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The Bedford Sixth Form ...Where you can achieve great things


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Meet our talented teachers, see our fantastic facilities, talk to our star students and find out how we will help you achieve success:

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YOUR STEPPING STONE TO SUCCESS As the only institution in Bedford to focus solely on sixth form study, we achieve excellent results and you benefit from our specialist expertise. In 2015 our A-Level students achieved a 98% pass rate and most went on to the university destination of their choice. We will encourage and support you to achieve your best and progress on to your first choice university or to find a job. In fact, last year 98% of our students went on to further study or work. Our excellent teachers are not only subject specialists but experts in teaching 16-19 year olds, so you will directly benefit from their focused knowledge and experience. We’re proud of the fact that 99% of our students rated the standard of teaching at The Bedford Sixth Form as either ‘very good’ or ‘good’. Our beautiful, period building offers you a legacy of great education combined with the latest, modern facilities which will further develop your academic performance. We are confident that if you join us, you will not only make new friends, enjoy your time and learn new things, but you will achieve great results. Be inspired by reading the profiles from our students throughout this prospectus and see page 10 for a recent list of our students’ university destinations. Our Open Evenings are the perfect opportunity to see what we can offer you; please see the opposite page for a list of dates. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Gail Cocozza Head, The Bedford Sixth Form

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Top-notch teaching: Many of our teachers have Masters and PhDs, are experts in their subjects and sit on examining boards so you can learn from the very best.

Spectacular span of subjects: We offer a wide range of subjects including A-Levels, certificates and diplomas all of which enable you to progress on to university or work. See page 12 for the full list of courses.

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Stunning success: Our A-Level students achieved a 98% pass rate in 2015.

Distinguished destinations: 98% of our school leavers went on to further study or work last year and 92% of our A-Level students went on to study a degree.

Fantastic facilities: Modern resources in a beautiful Victorian building. 1 Source: University of Southampton research 2012

Experts: We’re experts in teaching at sixth form level so you have more chance to excel. Recent research has proved that students who studied at specialist sixth-forms like us are more likely to get top grades at A-Level than those in schools.1 Strong support: Your own personal tutor, UCAS specialists and a team of support professionals will help you achieve your best. Exciting enrichment: Clubs and societies help you make friends and develop new skills.

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99% of our students rated teaching as ‘very good’ or ‘good’ Our A-Level students achieved a 98% pass rate in 2015

Ofsted rated us ‘Good’ with Outstanding features in 2014

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Overall, our A-Level students achieved a 98% pass rate in 2015

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DISTINGUISHED DESTINATIONS From Accounting to Veterinary Medicine, whatever university course you want to study we will help you get a place. In 2014, 92% of our A-Level students went on to study degrees. Our alumni are studying a broad range of subjects at some excellent universities across the UK, including: Accounting & Finance at University of Birmingham Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies at University of Leeds Archaeology at University of York Art History & Film at University of Kent Biology at University of Salford Manchester Biomedical Sciences at Nottingham Trent University Business & Management at Brunel University London Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester Chemistry at Heriot Watt University Childhood & Youth at The University of Northampton Computer Science at University of Hull Crime & Investigative Studies at Anglia Ruskin University Dental Nursing at The University of Northampton Diagnostic Radiography at University Campus Suffolk Economics, Econometrics & Finance at University of York Education at University of Brighton Engineering Geology & Geotechnics at University of Portsmouth English at Queen Mary University of London Environmental Science at University of Leeds Event Management at Coventry University Fashion Knitwear Design Textiles at Nottingham Trent University Forensic Science at University of Kent French Studies at University of Portsmouth Geology at University of South Wales Health & Social Care at Nottingham Trent University

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History at University of Lincoln Human Biology at University of Derby Industrial Design & Technology at Loughborough University International Business at Leeds Beckett University International Relations & Politics at University of Portsmouth Italian Studies with Chinese at The University of Warwick Law at University of Essex Marketing Comms & Advertising at Sheffield Hallam University Mathematics at Aston University Media, Culture & Society at University of Surrey Medieval Studies & Archaeology at University of Wales Music Promotion at Southampton Solent University Neuroscience at University of Central Lancashire Nursing (Adult) at University of East Anglia Nutrition & Human Health at University Campus Suffolk Operating Department Practice at University of Central Lancashire Paramedic Science at University of Greenwich Pharmaceutical Science at University of Hertfordshire Physical Education at University of East Anglia Physics at University of Leicester Politics & History at Nottingham Trent University Psychology at Nottingham Trent University Social Policy at University of York Sports Therapy at University College Birmingham Veterinary Medicine at Royal Veterinary College University of London


92% of our A-Level students went on to study at degree level in 2014

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SPECTACULAR SPAN OF SUBJECTS You can pick and choose from our wide range of A-Levels, certificates and diplomas to ensure you achieve the best qualifications to progress on to university or work. We recommend you choose up to four courses from the following subjects: ●

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Applied Law Applied Science ● Art & Design ● Biology ● Business ● Chemistry ● Communication & Culture ● Computer Science ● Creative Writing2 ● Dance ● Drama ● Economics ● English Language & Literature

English Literature Film Studies ● French ● Further Mathematics1 ● Geography ● Geology ● Government & Politics ● Graphics ● Health & Social Care ● History ● IT2 ● Italian ● Law


Philosophy & Ethics3 Photography ● Physical Education ● Physics ● Psychology ● Sociology ● Spanish ● Sport ● Textiles ●

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A-Levels are academic, examination-based qualifications recognised as a traditional qualification to gain entry to universities and higher education. A-Levels focus mainly on academic subjects and qualify for UCAS points (maximum 140 points per A-Level).

