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Sixth year students during a N.E.W.T. Potions class

"We're N.E.W.T. students now."
Ron Weasley regarding the trio's sixth year[src]

A sixth year is a student who is in his or her sixth year of magical education. This is the first year in which students advance to N.E.W.T.-level classes, based on the individuals O.W.L. scores for a certain subject, and depending on whether or not enough students want to take the specialised classes offered at that level.

During the sixth year

"As Hermione had predicted, the sixth years' free periods were not the hours of blissful relaxation Ron had anticipated, but times in which to attempt to keep up with the vast amount of homework they were being set. Not only were they studying as though they had exams every day, but the lessons themselves had become more demanding then ever before."
—The increased difficulty of sixth year[src]

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, sixth years are typically 16 to 17 years of age, although some may be older, if they have had to repeat a year like Marcus Flint.

The sixth year is the year in which students advance to N.E.W.T.-level classes. Based off of their O.W.L. scores, and depending on the minimum requirements of the Professor teaching the subject at that time, students are allowed to take any number of classes as long as they meet the requirements. Neither the core classes nor the elective courses are available to any student who does not meet said requirements. While students do have the opportunity to choose whether they wish to continue in particular subjects, those who begin studying N.E.W.T.-level subjects in their sixth year are expected to carry on with the subject into the seventh year, and sit the N.E.W.T. exam in that subject.

Sixth-year students are initially excited to have more free time, but this extra time is intended to help them study and do homework, as many, if not all, teachers assign more homework and give more difficult lessons in their N.E.W.T.-level classes.

Students in the sixth year may also elect to take part in Apparition lessons for a fee of twelve Galleons. Specialised classes such as Alchemy become available if there is sufficient demand.

Nonverbal spell are introduced to sixth year students. They are expected to be used in every lessons that require incantations afterwards, which could be proven troublesome if students possess dogwood wands, which refuses to perform nonverbal spells.


Known textbooks

Beauxbatons Academy

At Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, students take exams in their sixth year.


Hogwarts years
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