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Best in Bedford Best sixth form for students achieving 3 A-Levels


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WELCOME TO THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM

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OPEN DAYS

CONTENTS Your stepping stone to success

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Best for you

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Stunning success

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Distinguished destinations

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Spectacular range of subjects

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A-Z of courses

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Exciting enrichment

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Fantastic facilities

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Strong support

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Fees and funding

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Travel and transport

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Parents’ Q&A

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How to apply

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Term dates

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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: Wednesday 5 October 2016 Thursday 10 November 2016 Wednesday 18 January 2017 Saturday 25 March 2017

5.00pm – 8.00pm 5.00pm – 8.00pm 5.00pm – 8.00pm 10.00am – 12:30pm

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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. We believe this is why we were the best sixth form in Bedford for students achieving three A-Levels (A*-E).1 In 2016 our A-Level students achieved a 97% pass rate and many went on to the university destinations 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 97% 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. What’s more, 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 of our students throughout this prospectus and see page 11 for a recent list of our students’ university destinations. Our Open Days 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.

Paul Clarkson Headteacher, The Bedford Sixth Form

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BEST FOR YOU Spectacular range of subjects: We offer a wide range of subjects at Level 3, all of which enable you to progress on to university or work. See page 12 for the full list of subjects. Academic Excellence Bursary: Achieve eight GCSEs grades 9-6 and qualify for our £4,000 Academic Excellence Bursary. See page 36 for full criteria. Best in Bedford: In 2015 we were the best Sixth Form in Bedford for students achieving 3 A Levels (A*-E). 1 Stunning success: Our A-Level students achieved a 97% pass rate in 2016. Fantastic facilities: Modern resources in a beautiful Victorian building. See page 32 for more details.

Exciting enrichment: Clubs and societies help you make friends and develop new skills. See page 29 for more details. 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. Visit our website to view the latest profiles of some of the staff that will be teaching you: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/about-us/meetour-teachers www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk Distinguished destinations: 97% of our leavers went on to further study or work last year. 1

www.gov.uk school and college performance league table 2015

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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.2 Strong support: Your own personal tutor, UCAS specialists and a team of support professionals will help you achieve your best.

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Ofsted rated us ‘Good’ with Outstanding features in 2014

Best in Bedford:

In 2015 we were the best sixth form in Bedford for students achieving 3 A-Levels (A*-E)

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STUNNING SUCCESS Our 2016 A-Level results SUBJECT

NO. STUDENTS SAT

A*-C

% A*-C

A*-E

% A*-E

ACCOUNTING

4

1

25%

4

100%

ART, CRAFT & DESIGN

9

7

78%

9

100%

BIOLOGY

13

3

23%

13

100%

BUSINESS STUDIES

36

25

69%

36

100%

4

50%

CHEMISTRY

8

1

13%

CITIZENSHIP STUDIES

4

4

100%

4

100%

COMMUNICATION & CULTURE

7

7

100%

7

100%

DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES

7

4

57%

7

100%

FILM STUDIES

9

9

100%

9

100%

FRENCH

4

2

50%

4

100%

FURTHER MATHEMATICS

3

3

100%

3

100%

ECONOMICS

21

15

71%

21

100%

77%

26

100%

ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

26

20

ENGLISH LITERATURE

19

14

74%

19

100%

GEOGRAPHY

8

2

25%

8

100%

GEOLOGY

6

4

67%

6

100%

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

19

8

42%

19

100%

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION

6

5

83%

6

100%

HISTORY

35

21

60%

33

94%

HUMAN BIOLOGY

1

0

0%

1

100%

ITALIAN

5

5

100%

5

100%

LAW

25

11

44%

23

92%

MATHEMATICS

12

9

75%

11

92%

PHOTOGRAPHY

3

3

100%

3

100%

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

2

0

0%

2

100%

PHYSICS

9

7

78%

9

100%

PSYCHOLOGY

38

24

63%

37

97%

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

14

9

64%

13

93%

SOCIOLOGY

36

30

83%

36

100%

3

3

100%

3

100%

SPANISH

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Overall, our A-Level students achieved a 97% pass rate in 2016