Certificates and diplomas are equivalent to A-Levels but are assessed through coursework rather than examinations. Certificates and diplomas enable you to go on to university, a Higher Apprenticeship or employment. The Bedford Sixth Form currently offers certificate and diploma courses that are either 60 credits (equivalent to one A-Level) or 120 credits (equivalent to two A-Levels).

There will be a £60 charge for day trips, visits and external speakers which will be collected at enrolment. You will also be expected to buy your own text books.

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YOUR CHOICES AT THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM Typically you study here for two years In your first year you have the opportunity to take a combination of four A-Levels and/or certificates and diplomas ● If you take A-Levels you will sit an AS examination at the end of your first year. This will help you to decide which subjects to continue with in your second year ● Typically you will continue with three subjects in your second year ● ●

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English (please note, a maximum of one Level 2 course at Merit can be counted towards this) ● 1 GCSE at A*-C or a Level 2 Merit grade in your chosen subject if you have studied it previously ● Overall you will need a minimum average point score of 38 points to study A-Levels. Please visit to work out your point score ● If you have not already achieved a GCSE in Maths A*-C you will need to study this as part of your subject options. Please see page 28 for more details ● In addition, there may be special entry requirements for certain ● subjects, please visit for the most up-to-date information ●

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A-Levels: Art & Design / Graphics / Photography / Textiles SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS


Our Art and Design studios are truly inspiring spaces. You will take part in a number of external events including gallery trips to The Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery, V&A and the Barbican. There may also be an opportunity to visit a European city. In 2014, for instance, our students spent a few days in Barcelona, sketching and photographing the city’s incredible architecture. Extracurricular life drawing classes may be available and you will have access to the latest printmaking facilities, Adobe products, scanners and photography equipment.

Did you know that the UK’s creative industries are worth more than £36 billion a year and employ 1.5 million people across the country?1 A wide range of degree courses can provide you with the perfect step up to a career in the arts, including fine art, architecture, interior design, graphic design, fashion and surface pattern design, painting and printing, as well as a number of combined courses. Photography is an ever expanding medium and is employed in many contexts, including fashion, advertising, journalism, medicine, science and art and design. Future careers in this area could include becoming a graphic designer or a museum curator. To review all your options visit: 1


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A-Levels: Business / Economics Certificates & Diplomas: Business SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS


Your learning will come to life during visits to working businesses to see how things work in real life industries. We also invite local business people to give inspiring talks about their own individual journeys and area of expertise.

Studying Business and Economics opens up a wide range of further study and career options. You could go on to study a related subject at university, such as Business, Marketing or Finance, or use the analytical and problem-solving skills you will have acquired to study a different area.

If you study Economics, you will have the opportunity to travel to London to attend conferences and hear views from the UK’s leading economists; a great way to stay up to date with current affairs and issues.

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A large part of the business sector is consultancy; helping businesses to solve problems and enhance performance across finance, IT, human resources and planning, to name a few. The UK consulting industry is worth around £8.5 billion and employs more than 80,000 people.1 The finance sector is bigger still, employing two million people, which is around 7% of all UK employment.2 Future careers could include becoming an economist or a marketing executive. To review all your options visit:


JO’S STORY Studying: A-Level Art & Design, English Language & Literature and Sociology Previous school: Sandy Upper School Next destination: Loughborough University to study BA Textiles Innovation & Design I love the freedom that Art & Design gives me to explore and experiment, and in the second year I was given my own desk and wall space in the studio. I also have frequent one-to-one tutorials both formal – focused on what you need to improve and progress in terms of school work – but also informally, I know my teacher is always there to help me on a day-to-day basis. I’ve been on some exciting trips which have brought art history to life and inspired some of the work I’ve produced back in the studio. Last year I went to Barcelona and saw a lot of Gaudi’s work, including visiting the infamous Sagrada Familia. This year there was the option to go to Paris and I’ve been to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Tate Modern in London. In fact, whilst at the Tate Modern, I was inspired by a Tracey Emin piece and it influenced my final exam piece that I had to complete in timed conditions. The Bedford Sixth Form was good at supporting me with my UCAS application. I was encouraged to start preparing before the summer holidays and, even though the UCAS deadline wasn’t until January, the Sixth Form had an earlier deadline of October. This ensured there was enough time for my application to be reviewed by teachers and it was submitted to UCAS early. It also meant that I received decisions from universities before some students had finished applying. I’m delighted that I’ve been offered a place at Loughborough University to study Textiles Innovation & Design. I definitely feel more prepared for my next steps after studying A-Levels here at The Bedford Sixth Form.

