Sixth form

In the education systems of England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Jamaica and some other Commonwealth countries, sixth form represents the 2 years of post-GCSE academic education, where students start the first academic year in the sixth form (1st September) age 16 and finish age 17 (at the end of the academic year, 31 August) and start the second academic year in the sixth form age 17 and finish age 18. During the two years they prepare for their A-level (or equivalent) examinations. In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the term Key Stage 5 has the same meaning. It only refers to post-16 academic education and not to vocational education.


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