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97% of our students went on to further study or work last year

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DISTINGUISHED DESTINATIONS From Ancient History to Zoology, whatever university course you want to study we will help you get a place. In 2015, 84% of our A-Level students went on to futher study. Our alumni are studying a broad range of subjects at some excellent universities across the UK, including: Ancient History at The University of Nottingham Archaeology at University of Leicester Biomedical Science at King’s College London (University of London) Business Management at Newcastle University Chemical & Process Engineering at London South Bank University Childhood & Youth at The University of Northampton Computer Games Development at University of Bedfordshire Creative Writing at Brunel University Criminology at Lancaster University Dance at Leeds Beckett University Development Studies & International Relations at University of Westminster Economics at University of York Education & Childhood Studies at Anglia Ruskin University English at King’s College London (University of London) Environmental Earth Science at Aberystwyth University Fashion Journalism at University of the Arts London Film Studies at De Montfort University Financial Economics at University of Leicester Fine Art at Leeds College of Art Football Business & Media at Buckinghamshire New University Forensic Science at London South Bank University Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London Geology at University of Leicester Health & Social Care at University of Bedfordshire

History at University of Exeter Illustration & Visual Media at University of the Arts London Journalism Studies at The University of Sheffield Law at The University of Sheffield Marketing at University of Southampton Mathematics with Economics at Loughborough University Modern Languages at The University of Warwick Natural Sciences at University of Greenwich Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes University Ocean Science & Marine Conservation at Plymouth University Paramedic Practice at Teesside University Petroleum Geology at Royal Holloway, University of London Pharmacy with a Foundation Year at University of East Anglia Philosophy and English Language & Linguistics at University of Kent Photography: Editorial & Advertising at University of Gloucestershire Politics at Nottingham Trent University Psychology at The University of Manchester Public Sociology at Birmingham City University Social Anthropology at The University of Manchester Software Engineering at De Montfort University Sport & Physical Education at University of Bedfordshire Textiles: Innovation & Design at Loughborough University Theological Studies in Philosophy & Ethics at The University of Manchester Zoology at The University of Nottingham

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SPECTACULAR RANGE 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 subjects from the following: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

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Applied Business Applied Health & Social Care Applied Science Applied Sport Art & Design Biology Business Chemistry Childrens’ Play, Learning & Development (CPLD) Computer Science Core Maths Dance

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Drama & Theatre Economics English Language & Literature English Literature Film Studies French Further Mathematics Geography German* Government & Politics Graphics History Italian

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Law Mathematics Media Studies Philosophy Photography Physical Education Physics Psychology Sociology Spanish Textiles

*Subject to demand

Please note that courses are subject to change. Please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/courses for the latest list of courses we offer.

A-LEVELS

CERTIFICATES & DIPLOMAS

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.

Certificates and diplomas are equivalent to A-Levels but are assessed through coursework and some examinations. Certificates and diplomas enable you to qualify for UCAS points or go on to a higher apprenticeship or employment.

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YOUR CHOICES AT THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM Typically you study here for two years. In your first year, we will encourage you to take four subjects, giving you more choice and flexibility. You will sit exams at the end of your first year and typically you will continue with three subjects in your second year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS NEW GCSE GRADES The new GCSEs will be awarded in August 2017 using a new grading system. The new GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G, with grade 9 being the highest and set above the old A*.