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OLIVER’S STORY Studying: A-Level Economics, Maths and History Previous school: Mark Rutherford School Next destination: University of York to study BA Economics What I found particularly fascinating about A-Level Economics was learning about development, in the second year of the course. I learnt about global inequality: how some countries are poor and others are rich, how this is measured and how individual country’s policies can affect this. I’ve found it fascinating and it’s definitely an area I want to explore in more detail. I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge and being at a university that offers me opportunities to learn from global experts. My aim is to be able to take this knowledge forward into a career, perhaps working for The World Bank and giving advice to people in developing countries, to help bring change to their lives, particularly those people stuck in poverty. I was older than the average student when I started my A-Levels, as I had to retake my GCSEs, so The Bedford Sixth Form was a natural choice for me as it provided a supportive learning environment and focused on achieving good results. I do not regret it because most of my teachers have been very good. In fact it’s a direct result of their support that I’m now going to study at the University of York. I would not have applied without my teachers’ belief in me.

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A-Level: Computer Science Certificates & Diplomas: IT SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS


Our cutting edge kit will bring your Computing studies to life, including a host of modern PCs running the latest software. You will gain a broad educational basis for further education or for moving into employment within the IT sector. According to Tech Partnership 134,000 new tech specialists are needed each year in the UK.1

Nowadays, IT is an inevitable part of everyday life, let alone more or less every industry. Nonetheless, there is still a wide variety of routes to choose from, should you feel that IT is the right career path for you. You can study for a degree in related subjects such as IT, computer science, information systems, multimedia, software engineering, computer networking, e-business and information management. You could also go on to work based training such as IT User/Practitioner NVQs or vendor-specific qualifications. Future careers could include becoming a systems analyst or a computer games developer. To review all your options visit:



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A-Levels: English Language & Literature / English Literature / Creative Writing* SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS


Visits to the theatre are an integral part of the English courses, where you will watch adaptations of works that you are studying. Trips are also arranged to the British Library to ensure that you get hold of all the resources you need for your learning. The department has recently invited lecturers from the University of Bedfordshire to talk to students on topics including modern and contemporary literature.

The study of English in all its forms is valued highly by universities, and in a wide variety of career paths as well. Through the study of English you will develop skills of analysis, interpretation, communication and argument, which are integral to careers in law, teaching, journalism, publishing, public relations, sales and marketing and others. Future careers could include becoming a copy editor or a teacher. To review all your options visit: * Subject to approval

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AOIFE’S STORY Studying: AS-Level English Literature, Art & Design, Psychology and History Previous school: Barnfield South Academy Next destination: Progressing to A-Levels at The Bedford Sixth Form When I came to the Open Day at The Bedford Sixth Form the teachers were very friendly and offered a lot of advice about which subjects would be suitable for me and my future aspirations. I enjoy English Literature and my current topic is ‘The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature’. I’m currently reading the drama texts Educating Rita and Top Girl in addition to analysing the prose text The Colour Purple. I’ve been encouraged to undertake wider reading outside of the classroom and link it to what I’m reading in class. I have been on trips related to what I’m studying, for example my class went to the Northampton Derngate Theatre to watch an adaptation of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ which is about a character who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. In my experience, the teachers at The Bedford Sixth Form are very approachable and there is a mutual respect between students and teachers – they trust you to get on with the work. My personal tutor is great and I can book a meeting when I need to discuss something with her. I’m looking forward to coming back next year to continue with my studies and to apply for a course at university.

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ATU’S STORY Studying: A-Levels Psychology, Sociology and English Literature Previous school: Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College Next destination: Nottingham Trent University to study BSc Psychology I love learning about the brain, human behaviour and the different fields of Psychology including cognitive, biological, social and developmental; they are all very interesting and relevant to our everyday lives. What I like most about the course is the way that it’s taught – the teachers are very passionate and they specialise in Psychology. When I was choosing where to study my A-Levels, I wanted to be taught by subject specialists, which is what The Bedford Sixth Form offers for all of its courses. The facilities and equipment are very good and help make the learning experience better than at school. I regularly borrow a netbook from the library which I can use to take notes in class or finish coursework in the Grand Hall. I save all my work on to a memory stick so I can bring it home to finish off. I also find the virtual learning environment, Moodle helpful as I can access all my class notes and homework remotely. I am going to university in September to continue studying Psychology – I love the subject and I want to learn more and eventually become a Clinical Psychologist. I’m looking forward to starting my degree in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University.

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A-Levels: Government & Politics / History / Law / Philosophy & Ethics** / Psychology / Sociology Certificates & Diplomas: Criminology* / Health & Social Care / Law SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS


You will have a lot of opportunities to get out of the classroom, including attending conferences, listening to guest speakers and visiting museums and parliament. If you study Law, you will hear from the crown prosecution service and lawyers who specialise in criminal defence. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in a mock trial and visit the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, as well as the Old Bailey. We hold membership of the Historical Association, so, if you study History, you will have plenty of opportunities to attend talks given by visiting historians.

Having one or more A-Levels in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject will provide you with skills that are valued by both universities and employers, including investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, communication and debate. These skills can open doors to some particularly interesting careers including: curative positions in art galleries and museums, or roles in politics, such as a social researcher for the government; or even researchers and archivers for not-for-profit agencies and charities.1 Did you know that 60% of the UK’s leaders have Humanities, Arts or Social Science degrees?1 Alternatively, following the Law route could lead to becoming a legal executive, solicitor or lawyer. To review all your options visit:

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LANGUAGES A-Levels: French / Italian / Spanish SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS


As a Language student, you will benefit from being taught by native speakers and have opportunities to be involved in local language clubs.

