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

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. A record number of 260 out of 400 qualified out-area applicants received an offer in April 2017 (and a further 70 out of 150 qualified out-area applicants received a ‘post-results’ offer in August 2017). ‘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.

In making our decisions, we will take into account the criteria explained in our Admissions Policy. As well as considering the overall academic profile of students based on estimated grades, we also take into account the availability of space in the subjects applied for.

How to apply

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 Wednesday 10th January 2018, our deadline date.

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

  • Cambridge: Heritage School, Sancton Wood School
  • Fenland: Cromwell Community College, Neale-Wade Community College
  • Huntingdonshire: Hinchingbrooke School and St Peter's School.
2. All other applicants, including those who are moving-in to the area, should apply using the Hills Road Application Form (link below).

PLEASE NOTE: You are likely to find it easier to complete this form on a computer rather than on a mobile phone.

To complete this form, you will need:
  • An email address for a parent* who lives at home with you [*or your designated legal guardian].
  • 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).
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 Wednesday 3rd January 2018. On completion, an automated email will then be sent to your referee for their completion by Wednesday 10th January 2018, our deadline date.

Link for Hills Road Application Form: Hills Road Application Form 2018

3. Post-Results Applications
We also offer a ‘Post-Results’ application opportunity, after the GCSE results are published on Thursday 23rd August 2018. The lack of space in some subjects may prevent us from making offers in the spring, to many highly qualified applicants who we know would thrive here, and we welcome re-applications in August as well as new ones. We shall consider all post-results applicants in the light of their actual grades and the space which becomes available in their requested subjects. We were able to make more than 100 ‘post-results’ offers in 2017. 

To submit a post-results application, please visit the College’s website between Thursday 23rd and Monday 27th August and follow the link called ‘Post-results application form’, which will take you to an online form to complete.  Forms must be submitted no later than: 9am on Tuesday 28th August.


 For entry in September 2018


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 grade average requirement (based on Mathematics, English Language and your next four best grades):

If you have any further questions about our application process, please contact the Admissions Team, via