OLD GCSE Grading Structure

NEW GCSE Grading Structure

A* A B C

GOOD PASS RATE Department for Education (DfE) C and above = 4 and above

D E F G U

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 U

THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Qualification

New Entry Requirements

A Levels only BTEC Level 3

5 GCSEs A*-C or 9-4 and must include grade C in GCSE English Language

If you have not already achieved a GCSE in Maths A*-C or 9-4 you will need to study this as part of your subject options. ● In addition, there may be special entry requirements for certain subjects, please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/courses for the most up-to-date information. ●

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A-Z OF COURSES ART & DESIGN

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Art & Design / Graphics / Photography / Textiles SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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Our Art & 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, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Barbican. There may also be an opportunity to visit a European city. In 2016 our students spent a few days in Barcelona, sketching and photographing the city’s incredible architecture. Extra-curricular 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, 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: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk 1

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BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

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Business / Economics SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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Your learning will come to life during visits to working businesses to see how things work in industry. 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: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

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SHIV’S STORY Studying: A-Level Economics, Government & Politics and History Previous school: Mark Rutherford Next destination: Aston University to study Economics The best thing about The Bedford Sixth Form is that I have been able to study new subjects that wouldn’t have been available to me if I had stayed on at school. Here you really can focus on what you want to with the support of your teachers. When I came to visit at an Open Day I was struck by how large the building was, but you soon find your way around and it’s a very inspirational space to work in. It’s good that we have a canteen on site and a choice of study spaces from the Learning Resources Centre to the Grand Hall and the Hub. I’ve really learnt to love Economics during my time here – I enjoy it as a subject but also like the fact that you can apply it to everyday life. For instance, I’ve enjoyed studying the national economy and understanding what objectives the government have. Moreover you can go into almost any field with an Economics qualification. This year I had the opportunity to enter a competition run by the Bank of England where we had to prepare a presentation to deliver to them. Overall I’ve found my time here very productive; it’s been easy to get my head down and work. I’m now looking forward to going to Aston University to study Economics and would eventually like to move into financial services, perhaps as an investment banker or stockbroker.

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TARA’S STORY Studying: A-Level Business, History and Psychology Previous school: Mark Rutherford Next destination: University of Leicester to study Law When I started at The Bedford Sixth Form, I knew I wanted to eventually study Law at university. My cousin works in law and I used to attend events with her, which is where my interest began. Although the Sixth Form offers Law as an A-Level, I chose to study a combination of Psychology, History and Business, which has given me the skills I need. I have now gained a place to study Law at the University of Leicester. I’ve had the opportunity to choose from a wide range of subjects to fit in with my plans. All of the subject teachers are very good at what they do and their knowledge goes above and beyond the basic curriculum. They are also very approachable if you need help or have any questions. A-Level study is certainly a step up from GCSE. For instance, in History we don’t look at basic events but rather at the personalities of key figures. We have regular sessions with a one-to-one tutor and I have had the opportunity to go on revision trips, including one to Cambridge for Business. I’ve also had lots of support from staff with my UCAS application; my personal statement was checked six times to make sure it was just right and what universities wanted.

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COMPUTING

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Computer Science SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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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 UK1.

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.

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www.thetechpartnership.com

You can study for a degree in related computing subjects or you could also go on to work-based training such as apprenticeships or 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: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov

ENGLISH

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English Language & Literature / English Literature SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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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, marketing and others. To review all your options visit: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

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KELLY-ANN’S STORY Studying: A-Level English Literature, Psychology and Sociology Previous school: Bedford Academy Next destination: Sociology at Nottingham Trent University I chose to study A-Levels at The Bedford Sixth Form because I preferred the environment here compared to school. There is a mutual respect between tutor and student, which was apparent from when I first visited at an Open Day. I particularly enjoy studying Sociology as I find it so interesting. I’ve spent a few years volunteering in the social work sector so already had an insight into it before I started A-Level study. The course has been very varied covering areas from families and education to crime, deviance and beliefs. We’ve been on a few trips as part of the English Literature course. We went to see the stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at the Royal Durngate Theatre in Northampton and also attended a conference to help with exam technique. I didn’t know anyone when I started at the Sixth Form, but I settled in quickly because everyone is so welcoming. The staff in the Learning Resources Centre will do all they can to help you and it’s great to have lots of spaces like the Hub and the Grand Hall to study in, alongside the library. My teachers have been brilliant; they are very friendly and approachable and also spent time to help me with the UCAS process. After a successful application and interview I am now going to study Sociology at Nottingham Trent University.