Modern languages provide practical and enjoyable lifelong skills. Whether used in the workplace or for leisure, they can open up new opportunities for communication and encourage a broader cultural understanding. Research has shown that 70% of businesses value foreign language skills, which can help build relationships with clients and suppliers.1 This figure is likely to grow, making a qualification in languages particularly valuable. The study of modern languages can lead to a variety of careers both in this country and abroad. International companies welcome language graduates, and an ability in a local language can help for those planning to work overseas; for example, as a foreign language teacher or a translator. To review all your options visit: 1

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Changing the Pace CBI/Pearson Education & Skills Survey 2013


70% of businesses value foreign language skills Source: CBI/Pearson Education & Skills Survey 2013

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The media industry employs just under one million people in the UK Source: UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)

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A-Levels: Mathematics / Further Mathematics SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS


As a Maths student you will have plenty of opportunities to bring your learning to life and discuss various issues with experts in the subject. In the lead up to exams, we often hold revision sessions hosted by guest lecturers. This is great for focusing your learning and enabling you to look at things from a different point of view. You also get to visit the Open University for a special Maths lecture, adding breadth to the course content.

An A-Level in Mathematics is highly regarded by both universities and potential employers, as it shows an interest in logic, problem solving and looking at situations sometimes in an abstract way. Mathematics at A-Level can lead to work as a climatologist, statistician, analyst, financial advisor, or games programmer. You can also pursue further study on Business and Economics degree courses. However, a Maths degree in itself is a great investment; graduates can earn £220,000 more on average over their lifetime than someone with just two A-Levels. The equivalent average for a graduate of any degree is £129,000.1 Future careers could include becoming an actuary forecasting long-term financial probability and risk. To review all your options visit: 1

MEDIA, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE A-Levels: Communication & Culture / Film Studies Certificates & Diplomas: Media SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS


Guest speakers are often invited to give valuable input across a range of courses, and various trips are organised to places of cultural interest. In 2014 the director, Paul Brown came in to talk to our Film Studies students. The students also entered a short film competition with the British Film Institute and visited the Institute’s library in London.

Successful completion of these courses will open up opportunities to study a number of university degree programmes, such as English, Sociology, Philosophy, Media and Humanities, as well as Film, Television or Media Studies (Film Studies).

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The media industry, in particular, has experienced change over the last few years, as the expansion of digital media over print media has seen a need for people with skills in visual effects and the film industry. The media industry employs just under one million people in the UK, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).1 Future careers could include becoming a public relations office or a media researcher. To review all your options visit: Discover more online at: 23

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NATURAL SCIENCES A-Levels: Geography / Geology SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS You will take part in a range of external visits to support the course and gain practical experience out in the field. Various trips to sites of interest help to enhance your learning experience. In the past these have included trips to local geological sites, such as quarries in east Bedfordshire, chalk quarries on Dunstable Downs, or Ice Age deposits in the Great Ouse valley. If you study Geology, for instance, you will carry out a field investigation and collect specimens for later lab analysis, such as rock testing and identification.

UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND From these A-Levels, you could progress on to studying a degree in a related subject, such as Geography, Town Planning, or an Earth Science or Environmental Management course. An A-Level in Geography, in particular, is considered favourably

by university admission tutors for a range of degree courses, because it includes elements of the physical and the social sciences, and geographers have to develop the ability to synthesise information from a wide variety of sources and disciplines. If you want to pursue Geology at university, or in combination with other sciences, some offer courses in Palaeontology, Geophysics or Earth Sciences. There are many jobs in environmental survey and management, such as those with the Environment Agency, and geologists are often employed by mineral, mining and oil companies. To review all your options visit:

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arts manager. Did you know that 86% of actors have had professional training?1

Theatre trips are organised throughout the year and a number of workshops are held with visiting companies to support classroom learning. You will also have plenty of opportunities to showcase your talent and newly learned skills. For instance, our A-Level Drama students recently put on performances of ‘The Grandfathers’ by Rory Mullarkey, as part of their AS-Level Drama performance exam. We have a theatre and dance studio on campus so you’ll be learning in professional environments.

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Research by Drama UK –

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ADAM’S STORY Studying: A-Level Geology, Geography and Biology Previous school: Bedford Modern School Next destination: University of Leicester to study BSc Geology I wanted to study Geology at A-Level and The Bedford Sixth Form is one of the only schools in this area to offer the subject. When I came to an Open Day, I had a positive feeling about it offering a mature learning environment and I felt that I would be fully supported to achieve my best. I have enjoyed Geology since I was 14 and ultimately, I want to become a petroleum geologist, someone who locates oil within the earth and plans for its removal. I like the fact that this career path involves a lot of travel as well as mixing Geology with Business. A-Level Geology is directly related to this career path and it put me at an advantage. I’m now looking forward to going to the University of Leicester to study BSc Geology. My Geology teacher has an astounding amount of specialist knowledge and he manages to teach it in a way that’s easily understood. I like the small class sizes and we get a lot of one-to-one support. I’ve been on some interesting coursework trips to local rock exposures in Biddenham and Potton where I took samples and measurements so I could determine how they were formed and under what conditions.

