Thank you for your interest in Hills Road Sixth Form College.

Post-results applications for 2017 are now closed

If you have any further questions about our application process, please contact Claire Anderson, Admissions Manager, via

In-area and out-area applications

The great majority of places will be offered to qualified 'in-area' applicants. 'In-area' applicants are those who, during the academic year prior to admissions, are: attending a Cambridgeshire Area Partnership (CAP) school (see the CAP website)

OR are living with their parent(s) in the Local Authority defined area served by the CAP schools (as defined by this list of 'in-area' postcodes).

All other applicants are classified as 'out-area'. We strongly encourage 'out-area' applications, offers from which are continuing to increase each year. For example, 250 out of 400 qualified out-area applicants in 2016 received an offer in either April or August. ‘Out-area’ applicants are encouraged to apply to more than one CAP centre to keep options open, and are also strongly advised to make provision in their own local area.

How to apply

STOP PRESS (Dec 2016) – ART HISTORY WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER ALL FOR 2017 ENTRY! (further details on our Art History page).
For technical reasons, Art History cannot at this stage be added to the subject list in the application systems below.
But if you wish to include Art History among your subject choices, there will be an opportunity to do this later through our online ‘course confirmation process’ (by adding Art History to your choices, for example in place of one of the subjects in your original application).

1. If you attend a CAP school, you should apply through UCAS Progress according to the internal timescales set by your school and no later than Thursday 12th January 2017, our deadline date.

The UCAS Progress online system is also available to some other schools, including:

  • Cambridge: Heritage School, St Mary's School
  • Fenland: Cromwell Community College, Neale-Wade Community College and Thomas Clarkson Academy
  • Huntingdonshire: Hinchingbrooke School
2. All other applicants should apply using the Hills Road Application Form (link below).

To complete this form, you will need:
  • The title and name (eg Ms A Smith) and school email address of the member of staff from your current school who will be able to provide us with your estimated grades and reference.
  • A personal statement detailing your career aspirations, why you want to study your chosen subjects and your other interests. You will be able to paste this directly into the form providing that it does not exceed the 4000 character limit (as for a UCAS personal statement, and equating to about one side of A4).
If you would like to be able to save your progress and complete the form later, or to be able to amend your responses, you will be able to create an account and return to the form by re-using the above link.

In addition to completing the Hills Road Application Form, applicants whose families are intending to move into the CAP area (as defined above) before 1st September 2017 are asked to send details of their intended move to (and to keep us updated about any progress or changes, especially contact details). If the applicant is taking different qualifications from those available in England/Wales, details should also be provided.

This form needs to be completed with enough time for your referee to enter their information. You should therefore aim to complete it according to the internal timescales set by your school and no later than Thursday 5th January 2017. On completion, an automated email will then be sent to your referee for their completion by Thursday 12th January 2017, our deadline date.

Applications for 2017 entry are closed but will reopen here on the publication of GCSE results on 24th August 2017.


 For entry in September 2017
  • 9th & 10th November 2016 - Hills Road Open Evenings
  • During December - Complete your application form with the help from your school
  • 12th January 2017 - Deadline for applications to reach Hills Road and all other post-16 CAP centres
  • During February - In-area guidance meetings and out-area online course confirmation process begin.
  • 6th February - Main guidance meeting day
  • March - Offers of places made to 'in-area' applicants
  • April - Offers of places made to 'out-area' applicants
  • July - Information Pack sent to students holding offers
  • 24th August  - GCSE Results day
  • Friday 25th and Tuesday 29th August - Main enrolment days
  • September - Induction days and start of teaching
More information on the Term dates webpage...

Links to further advice on the College website

The following tool checks to see if your estimated and actual Level 2 grades satisfy the College's minimum 6/B grade average requirement (based on Mathematics, English Language and your next four best grades):


Financial support

The government’s 16-19 Bursary scheme will be available to provide financial help for students in financial need, depending on family income. Students eligible for free school meals at their current school are also now entitled to free school meals for their two years at College too. The criteria for allocating money for both these schemes will be communicated to students during the application and enrolment process. For students entitled to free school meals, lunches will be provided through the cashless catering system that all our students use.


Provisional Transport Arrangements

Subsidised Train Transport

You may be able to receive a discount for travelling to and from the College.
Rail operators Great Northern & Thameslink and Abellio Greater Anglia grant a discount on selected routes to students attending a Cambridgeshire post-16 centre.

Students need to be under 19 years of age and in full time education to be eligible for the discount. Terms and conditions apply. Please see the following websites for details:

Subsidised Bus Transport

Cambridgeshire County Council have recently revised the information about subsidised bus transport, please visit their website where you will find details regarding entitlement to assistance and how to apply –

If you do not have access to the internet and require a paper copy of the booklet, please contact the Social and Education Transport Team on 0345 0455 208.

Stagecoach are now also offering a termly ticket, information is available here:

Please deal directly with the rail companies or Cambridgeshire County Council.
Financial support may be available for transport for those students who meet the criteria for financial support from the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Students are asked to apply to the College directly in such cases.