What?

Sixth Form means year 12 and 13 (the two years after GCSEs) when you typically study A-levels or Level 3 BTEC courses for two years in a school or college classroom.

A-levels are generally a continuation of your favourite or best GCSEs in traditional (‘facilitating’) subjects, such as Maths, History, Geography or Chemistry and ‘new’ subjects, such as Psychology, Sociology, Accounting or Textiles.

Level 3 BTEC courses can be studied instead of (or alongside) A-levels and these typically include more work-related subjects such as Business, Health & Social Care, Sport or IT.

 

Why?

By choosing Sixth Form you are deciding to stay on in education (mostly in the classroom) and will favour academic study and exams.

However, your next career path might also influence your decision (e.g. Higher Education entry requirements may specify certain A-Levels) so research this carefully before choosing if, what and where to study.

 

Which?

Having decided to continue on into Sixth Form, your main options are to:

  • stay on in the same school community – assuming there is a sixth form pathway
  • change schools – perhaps to one with a more relevant choice of sixth form subjects
  • study in the sixth form at a Collegeif this is a preferred environment

Your choice of where to study could be influenced by a number of factors including:

  • location / catchment area restrictions
  • student numbers
  • travel arrangements
  • student age range
  • choice of subjects
  • course structure
  • social/extra-curricular opportunities
  • cost

 

Where?

Sixth Form education is available at a variety of establishments including most, but not all, of the local Colleges, studio schools, state-funded and fee-paying independent schools. As an alternative, there are level 3 courses available at local colleges.

Research carefully because there are literally hundreds of A-level and BTEC subjects to choose from and they won’t all be on offer at the same Sixth Form.

Some local secondary schools have also merged their year 12 and 13 provision into a single Sixth Form centre whilst others are now working together collaboratively as a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT).

The main Sixth Forms locally are listed below and, regardless of local authority, each has a BS or BA postcode as part of the Careersnearhere.com criteria for being local to the area.

Why not also explore Careersnearhere.com as the local Sixth Forms can advertise (for free) on the noticeboards under the relevant industry / career sectors including:

  • Inspiration noticeboards – e.g. talks & open evenings
  • Academic noticeboards – sixth form courses

 

How?

Each Sixth Form website should list their available subjects, open evenings, contact details and application process. Remember to also check for any admissions criteria as this will be worth researching carefully before making any decisions.

And the local authority websites should list their own Sixth Forms with contact details, admissions procedures/criteria and any Sixth Forms for young people with special educational needs.

To explore local Sixth Form adverts on Careersnearhere.com:

  • Click on Explore Local Careers (TOP)
  • Scroll down
  • Select your favourite local industry/career sector
  • Discover any relevant, local adverts on the noticeboards
  • Follow the link in each advert to find out more or to apply direct to the Sixth Form

And the individual Sixth Forms are also listed below for ease of reference.

 

Help?

To compare Sixth Forms online, try searching under headings such as school and college performance tables as well as A-level school league tables.

And if you are looking at local fee-paying Sixth Forms, these are marked with ‘(INDEP.)’ below. You can also find them on the Independent Schools Council website.

Many of the Sixth Forms have also produced videos which are on YouTube and linked from their own websites.

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Local Authority: Bath & North East Somerset (with a BS or BA postcode)

Bath Academy (INDEP.)
Bath College
Bath Studio School
Beechen Cliff School
Chew Valley School
Hayesfield School
(Isambard Kingdom Brunel) IKB Studio School
King Edward’s School (INDEP.)
Kingswood School (INDEP.)
Mendip Studio School
Midsomer Norton Sixth Form
Monkton Combe School (INDEP.)
Oldfield School
Prior Park College (INDEP.)
Ralph Allen School
The Royal High School Bath (INDEP.)
The New Sixth
Wellsway School
Writhlington School

Local Authority: Bristol (with a BS or BA postcode)

Ashton Park School
Badminton School (INDEP.)
Bristol Brunel Academy (CLF Post16)
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Bristol Free School
Bristol Grammar School (INDEP.)
The City Academy Bristol
City of Bristol College
Clifton College (INDEP.)
Clifton High School (INDEP.)
Colston’s Girls’ School
Colston’s School (INDEP.)
Merchant’s Academy
North Bristol Post 16 Centre
Oasis Academy – Brislington
Oasis Academy – John Williams
QEH Bristol (INDEP.)
Redmaids’ High School
St Bede’s Catholic College
St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College
St Mary Redcliffe

Local Authority: North Somerset (with a BS or BA postcode)

Backwell School
Churchill Academy & Sixth Form
Clevedon School
Gordano School
Nailsea School
North Somerset Enterprise & Technology College
St Katherine’s School
Sidcot School (INDEP.)
Weston College

Local Authority: Somerset (with a BS or BA postcode)

The Blue School
Bruton School for Girls (INDEP.)
Downside School (INDEP.)
Frome Community College
King’s Bruton (INDEP.)
The Kings of Wessex Academy
Millfield School (INDEP.)
The Park School (INDEP.)
Sexeys School
Strode College
Yeovil College
Wells Cathedral School (INDEP.)

Local Authority: South Gloucestershire (with a BS or BA postcode)

Abbeywood Community School
Bradley Stoke Community School
Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy
The Castle School
Cotswold Edge Sixth Form
Downend School
John Cabot Academy (CLF Post16)
Mangotsfield School
Marlwood School
Patchway Community College
Sir Bernard Lovell School
The Ridings’ Federation Winterbourne International Academy
South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS – Filton)

Local Authority: Wiltshire (with a BS or BA postcode)

The Clarendon Academy
The John of Gaunt School
Kingdown School
Matravers School
St Augustine’s Catholic College
St Laurence School
Warminster School (INDEP.)