Skip to main content
Apply

Being a Blackburn Sixth Form student means we supply you with the necessary skills to progress to university, but we also ensure that throughout your learner journey, you gain employability skills to help you succeed in your future career.

We do this by giving you a study programme that is tailored to your needs, abilities and interests, which will help you achieve your future goals.

Your study programme

Find out all you need to know about your Study Programme and life at Blackburn Sixth Form.

Tutorial and study skills

As a student within the Sixth Form you will be assigned a Personal Development Tutor. Each week you will meet your tutor and work through the Personal Development and Welfare Framework.

This will provide you with a greater understanding of the world that we live in and how you can make a valuable contribution. You will be equipped with the necessary skills and strategies to support you on your study programme as well as preparing you for your next step.

A-Level pathways

Our main focus in College is to ensure that our students have the support in place to achieve the best possible results and the opportunities to progress to university.

Following discussions with Universities, we noticed that there are certain subjects that when taken together, help our students progress onto related degrees. This is why our A-Level pathways have been set up in 9 key career areas.

Does this mean you can’t choose your own A-Levels?

Of course you can still make your own choice of what A-Levels you would like to study – having the opportunity to set up your own bespoke A-Level study programme is still available!

Discover our A-Level pathways

Humanities

Interested in a career that entails history, culture, mythology and much more? Then our Humanities pathway is a great route for you!

A-Level choices:

  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • History
  • Religious Studies

Enrichment:

  • British Sign Language
  • Debating Matters

Recent trips include:

  • Rome, Pompeii, Leeds Armouries and The Ribchester Dig
Technology

This pathway has been set up to offer students a range of skills and knowledge to progress into a technological career.

A-Level choices:

  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Financial Studies

Enrichment:

  • Games programming
  • Coding Club

Recent trips include:

  • The Battle of Ideas
Arts and Creative Industries

This pathway has been set up to offer students a range of skills and knowledge to progress into a career in the creative industries.

A-Level choices:

  • Media Studies
  • Photography
  • Fine Art
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies

Enrichment:

  • 3D workshop
  • TV studio workshop

Recent trips include:

  • Tate Modern
Medicine

Our Blackburn Sixth Form alumni includes doctors, pharmacists and dentists. If you want to follow in their footsteps, then this pathway is for you!

A-Level choices:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Pre-Medical course
  • Maths

Enrichment:

  • Shadowing with the NHS
  • Visit by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Business and Legal Studies

At some point in your working career, you will either work for a business or run your own! This is a great route into careers and degrees in Accountancy, Law, Marketing, HR or becoming a manager.

A-Level choices:

  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Criminology

Enrichment:

  • Young Enterprise Competition
  • ICAEW Commercial Awareness workshop
  • Employment coaching with Marks & Spencer and Santander
  • National BASE Competition

Recent trips include:

  • New York
Social Sciences

Interested in a career where you actively engage with society, looking at how people behave and work towards influencing the world around us? Then Social Sciences is for you!

A-Level choices:

  • Politics
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Enrichment:

  • British Sign Language Course
  • Debating Matters

Recent trips include:

  • Houses of Parliament
Teaching

Interested in gaining practical experience teaching in a Primary or Secondary school classroom? This pathway will help you gain both the practical and theoretical experience required to follow that dream.

A-Level choices:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Pre-Teaching course

Enrichment:

  • Work placement in a school
  • Maths Challenge Club
Engineering

This is an enhanced route into Engineering as an alternative to the usual Technic route. Students leave with the technical ability employers want, as well as giving industry the skilled workforce it needs.

A-Level choices:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics

Enrichment:

  • Maths Challenge Club

Recent trips include:

  • Visit to professional engineering and manufacturing organisations including the clinical engineering department at Blackburn Royal Hospital.
Journalism

If you’re interested in current affairs and you’d like a career using your excellent writing skills, this might be a career you’ll enjoy!

A-Level choices:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Media Studies
  • Law

Enrichment:

  • Photography

Recent trips include:

  • Lancashire Telegraph Offices, Blackburn Courts

University Plus

At Blackburn College Sixth Form, our priority is to ensure that we have the support in place for our students to enable them to get the best possible results and opportunities to progress to university.

Our University Plus programme was set up to support students who are extremely keen on progressing to an Oxbridge or Russell Group university and offers the additional support they need to secure their place.

Career Enhancement Qualifications

For students interested in a career in Medicine or Teaching, The Sixth Form has enhancement courses, worth an additional 16 UCAS points, to help students progress onto these prestigious high demand university degrees.

Pre-Medical

This enhancement course is for students looking to enter a medical-associated course, including becoming a doctor, dentist, surgeon or pharmacist. The course will involve building up a range of skills such as team work, discussion skills, research and practical workplace experience.

Pre-Teaching

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. As well as the additional UCAS points, students will also complete a valuable practical work placement in a school or schools of their choice.

Students who are interested in studying a Career Enhancement Qualification should make The Sixth Form aware when they attend their interviews.

High Achievers Programme

The Sixth Form has a systematic programme of support for students who show they have the potential to apply to Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group Universities, or into careers including medicine, veterinary science, law etc.

This programme, run by a dedicated University Plus course leader, will include the development of thinking and analytical skills, directed reading from tutors and coaching in discussion and interview skills - all attributes that can help you achieve a coveted place at a world class university.

Extended Project

Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, are keen to see students carry out a research project on a topic that grips their imagination, and this is why the college offer the Extended Project to our high achieving students. The project is preparation for the kind of study that is carried out at university, giving students a great understanding of higher education. Preparation for this begins 3-4 weeks after your AS June exams, and most of the research is carried out during the summer holidays.

The project, worth an additional 16 UCAS points, takes the form of a series of lectures about research methods and skill, and students will be required to produce a 5000 word dissertation and presentation.

Academic Scholarships

Students who achieve 3 A* and 3 As (or 3 8s and 3 7s) in their GCSEs are automatically accepted onto the Academic Scholarship programme which is worth £1,000. This scholarship is offered so students can concentrate on achieving fantastic results in their Sixth Form studies, and not have to worry about a part time job. The scholarship money can go towards books, travel to university open days, and curriculum trips. There is no application process. When you enrol after GCSE results day, you will be informed that you have been accepted for an academic scholarship.

Lancaster University Partnership

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

English and Maths for all students

The development of skills in English and Maths is critical to the development of personal, social and employability skills needed when progressing either to university or your chosen career. At Blackburn College Sixth Form we support you to achieve these life enhancing qualifications.

Who needs to do it?

All full-time students aged 16-19 who have not yet achieved an A*-C (9-4) in GCSE English or Maths will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C (4) in English and/or Maths as part of their study programme.

The importance of English and Maths

The CBI (Confederation of British Industry) Education & Skills Survey 2012 identified literacy and numeracy as the top priority skills employers look for in 14-19 year olds, and also commented that, in terms of literacy and numeracy, GCSE passes at grades A*-C (9-4) in English and Maths are seen as the best qualifications in terms of equipping young people with the skills needed at work.

The CBI also identified the fundamental, underpinning facet of employability as having 'a positive attitude'. At Blackburn College Sixth Form, the need for a positive attitude to learning and work is constantly reinforced through lessons, tutorials and enrichment activities. Key areas covered in the classes include:

  • Communication skills
  • General mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts
  • Self-management and readiness to accept responsibility
  • Team working
  • Business and customer awareness
  • Problem solving – analysing facts and selecting appropriate solutions
  • Application of information technology
  • Lancaster University.
  • University of South Wales.
  • University of Central Lancashire.
  • Advance HE.
  • University of the Arts London.
  • Disability Confident Employer.