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TOM’S STORY Studying: A-Level Chemistry, Biology and Psychology Previous school: Bedford Modern School Next destination: Gap year, then university to study a Science degree Chemistry is one of my favourite subjects and The Bedford Sixth Form has plenty of up-to-date chemistry equipment that we use to conduct experiments in class. I particularly like the analytical and problem-solving aspects of the subject, understanding concepts and practically applying them rather than just learning facts. In addition, there are the practical elements, such as conducting experiments, analysing data and presenting results which I enjoy. The teachers have been very supportive. There is always someone I can talk to and they offered a lot of help when I was completing my UCAS application. They ran lunchtime sessions where students could drop in and speak to someone and get advice about what things should be included in the personal statement section of the application form. I was on the Student Council last year, which meant that I discussed issues on behalf of students relating to our courses and extra-curricular activities. It was a chance to represent students and speak directly to the teaching staff and I felt that they did care about our opinions. I’m now looking to take a gap year and then go on to university and study a Science degree. London would be a great city to study and live in, but it’s very expensive!

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A-Levels: Biology / Chemistry / Physics Certificates & Diplomas: Science SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS As a Science student, you will be kept busy with a range of trips to places such as the British Science Museum, National History Museum and external planned lectures, as well as plenty of opportunities for practical investigations.

working lifetime, the average Physics graduate earns 30% more than someone holding just A-levels; whereas graduates in all subjects on average earn 23% more than non-graduates.1 Future careers could include becoming a zoologist or a forensic scientist. To review all your options visit:

UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND Science A-Levels are required as entrance for most Medicine and Veterinary courses, but there are many other Science degree courses and jobs that you can progress on to. Studying these A-Levels does not restrict you to a life in the world of Science. For example, a Physics qualification equips you with problem-solving, Maths and analytical skills, and employers are always looking for numerate employees. The salaries of Physics graduates are also well above the national average. Over a



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A-Levels: Physical Education Certificates & Diplomas: Sport SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS


You will be given the opportunity to experience a wide range of sporting activities and achieve recognised sporting leadership qualifications, such as The Rugby Football Union Rugby Leaders Level 1 Award if you study on the Sport Diploma. Past enrichment activities that have specifically complemented our Sports and Physical Education courses include the Intercollege rugby 7s tournament, 5-a-side football tournament and Bedford mixed netball tournament.

You can progress on to a university course or into a range of careers including sports therapy, sports science support (for both the general public and professional athletes and teams), fitness consultancy, sports coaching and development, teaching and lecturing, sports marketing and promotion and academic sports research. To review all your options visit:

In lessons, you will regularly have a chance to participate in football, dodgeball, badminton, netball, handball and fitness sessions, as well as the chance to coach fellow students.

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LEVEL 2 PROGRESSION COURSES If you need to improve your Level 2 (GCSE) grades to progress on to a Level 3 (A-Level, certificate or diploma) course, you can join our one year programme. Your ability to progress will also depend on high attendance and achievement throughout the year. Students typically choose three subjects from the following:


English Language*

● Mathematics* ● Sociology

*These are compulsory subjects if you have not already achieved a grade A*-C in them.

LEVEL 2 DIPLOMAS ● Business ●

Health & Social Care

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EXCITING ENRICHMENT At The Bedford Sixth Form, life doesn’t stop at the end of lessons – you can challenge yourself and achieve success in a range of extra-curricular opportunities that aim to enhance your learning experience and strengthen your UCAS application. You might join a club because it’s already of interest and you want to learn more, or simply to add variety to your studies and try something completely new. Here are some examples of the activities we can offer, depending on students’ interests:

ART & DRAMA ● Art ● Photography

CULTURE & MEDIA ● ● ● ● ●

Book Club Debating Society Film Society Mooting (Law) Student Magazine

SPORT & FITNESS ● ● ● ● ● ●

Badminton Basketball Dodgeball Football (including Women’s Football) Netball Swimming

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT ● The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE): adventurous and

fun activities which lead to a nationally recognised award ● Young Enterprise: enterprise, finance programmes

and masterclasses

● Work Experience: to enhance your future job prospects ● Volunteering: within local organisations which benefit the

community and your UCAS application

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We bring learning to life through trips and visits. Here is a selection of the most recent trips our students have enjoyed.

OTHER TRIPS INCLUDE: ● Applied Business: Clothes Show Live ● Art & Design: Paris; Fitzwilliam Museum

Trip: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time,

● Biology: Science Museum; Natural History Museum;

Royal & Derngate Northampton Course: English Literature

● English Literature & Drama: As You Like It at The Globe

English Literature students studying the theme of ‘The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature’ went to see the play ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’. Seeing the play enabled students to compare it to the text and explore how it presents the struggle with a psychological development disorder. Students were encouraged in their exam to make comparisons to texts they have studied that look at ‘struggles’ of different kinds.

Trip: 65th Berlin International Film Festival Course: Film Studies This exciting trip included visits to the Berlin Film Museum where students were able to consolidate their studies and see the actual sets, costumes and script notes from such German Expressionist classics as ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ and ‘Metropolis’. They also enjoyed amazing views of the city at the top of Berlin TV Tower. To top off the trip, students experienced the ‘red carpet’ treatment at the opening weekend of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Trip: Sanger Institute, Cambridge Course: Biology The Sanger Institute in Cambridge focuses on scientific research to understand the role of genetics in health. The Institute was a leader in the Human Genome Project which sequenced all of the chromosomes of a human being. When our Biology students visited the Institute, they had a tour of the labs, were given an overview of some of the techniques used to sequence DNA and met with a scientist who works on the genome of zebra fish.