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KRISTINA’S STORY Studying: A-Level Art, Geography and Geology Previous school: Sandy Upper School Next destination: Aberystwyth University to study Geography I chose The Bedford Sixth Form as it was somewhere new and completely different to school. I had completed a year studying Hairdressing beforehand, but realised that it wasn’t the right path for me and that I wanted to study for A-Levels instead. I enjoyed Physical Geography at school, so it was great to be able to study both Geography and Geology at the Sixth Form, and then combine this with Art, which is obviously completely different. My Art teacher has been fantastic. She has supported me with whatever projects I have chosen to take on and helped me to take my own ideas forward and express them in my own way. The Art rooms are really good compared to school and have plenty of resources, from computers with Photoshop to lots of different materials to experiment with. We had the opportunity to go on a four day trip to Barcelona this year as part of the course. We visited galleries, studied some of the architecture and I used much of what I saw as inspiration for my final coursework piece. Geology was completely new to me when I started here and although it has been a challenge, I’ve really enjoyed learning about the earth’s processes and how the planet was created. My favourite part of Geography has been globalisation, looking at how this links to current world situations. I am looking forward to going to Aberystwyth University in September to study Geography.

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HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

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Childrens’ Play, Learning & Development (CPLD) / Geography / Government & Politics / Health & Social Care / History / Law / Philosophy / Psychology / Sociology SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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You will have a lot of opportunities to get out of the classroom, including attending conferences, listening to guest speakers, 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 in London. 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. In fact, 60% of the UK’s leaders have Humanities, Arts or Social Science degrees1 Alternatively, a career in Law could lead to becoming a legal executive, solicitor or lawyer. To review all your options visit: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk 1

New College of the Humanities research 2012

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LANGUAGES French / German* / Italian / Spanish SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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We live in a global village, with a multitude of different languages spoken around the world. Increasingly organisations need the skills of linguists to communicate effectively with international audiences. 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.

If you are fluent in another language we can support you to achieve the relevant A-Level language qualification. In recent years our students have gained A-Levels in Bengali, Chinese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and Russian.

As the importance of trading internationally increases, research has shown that 70% of businesses value foreign language skills1. Other career options include a foreign language teacher or a translator. To review all your options visit: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk * subject to demand 1 Changing the Pace CBI/Pearson Education & Skills Survey 2013

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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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MATHS

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Core Mathematics / Mathematics / Further Mathematics SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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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 run 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 can also 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. In fact, graduates with a Maths degree 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 To review all your career options visit: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk 1 www.mathscareers.org.uk

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MEDIA & FILM Film Studies / Media Studies SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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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.

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The UK’s media industry employs just under one million people, 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: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk 1

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PERFORMING ARTS Dance / Drama & Theatre SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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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.

Dance and Drama can both be studied at university as a single discipline or as part of a combined degree with a vast range of subjects. You could go on to develop a career as a professional dancer, West End performer, teacher, community dance artist, or arts manager. Did you know that 86% of actors have had professional training?1

We have a theatre and dance studio on campus so you’ll be learning in professional environments.

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NATHAN’S STORY Studying: A-Level Government & Politics, History and Law Previous school: Home Educated Next destination: The University of Nottingham to study Law I had been home educated my entire life, but when it came to studying for my A-Levels I felt that I would benefit from specialist teaching and more learning resources. The Bedford Sixth Form was an excellent move for me; because it is independent and not connected to a school, it meant that everyone was starting with a clean slate and I wouldn’t be joining an existing group of friends. There’s no time to get bored outside of lessons. I have joined plenty of lunchtime clubs during my time here including dodgeball, basketball, football, volleyball and the debating society, which helped me gain the skills I needed to study Law and Government and Politics A-Level. I’ve really enjoyed my time here; I’ve made numerous new friends and shared some unforgettable moments with them. The opportunities open to me have been first class. I achieved an A* in Law and A grades in History and Government & Politics to study Law at The University of Nottingham. I chose Nottingham because it’s a renowned international university and will give me the opportunity to study a year abroad. Eventually I would like to become a solicitor or a barrister. Alternatively, having been an Air Cadet for four years, I’d be keen to enter the military as a pilot if I decide to move away from Law in the future.

