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At Blackburn Sixth Form we nurture our students to ensure that they have all the support they need to progress and reach their full potential and beyond. We do this by giving students a bespoke study programme that is tailored to their needs, abilities and interests.

Student Study Programme

Tutorial and study skills

All students at Blackburn Sixth Form are assigned a Personal Tutor, who is also one of their A-Level subject teacher. Each week students meet with their Personal Tutor to develop their transferable skills, monitor their progress and deliver a Personal Development Programme. This will provide students with a greater understanding of the world that we live in and how they can make a valuable contribution.


Students are able to create a bespoke timetable consisting of three A-Levels from a choice of over 20 subjects and BTEC A-Level equivalents. 

Enrichment & Work Experience

Enrichment and work experience are available to all students with dedicated teams facilitating opportunities. 

High Achievers Programme

Our High Achievers Programme was set up to support students aspiring to progress to Oxbridge, Medicine or other highly selective university destinations.


For those looking into a career as a primary or secondary school teacher, the Pre-Teaching enhancement course will give students a practical and theoretical experience of teacher training, giving them a sound knowledge for university study.

Extended Project (EPQ)

The EPQ is a highly respected and valued qualification which allows students to demonstrate their passion for a subject. This enables them to develop and showcase academic research using transferable qualities such as time management and presentation skills.

Preparation for this begins in June of Year 12. The project is worth up to an additional 28 UCAS points. This takes the form of a series of lectures about research methods and skill, and students will be required to produce a 5,000 word dissertation and presentation.

Academic Scholarships

Students who achieve 3 8s and 3 7s in their GCSEs can apply to the competitive Academic Scholarship programme which is worth £1,000 over two years.

Lancaster Access Programme

The Sixth Form has had an excellent working relationship with Lancaster University for a number of years, giving our students access to advice and guidance about progressing to university. Lancaster University offer the following:

  • Guaranteed interviews to students who meet the entry criteria for their chosen course
  • Student mentors for students to find out more about their course and university life
  • Mock Interviews to help with university application procedures
  • Residentials during the summer break

Oxnet - What is it?

The OXNET course is an academic, 12-month, course for Year 12 students who are thinking of heading to a top university after studying A-Levels. The course has a direct relationship with The University of Oxford (Pembroke College) which makes it a great way to assist your university application, not only for Oxford or Cambridge, but other Russell Group and top universities. These is no additional cost for students who are successful getting onto this course.

On the course you will be taught by academics and study demanding content across a range of subjects like: Humanities and Social Sciences, Philosophy, Modern Language, STEM and Ordered Universe. This if for students who think originally, are academically curious and have an interest in these subjects.

How to apply?

The application process is highly competitive. To achieve a place you will have to fill out an online application form alongside a focused essay.

The opening period for application is from September through to November in your first term as a Year 12 student. It’s great to start early on your university application to the top universities.

If you’re interested in OXNET or want more information, please contact David Jones, our dedicated High Achiever Coordinator.