Stibbington Fields ● Environmental Studies: Corby Woodland;

Marston Vale ● Film Studies: British Film Institute ● Geology: Potton for data collection ● Government & Politics: Tour of Parliament ● Law: Galleries of Justice ● Physics: Culham Science Lab

STUDENT COUNCIL Your views matter so we make sure they’re heard. By standing for election for a place on our Student Council you’ll have the opportunity to represent your fellow students, get more involved with student life and give valuable feedback to teachers and managers on what we do.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS Becoming a Student Ambassador helps you to be more involved in Sixth Form life through a range of activities and events. It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop wider skills that both universities and employers look for. If you are selected as a Student Ambassador you will be involved in: ● inspiring potential students through being involved at our

open days and campus tours ● helping new students settle in through our Welcome Day

and induction ● making an impact on how The Bedford Sixth Form operates

through focus groups.

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FANTASTIC FACILITIES The Bedford Sixth Form’s stunning campus delivers a unique blend of modern study areas and Victorian architecture, which echoes the excellence of education that has been delivered at the site for over a century. The new Learning Resources Centre is linked to the woodpanelled original library and the former onsite church has been refurbished as a modern restaurant and classrooms. The grand Victorian Hall is often used for students’ own private study. We think you’ll agree it’s quite a magnificent place to take your learning to another level.

TEACHING AND LEARNING SPACES Our study facilities help you make the most of your chosen subjects, including specialist art and design studios to hone your creativity, fully-equipped laboratories to explore the sciences, plus access to a dance studio and theatre for drama and performance.

IT AND INTERNET ACCESS Including a host of modern PCs – all internet-enabled and running the latest software – plus 24/7 access to Moodle, our virtual learning environment. Wi-fi is available throughout the campus.

LEARNING RESOURCES CENTRE The latest computers plus thousands of books, journals and a wide variety of electronic resources are available to you in our Learning Resources Centre, where you can find quiet spaces for individual study and areas where you can study in groups.

CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS At The Bedford Sixth Form there are a range of unique spaces for you and your friends to catch up and enjoy something to eat and drink, including the Hub, the Munch & Mocha restaurant and coffee shop and the Grand Hall.

SPORT As a student at The Bedford Sixth Form, you’ll have the opportunity to access fantastic sports facilities at the Trinity Arts & Leisure sports complex, based on campus, at a discounted student rate. Facilities include a large sports hall and a 25 metre, indoor, six-lane swimming pool.

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STRONG SUPPORT Everyone has different needs when it comes to support and guidance. At The Bedford Sixth Form our team of Student Services advisers give you the support you need, when you need it.

PERSONAL TUTOR You will be assigned a professionally trained personal tutor when you start your course who will give you one-on-one support throughout your time with us. You will also meet your tutor regularly, together with the other students in your tutor group, to keep you informed of everything going on at The Bedford Sixth Form or to work on group projects, such as career planning.

UCAS JOURNEY We have a dedicated team and comprehensive programme in place to support you through the UCAS application process. We encourage you to start preparing your UCAS applications early so it is with teachers by late October to be reviewed and checked. We also run lunchtime sessions throughout the UCAS application period, where you can drop in and get advice about the whole process.

CAREERS ADVICE Throughout your time with us, our careers advisers are here to help you find the right path, providing impartial advice and guidance on everything from your university choices or training and work prospects to CVs and interview preparation.

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Our student finance team are there to provide you with practical advice on student bursaries, travel costs, higher education funding, grants and much more. We also have a range of financial support packages available to help with essential costs, such as equipment, books, clothing or meals, as well as bursaries for vulnerable students or those in severe financial hardship.

Our counsellors are available to help if personal difficulties are getting in the way of your studies. We provide quiet spaces where you can talk through your problems with a counsellor, and work towards making them easier to handle.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT If you have an identified learning difficulty and/or disability you may be entitled to additional support. This could include: help in and outside of class; the loan of specialist equipment you may need to complete work; support with making special arrangements for taking exams; support in accessing our facilities.

A SAFE ENVIRONMENT We take the wellbeing and safety of every single student very seriously. We strive to ensure a safe and welcoming environment at The Bedford Sixth Form, and have safeguarding and anti-bullying policies in place to ensure that young people and vulnerable adults studying with us do so in a safe and secure environment. If you have any concerns about these issues, our trained staff are here to help.

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FEES AND FUNDING TUITION AND EXAM FEES If you are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2016 and a British or European Union resident, the tuition and exam registration fees for your course are FREE. If you are aged 19-23 on 31 August 2016, you will normally have to pay a fee for your full Level 3 course. In 2015 it was £2,085 per year. Fee waivers may be available depending on the qualifications you already hold or if you are in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans are available to help support students aged 24 or above with the cost of tuition for Level 3 courses.

ADDITIONAL COSTS Depending on the courses you choose to study, there may be extra costs you have to pay on top of any tuition and exam fees. There will be a £60 charge for day trips, visits and external speakers which will be collected at enrolment.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS If you have not been living in the UK for the last three years, or if you are on a student visa, different fees may apply to you – contact us on 01234 291291 (+44 1234 291291 from overseas) to find out more.