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ELLEN’S STORY Studying: A-Level Physics, Maths and Geology Previous school: Redborne Upper School Next destination: Cardiff University to study Civil & Environment Engineering When I was looking at where to study for my A-Levels I knew I wanted to go somewhere independent so that I would be treated as an adult. The Bedford Sixth Form has provided me with a better learning environment than school and a halfway house to university. I’ve met lots of new people and learnt to study independently within a supportive environment. The teachers here are very good. They are easy to talk to and are able to spend time with you during lessons because the class sizes are small. The Geology classrooms are stocked with a good range of specimens and the science labs are also well equipped. The fact that there are lots of different study spaces on campus is perfect for me, as I can’t work in total silence. I enjoyed studying the land side of Geography at school so Geology was an obvious choice for me. There is an engineering element to the course, which fits perfectly with my future plans. I’ve always loved Maths and Physics and will be able to draw all three subjects together when I go to study Civil & Environment Engineering at Cardiff University after finishing here. I am delighted to have achieved an A Star in Geology, an A grade in Maths and a B in Physics. Not only have the teachers here helped greatly with my UCAS application but also with some of the finer details of going to university such as sorting student finance. Coming to The Bedford Sixth Form is the best thing I could have done and I would definitely recommend it. 26 Like us

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SCIENCES

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Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Science SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND

As a Science student, you will be kept busy with a range of trips to places such as the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and external planned lectures, as well as plenty of opportunities for practical investigations in our well-equipped science labs.

Science A-Levels are required as entrance for most Medicine and Veterinary courses in addition to a range of other science related degrees. Graduates with science degrees are in great demand in the UK. For example the salary of an average Physics graduate is up to 30% more than someone with just A-levels.1 Future careers could include becoming a Doctor, Vet, Zoologist or a Forensic Scientist. To review all your options visit: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

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SPORTS STUDIES

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Physical Education / Sport

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND

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: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

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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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 your interests:

ART & DRAMA

SPORT & FITNESS

Art Drama ● Photography

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CULTURE & MEDIA ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Book Club Debating Society Challenge & Extension Club Chess & Backgammon Fundraising & Volunteering Film Society Mooting (Law) Student Magazine

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Badminton Basketball Dodgeball Football Netball Rounders Swimming Table Tennis Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Yoga

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 Volunteering: within local organisations which benefit the community and your UCAS application

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EXCITING ENRICHMENT WORK EXPERIENCE The Bedford Sixth Form encourages students to find placements related to their subject or future career path, to enhance their personal development, UCAS application and CVs. In the past, students have found shadowing work in law firms and the healthcare industry whilst others have been involved in Bedford Borough play schemes, local gyms and sports clubs, in addition to overseas schemes such as Camp America. The Bedford Sixth Form also has an award-winning careers team who provide guidance and support to those who require any help determining what type of work to pursue or in locating any work experience. We also have a Job Shop noticeboard and bulletin available for all students looking for part-time employment.

TRIPS We bring learning to life through trips and visits. Here is a selection of the most recent trips our students have enjoyed: Trip: 23rd International Prague

Film Festival Course: Film Studies This exciting, four day trip included visits to the 23rd International Prague Film Festival – Febiofest, a trip to Prague Castle, Petrin Hill Tower, New Presence Magazine and Barrandov Film Studios.

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Old Sulehay Woodland, near Stibbington, Peterborough Course: Biology Students were trained in the practical techniques used to measure biodiversity and to use some simple statistics to interpret and evaluate their results from a simple study. They identified a few species of plants and animals and collected data in a woodland to assess the effect of coppicing on biodiversity.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Course: Drama

Drama students visited Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to see ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to help them understand both the historical context and the original performance conditions for the final part of their written A-Level exam.


