices.

This form is used to collect information regarding your application to Newark Academy Sixth Form and will only be used for this purpose. We need the information collected here to enable us to manage this process effectively. The information is for internal use only and will be stored on our internal servers. This information will be kept in line with our data retention policy.

We will only use your contact details to share information with you that is relevant to this process.

If you have any concerns please contact us before you proceed.

1. Basic Information

Your e-mail address will be used to send you confirmation of your form submission, as well as to contact you to invite you for interview.

2. Contact Details
3. Additional Needs / Extra Support

Newark Academy Sixth Form values all students, acknowledges differences and will support all learners. As such, in order for us to know if and where any necessary additional support is needed, please answer the questions below. Additional information regarding your responses will be discussed further and confidentially at interview.

4. Examination Details

A reminder that the entry requirements for all students wishing to study at Newark Academy Sixth Form from September 2022 onwards are:

  • A '4' or above in English Language GCSE
  • A '4' or above in Mathematics GCSE
  • In addition, our A Level courses require a '5' or above in a relevant GCSE subject (Mathematics requires a '6')

If a student does not meet the entry requirements detailed above, we will unfortunately not be able to offer them a place on their chosen courses in September 2022.

Please enter details of all other examination courses, including type of qualification (if not GCSE) and predicted or achieved grades:

5. Provisional Course Options

All students beginning their study at Newark Academy Sixth Form will need to select the equivalent of three Level 3 courses, which they will study for the duration of their two years with us.

Before selecting your choices below, please ensure you have reviewed the course-specific entry requirements outlined in our Course Guide.

Study at NA6 can include a combination of A Levels and/or Level 3 Courses as follows:

  • 3 A Level Courses
  • 2 A Levels and 1 Level 3 Course
  • 1 Level 3 Diploma (Equivalent to 2 A Levels) and 1 A Level Course

Please be aware that in the unlikely event that a course does not receive sufficient interest at the interview stage, there is a chance it may not run; in this instance, alternative courses will be offered.

Please note, you can only select Additional Sport in block E if you have also selected the Single Sport option in block D.

Option AOption BOption COption DOption E
English LiteratureEnglish Language and LiteratureBiologyBusiness StudiesChemistry
DramaPsychologyScience (Applied)PhysicsSociology
Health and Social (CTEC)Business (CTEC)Digital Media (CTEC)Sport (Single CTEC)Sport (Additional CTEC)
6. Personal Statement

We would like to know more about you and why you would like to study with us at Newark Academy Sixth Form. Please include below a personal statement (maximum 4000 characters) detailing:

  • Why you want to study at Newark Academy Sixth Form
  • Why you would like to study the three courses selected above
  • What you would like to do after Newark Academy Sixth Form
  • Any further information about you, including hobbies, interests, voluntary work, awards or anything else you would like to share with us.
7. Publicity Material

Please indicate if we are your first choice and, if No, please could you let us know which is your first choice? Your answer to this question will not jeopardise your application with us.

8. Declaration

Please read the statements below, before confirming that you agree to these conditions and are happy to submit your application to Newark Academy Sixth Form for a September 2022 start:

  • I am, to the best of my knowledge, on track to achieve the entry requirements – a '4' or above in GCSE English Language and a '4' or above in GCSE Mathematics.
  • I am, to the best of my knowledge, on track to achieve a '5' or above in any relevant GCSE course as per the course specific entry requirements detailed in the prospectus.
  • I understand that submitting this application form is not a guarantee of a place, and that I will be contacted for interview, which will take place in the Spring Term 2022.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this application, which we look forward to reading!

You will now receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.

Once we have reviewed the information, you will be contacted via email to arrange an interview time.