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT Here’s a review of the financial help we may be able to offer you as a student of The Bedford Sixth Form. Please note, funding is limited so we strongly advise that you apply as early as possible. Type of support

Available to students aged 16-19?

Available to students aged 19 or above?


Adult Support Fund



This bursary is designed to help with course-related costs, childcare (if you are aged 20 -23), travel and fees.

Childcare support



If you’re a parent aged 16 to 19, the government’s Care to Learn scheme could pay up to £160 per child per week towards your childcare and travel costs while you’re learning. If you are aged 20+ you may receive help through the Sixth Form’s Adult Support Fund.

Course costs bursary



You may be able to receive up to 90% of essential course costs. To qualify, for those aged 16-18 your household income must be £30,000 or less. For those aged 19 or above your household income must be £26,000 or less.

Discretionary hardship bursary



For students aged 16-18 in cases of exceptional financial hardship we may also be able to provide support of up to an additional £100 per term on top of support you may already be receiving, subject to a household income of £16,190 or less. This is awarded at the end of October if funds are still available, after priority is given to all essential support funding for applicants.

Meals bursary



You may qualify for a free meal in the campus restaurant if you are aged 16-18, have a household income of £16,190 or less and are in receipt of specified benefits. You can apply for this through the 16-18 Bursary scheme.

Travel bursary



This bursary is worth £450 per year and supports students aged 16-18 who are most in need and who would otherwise be unable to, or would find it difficult to, attend The Bedford Sixth Form. Our Travel Bursary is means-tested and open to those with a household income of £30,000 or less who do not qualify for help from their local authority. Students aged 19+ may qualify for help towards their travel costs from the Adult Support Fund. For the latest information and up to date terms and conditions for 2016/2017 please visit

Vulnerable Learner Bursary



Young people aged 16-18 in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance are eligible to receive a guaranteed bursary of up to £1,200 a year.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE The financial support information listed on these two pages is based on what we offered our students in 2015/2016 please check for the latest updates

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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT WHICH BUS CAN I GET? Many of the bus routes covering Bedford, Luton and the wider local area terminate at Bedford bus station which is just a twominute walk away from The Bedford Sixth Form. With routes running as frequently as every 12 minutes, it’s the ideal way to make your journey to our Sixth Form.

Find the best route that suits you using the table below, or you can find more detailed route and stop information online at the local bus operator’s website: Please note: routes and timings correct as of May 2015.





Kempston (via Bedford Road)

Every 12 minutes


Elstow Park & Ride site

Every 12 minutes



Every 20 minutes



Every 20 minutes


Elms Farm

Every 12 minutes


Woodlands Park

Every 12 minutes



Every 20 minutes


Great Denham

Every 20 minutes



Every 12 minutes



Every 20 minutes


Milton Keynes

Every 60 minutes



Every 60 minutes


Ampthill & Flitwick

Every 60 minutes


Rushden & Kettering

Up to every 60 minutes


Clapham & Oakley

Every 30 minutes



Every 60 minutes



Every 30 minutes

71 / 72

Shefford & Hitchin

Every 30 minutes


Sandy & Biggleswade

Every 30 minutes



Every 60 minutes


Clophill & Luton

Every 60 minutes



Every 30 minutes


In 2015/2016 the bursary was available if you were...

We offer a Travel Bursary to support students who are most in need and who would otherwise be unable to, or would find it difficult to, attend The Bedford Sixth Form. Our Travel Bursary is means-tested and open to those with a household income of £30,000 or less. In 2015/16 it was worth £450 a year.

● aged 16-18 on 31 August ● living more than three miles (driving distance) from the campus ● studying a full-time programme up to and including Level 3 ● from a household with an income of £30,000 or less ● not eligible for financial support for travel from your Local Authority.

For the latest information, terms and conditions and deadlines for 2016/2017 please visit

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YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY OR MOBILITY PROBLEM If you have a particular disability or mobility problem (including a temporary medical condition), you may be entitled to assistance with travel arrangements, even if you live under three miles from The Bedford Sixth Form. Please check your local authority‘s transport policy on our website at travel for more information.


By Foot

Take a stroll to The Bedford Sixth Form – we’re located right in the centre of town (see the map on the back cover). ●

By Bike

Good for the environment, good for you – Bedford has a network of signposted cycle paths and designated cycle lanes, and we also provide safe and secure cycle racks to store your bike. Download a copy of the Bedford Borough Council’s Cycle Map on our website at ●

By Car

We provide a safe drop-off area for students getting a lift to the Sixth Form by car, however parking is not available on site.

By Train

Bedford’s mainline station is just a ten-minute walk from The Bedford Sixth Form, with frequent rail services running between local towns, villages and stations including: ● Aspley Guise ● Bedford ● Bedford St Johns ● Bletchley ● Bow Brickhill ● Fenny Stratford ● Flitwick ● Harlington ● Kempston Hardwick ● Leagrave ● Lidlington ● Luton ● Millbrook ● Ridgmont ● Stewartby ● Woburn Sands.

Visit National Rail at for information on train times and ticket prices.