OTHER OTHER TRIPS TRIPS INCLUDE: INCLUDE:

STUDENT COUNCIL

● Art & Design: Barcelona; Paris; Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge Museums, Paris; Fitzwilliam Museum ● Biology: Science Museum; Museum; Sanger Museum, Natural History Museum,

Stibbington Fields Institute; Institution, Stibbington Fields, Corby Woodland; Marston Vale ● Business: Loughborough University Business Department; Cambridge; Light House Cinema, Loughborough

Clothes Show Live in Birmingham Kempston University;Outdoor BusinessCentre; Department, Stratford; Westfield Drama: Shopping Centre, Kempston; Birmingham; ● Globe Theatre and theOutdoor Victoria Centre, and Albert Museum

Clothes Show Live in London ● English Drama: London Globe Theatre, AlbertTheatre, MuseumLondon and ● Literature: As You Like ItVictoria at the Globe Vaudeville Theatre ● Film Studies: Prague Film Festival; British Film Institute in ● Economics: London Revision Conference, Cambridge; Light London House Cinema ● French: London Language Conference ● English Literature: As You Like It at the Globe Theatre ● Government & Politics: Tour of Parliament in London ● Film Studies: Berlin or Prague; Film Festival and British Film ● History: Museums in London Institute ● Law: EULondon Court inLanguage London; Galleries of Justice in Nottingham ● French: Conference ● ● Physics: Geology:Culham Potton Science for data Lab collection ● Psychology & Sociology: Dr Steve Taylor Study Workshop; ● Government & Politics: Tour of Parliament

London School of Economics

● History: London Museums and Banqueting Hall ● Law: Brussels; EU Court, Nottingham; Galleries of Justice ● PE & Sport: Sports Festivals, visit to the University of

Bedfordshire specialist sports science laboratories

● Physics: Culham Science Lab ● Psychology & Sociology: Dr Steve Taylor Study Workshop;

London School Economics

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. ● Have a greater role in developing the Student Voice via ●

‘Have ‘Have Your Your Say’ Say’ and and focus focus groups. groups. ● of Year Prom’. ● Create Create and and support support events events such such as as the ‘End‘End of Year Prom’

STUDENT AMBASSADORS STUDENT AMBASSADORS

Becoming a Student Ambassador helps you to be more Becoming Student Ambassador youoftoactivities be moreand involved inaSixth Form life throughhelps a range involved in aSixth Formopportunity life throughto a range of activities and events. It’s fantastic develop wider skills that events. It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop wider skills that both universities and employers look for. both universities and employers look for. If you are selected as a Student Ambassador you will be If you arein: selected as a Student Ambassador you will be involved involved in: ● Inspiring potential students through being involved at our ● Inspiring potential students through being involved at our open days and campus tours open days and campus tours. ● Helping new students settle in through our Welcome Day ● Helping new students settle in through our Welcome Day and induction and induction. ● Making an impact on how The Bedford Sixth Form operates ● Making an impact on how The Bedford Sixth Form operates through focus groups. through focus groups. To find out more and information and receive a calendar of events, please contact: xx

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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 wood panelled, original library and the former onsite church has been refurbished as classrooms. The Grand Hall is often used for students’ 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 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 drop-in sessions throughout the UCAS application period, where you can 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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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

PERSONAL COUNSELLORS

Our Student Services team are here 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. In addition, we have a new Academic Excellence Bursary for students who achieve eight GCSEs grades 9-6. See page 36 for more details.

Our counsellor is 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 2017 and a British or European Union resident, the tuition and exam registration fees for your course are FREE. If you are aged 19 or over you can apply for the government’s Advanced Learner Loan, which is a low-interest, repayable loan to pay for tuition fees.

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 £50 charge for day trips, visits and external speakers which will be collected at enrolment.

NEW ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BURSARY SCHEME You may qualify for this £4,000 bursary if you achieve eight GCSEs grades 9-6 including English and Maths and at least four of your GCSEs are at grades 9-7. You will need to study our full-time A-Level (or equivalent Level 3) programme. This bursary is not means tested and the £4,000 is paid over two years. To find out more please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/ bursaries

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT Here is an overview of the financial help that may be on offer to 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?

