Entrance Procedure

Entry at 13+

As a general rule we suggest that prospective pupils currently attending UK preparatory or junior schools visit the College when they are in Year 6. Initial enquiries are often made before then and it is routine practice for parents who are narrowing their options to pay an initial visit to the school when their child is in Year 5.

For entry at 13+ we recommend that you register your child a minimum of two years ahead of the proposed term of entry. There are three methods of entry:

  • 13+ Common Entrance (CE) Examination taken in June of the year of entry.  Pupils are expected to achieve an average of 50%.
  • Malvern College Entrance Tests taken in January/February in the year of entry. This is for pupils who have not been prepared for CE. Candidates will be tested in Science, Mathematics and English.
  • The Independent Schools Examination Board Common Academic Scholarship taken at the school in February of the year of entry.

There are several occasions when pupils will be invited into school as part of the admissions process, including an Admissions Day held in the November of Year 7.

Entry at 14+ (Year 10)

Registration should take place at least 18 months in advance of the proposed term of entry. Admission is dependent upon a satisfactory performance in both the Malvern College Entrance Tests and at interview. Prospective pupils should visit the school in the year prior to entry.

Entry at 15+ (Pre-Sixth Form Course (Year 11))

Each year we admit a number of 15 year old children to our Pre-Sixth Form Course (Year 11). This course is intended to prepare and qualify pupils for Sixth Form study in either A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) and is specifically designed for international pupils or British children living abroad who until this point have not been educated in the UK system. Most pupils will take six or seven IGCSEs (maximum eight), but this is dependent on their progress through the year.

Entry at 16+

Each September approximately 30 - 40 pupils are admitted into the Lower Sixth to begin a 2 year A Level or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Course (the split across the Sixth Form is broadly 50/50). Parents should register their child 18 months in advance of the proposed term of entry.

In order to gain a place in the Sixth Form, pupils are expected to gain a minimum of six (I) GCSE passes which must include the following:

- English and Mathematics
- a minimum of three grades "5"s
- a minimum of three grades "6"s
- at least "6"s in the three subjects they wish to study at A Level or International Baccalaureate Higher Level.

In addition, at least a "7" will be required for Maths A Level and at least "8" for Further Maths A level and IB Higher Level Maths. While a "7" or above is advisable for A Level or IB higher level science subjects it is not essential. We also require pupils to pass entrance tests in their chosen A Level / Higher Level subjects (in the November of the year prior to entry) and all candidates must visit the school for an interview before an offer of a place will be made

References will also be sought from the pupil’s current school.

Pupils based overseas may sit their entrance tests either at Malvern College or an authorised office, and arrangements should be made with the admissions office.

Sixth Form Timelines for 2020 Entry (PDF)


Our Open Days provide prospective pupils and their families with the opportunity to take a tour of our school, talk to our teachers and pupils, and learn more about our outstanding pastoral care.

Forthcoming Open Days:

Saturday 21st March 2020

Saturday 16th May 2020


Registration provisionally reserves a place for your child at the College subject to them meeting the entry criteria. Registration is a firm expression of your interest in the College but in registering your child you are not committed to Malvern at this stage. Parents might register their children with several schools while they thoroughly explore a number of options and then confirm with their preferred school later in the process.

If your child currently attends our associated prep schools, The Downs Malvern and Abberley Hall School, then they may already have a place reserved at the College but this will depend upon whether you ticked the required box on the registration form.

Parents of overseas pupils are asked to forward a copy of their child’s last two school reports and contact the admissions team prior to submitting the Registration Form and paying the Registration Fee in order to confirm that there are places available.

To register your child, please complete the online registration form below and pay the registration fee of £200.

Alternatively, please print and complete by hand the Registration Form found below and return to the admissions team with the Registration Fee (£200) by post or scanned and emailed.

House Preference

At Registration we also provide the opportunity for parents to indicate a preference for a specific House (if known). We will always do our utmost to meet a family’s preference, but there is obviously a limited number of day and boarding places available in each House and there will inevitably be times when one or two Houses are full. For this reason parents are asked to indicate a second preference.

We regret that we are unable to guarantee a place in a particular House until the child's place is fully confirmed but it is possible to provisionally reserve a place up to three years in advance if he/she is registered and has had a formal visit of the school.


Please note that places are not automatically reserved for younger siblings in the same house as their brother or sister unless expressly requested. Where we are aware of a younger sibling, we will make a note of their name on our house lists for future planning but they must be registered and have had a formal visit to the College before a place is reserved formally for them.

As we may not always be aware of a sibling connection, we recommend that parents contact us as far in advance as possible to bring it to our attention.

This also applies to children attending our associated prep-school, The Downs Malvern.

Confirming a Place

To confirm a child’s registered place, parents will be asked to return the signed Acceptance Form and pay the Acceptance Deposit. We would always recommend confirming as soon as possible in order not only to secure a child’s place in the school, but moreover, to guarantee a place in the preferred House. There are however two separate timelines that apply:

  • The parents of pupils entering the College in Year 9 via Common Entrance or the Common Academic Scholarship will be asked to confirm their child’s place 20 months prior to the date of entry (i.e. not before 1st January in the year prior to the year of entry) or on Registration whichever is later. This is conditional upon the child having visited the College. 
  • Parents of pupils entering the school via the Malvern College Entrance Tests will be asked to confirm within three weeks of being informed that their child has successfully passed the tests. Again this is conditional upon the child having visited the College. 

The Acceptance Deposit is not normally refunded if a pupil does not take up the place that has been allocated to them unless this is due to failure to pass the entrance examinations. In the case of pupils who are admitted, the Deposit is refunded as a deduction from their final account after they have left the school. It thus serves during a pupil’s career in the school as a deposit against the payment of those charges that are made in arrears.