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PARENTS’ Q&A At The Bedford Sixth Form we realise that parents and guardians play a very important part in our students’ success. You’re there to help guide them in the decisions they make, and support them throughout their studies. To help with this process, some of the answers to key questions parents have asked us are listed here. To find out more, we have a separate Guide for Parents that you can download from:

HOW MANY STUDENTS PROGRESS ON TO UNIVERSITY? In 2014 98% of our pupils went on to further study and/ or work and 92% of our A-Level students progressed on to degree level study at some of the top universities in the country, including Russell Group institutions such as Queen Mary, University of London and the University of York.

HOW WILL YOU SUPPORT MY SON/ DAUGHTER IN THEIR APPLICATION TO UNIVERSITY? We offer full support with UCAS applications and, as always, our support teams are available to assist with any concerns or problems students may encounter in moving on to higher education. We also make sure there are plenty of opportunities for students to enhance the personal statement section of their UCAS application, through clubs and activities, for example.

WILL MY SON/DAUGHTER HAVE TO PAY ANY COSTS FOR STUDYING AT THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM? If they are aged 16-18 our courses are free for them to study. They will be required to buy course related textbooks and, for a few courses, clothing, specialist equipment and pay towards trips and visits. If your son or daughter is facing a financial hardship we offer financial support including a number of bursaries to help with the costs of study. See page 36 for details.

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HOW WILL YOU KEEP MY SON/DAUGHTER SAFE? We take the wellbeing and safety of every single student very seriously. We strive to ensure a safe and welcoming environment at The Bedford Sixth Form, and have safeguarding and anti-bullying policies in place to ensure that your son or daughter can study with us in a safe and secure environment.

WHO CAN MY SON/DAUGHTER TURN TO WHEN THEY NEED HELP WITH THEIR STUDIES? All students benefit from their own personal tutor for ongoing one-to-one support. For help with subject related questions and queries, their subject tutors will always be on hand to help, making sure your son or daughter gets the help they need to perform at their very best.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE WITH MY SON/DAUGHTER’S PROGRESS? We feel students perform better when their parents take an active role in their education, so the Sixth Form holds parents’ consultation evenings and issues written student progress reports.

WHAT IF MY SON/DAUGHTER DECIDES THAT UNIVERSITY IS NOT THE BEST OPTION FOR THEM? We will support your daughter/son to achieve what is best for them. As well as support for applying to university, we also offer impartial careers advice and the exclusive Job Shop providing Apprenticeship and employment opportunities.

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We recommend you come along to an Open Evening with your son/daughter to find out everything you need to know. See page 4 for dates.

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HOW TO APPLY Follow our eight simple steps to apply for your place at The Bedford Sixth Form...

1. FIND THE SUBJECTS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN Read through this prospectus to explore the subjects and courses we offer and get an idea of which ones interest you. For more information on any of our courses, just visit

2. ATTEND AN OPEN EVENING To discover more about your chosen courses and life at The Bedford Sixth Form, come and see us at one of our Open Evenings throughout the year (find the latest dates on page 4).

3. APPLY ONLINE AT Visit our website, click the ‘apply online’ button and send us your application. Remember: you can apply before you receive your GCSE results. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2016.

6. WELCOME EVENT After accepting your offer you will be invited to attend our special welcome event at the end of the summer term where you’ll get a real insight into life and your course at The Bedford Sixth Form. Please check our website nearer the time for more details.

7. ADVICE DAY Post-GCSE results advice is available at our Sixth Form Advice Day on Thursday 25 August 2016 – come to The Bedford Sixth Form if your results aren’t what you expected and discuss your options.

8. ENROLMENT You will be invited to the Sixth Form to review your GCSE results at the end of August 2016 and finalise your offer of a place. Enrolment will be from Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September 2016. Induction is Monday 5 September to Friday 9 September 2016. Term begins on Monday 12 September 2016.

Any questions?

4. ATTEND AN INTERVIEW After we receive your application we will invite you to attend an interview with one of the team, who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Please call us on 01234 291291

5. RECEIVE YOUR OFFER We will let you know if you have been successful and offer you a place at The Bedford Sixth Form within two weeks following your interview (subject to achieving the relevant entry requirements).

CODE OF CONDUCT The Bedford Sixth Form has a Code of Conduct that sets the standard we expect from our students. You can read this in our Student Handbook available online at

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Don’t forget! Deadline for applications is 31 May 2016. You can apply before you get your GCSE results!

KEEP IN TOUCH @thebedfordsixth

TERM DATES 2016/2017 Our academic year runs from September to June Autumn Term 2016 Monday 12 September 2016 – Friday 16 December 2016 Half-term: Monday 24 October 2016 – Friday 28 October 2016

Spring Term 2016 Monday 9 January 2017 – Thursday 31 March 2017 Half-term: Monday 13 February 2017 – Friday 17 February 2017

Summer Term 2016 Tuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 30 June 2017 Half-term: Monday 29 May 2017 – Friday 2 June 2017 Disclaimer While every effort is made to ensure the information within this prospectus is correct at the time of printing, some details may be subject to change. We reserve the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if student numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course, we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

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The Bedford Sixth Form Bromham Road Bedford MK40 2BS Telephone: 01234 291291



This prospectus is also available in large print and audio formats. Call 01234 291291 to get your copy.

The Bedford Sixth Form  

Course Prospectus 2016-17

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