Information

Advanced Learner Loan

No

Yes

If you are aged 19 or over you can apply for this government loan. The amount is paid directly to The Bedford Sixth Form on your behalf. You’ll only need to start repaying the loan after you’ve completed your course and you’re earning more than £21,000 per year. Visit www.gov.uk for more information.

Childcare support

Yes

Yes

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+ and receiving the Advanced Learner Loan you may receive childcare help through the Sixth Form’s Advanced Learner Loans Bursary.

Course costs bursary

Yes

Yes

You may be able to receive help towards your essential course costs. The amount you receive will depend on your age and household income.

Discretionary hardship bursary

Yes

No

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 if funds are still available, after priority is given to all essential support funding for applicants.

Meals’ bursary

Yes

No

You may qualify for a meals’ bursary if you are aged 16-18 and have a household income of £16,190 or less. You can apply for this through the 16-18 Bursary scheme.

Travel support

Yes

Yes

There is a travel bursary 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. In 2016/2017 our Travel Bursary was means-tested and open to those with a household income of £30,000 or less. For the latest information and up to date terms and conditions for 2017/2018 please visit www. bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/travel Students aged 19+ may be eligible for help with travel costs from the Adult Support Fund.

Vulnerable Learner Bursary

Yes

No

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 This financial support information is based on what we offered our students in 2016/2017 - visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/finance for the latest updates. Further terms and conditions for each bursary apply – visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/finance for full details.

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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 two minute 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. To find the best route that suits you please visit the local bus operator’s website: www.stagecoachbus.com

HELP WITH TRAVEL COSTS 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 2016/17 it was worth £450 a year. In 2016/2017 the bursary was available if you were: ●

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 2017/2018 please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/travel

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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: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/travel for more information. Alternative ways to travel include: ● By Foot Take a stroll to The Bedford Sixth Form – we’re located right in the centre of town (see the map opposite). ● 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: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/downloads ● 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. Please visit National Rail at www.nationalrail.co.uk 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 carers 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 Parents’ Guide that you can download from: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/downloads

HOW MANY STUDENTS PROGRESS ON TO UNIVERSITY?

All students benefit from their own personal tutor for ongoing one-to-one support. For help with subject related questions and queries, their subject teachers 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 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.

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 37 for details.

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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?

Last year 97% of our pupils went on to further study and/ or work including degree-level study at Russell Group institutions such as King’s College London (University of London) and The University of Manchester.

WILL MY SON/DAUGHTER HAVE TO PAY ANY COSTS FOR STUDYING AT THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM?

HOW WILL YOU KEEP MY SON/DAUGHTER SAFE?

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 Day 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, visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/courses

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

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 30 April 2017.

After accepting your offer you will be invited to attend our special welcome event on 30 June 2017 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

2. VISIT US

3. APPLY ONLINE AT www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk

6. WELCOME EVENT

Post-GCSE results advice is available at our Sixth Form Advice Day on Thursday 24 August 2017 – 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 2017 and finalise your offer of a place. Enrolment will be from Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September 2017. Induction is Monday 4 September to Friday 8 September 2017. Term begins on Monday 11 September 2017.

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: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/downloads

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Don’t forget! Deadline for applications is 31 May 2017. You can apply before you get your GCSE results!

KEEP IN TOUCH

TERM DATES 2017/2018 Our academic year runs from September to June

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Spring Term 2018

Monday 4 September 2017 – Friday 15 December 2017 Half-term: Monday 23 October 2017 – Friday 27 October 2017

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Monday 8 January 2018 – Thursday 29 March 2018 Half-term: Monday 12 February 2018 – Friday 16 February 2018

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Summer Term 2018

01234 291291

Monday 16 April 2018 – Thursday 21 June 2018 Half-term: Monday 28 May 2018 – Friday 1 June 2018

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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