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Summary of Contents Absence procedure 07 Academic Support Tutorials (ASTs) 04 Acceptable use of computers 06 Additional support for students 08 Attendance and punctuality 06 Bicycles for loan 10 Bicycles, motorcycles and cars 11 Careers information, advice and guidance 10 Catering facilities 11 Change of circumstances 07 Changing a subject 08 Charges to students for college activities 12 College environment 11 Communication with parents/carers 05 Compliments, concerns and complaints 12 Directed Study Time (DST) 04 Disciplinary procedure 12 Dress to college 12 Enrichment programme (6Xtra) 11 Equality and diversity 06 Examination certificates and BTEC coursework 09 Examination resists 09 Examination study leave 09 External examinations 08 Financial contributions to specific subjects 14 - 19 FYi - The learning centre 09 Hardship fund 10 Illegal substances, smoking and consumption 11 of alcohol Independent study 08 Lockers 10 Long-term sickness 06 Membership cards 05 Minimum Target Grades (MTG) 08 Mock examinations 09 Other policies operated by the Directors 13 (Governing Body) Pastoral care and tutorial 08 Progression to Year 2 09 Reception 06 Safeguarding and confidentiality 07 Safety and first aid 07 Student financial support 10 Study programmes and entry requirements 04 Student services 09 Term time holidays 06 The Blackpool Sixth day 06 Transport support 10 Work experience placements 10

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Blackpool Sixth 2015 - 2016 Introduction

Our values

Welcome to Blackpool Sixth.

The core values listed below underpin everything we do as a college and as a community:

I am delighted that you have chosen to join us for your next step in your education. Blackpool Sixth is a very welcoming, supportive and friendly place in which to study. Students achieve outstanding results; this is in part due to the fact that we have high expectations of all our students and staff. I hope that you find this handbook helpful. You will find information about important matters, including student attendance, travel, college policies and health and welfare. Our ‘College Expects’ document gives guidance to students on what is expected of them in terms of their studies and general behaviour. It also clearly sets out the high standards that Blackpool Sixth expects of itself to ensure that students can achieve their full potential and receive the best support. We will provide an environment that helps students to make a smooth and confident transition to university, further training and a future career. Blackpool Sixth values the best possible partnership between college, students and parents/carers. Communication with parents/carers is very important to us. We maintain regular contact via email, therefore, it is important that parents/carers provide current email addresses. Every term parents/carers will receive a Parents’ Newsletter which will provide updated information and news about Blackpool Sixth. Please visit our website www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk for regularly updated news and information. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of my staff at anytime, if you need to. Wishing you happiness and success during your time with us.

Respect - for ourselves, for others, for the environment
 Excellence and High Aspirations - being the best we can be, by striving to be more Support - helping everyone to succeed
 Inclusion - valuing everyone equally and striving to overcome any barriers to success
 Global Citizenship - being active in improving our world and broadening horizons
 Enthusiasm - learning because we love to learn, teaching because we love to teach
 Integrity - acting according to our values and promises Please note: The information given in this handbook was accurate at the time of going to press in July 2015 but may, of course, be superseded in some respects during the academic year 2015/2016.

Important dates for 2015 - 2016 17th & 18th August 3rd September 4th September 7th September 16th September 26th - 30th October 17th December 4th January 11th – 15th January 3rd February 10th February

Jill Gray Principal

15th - 19th February 10th March 24th March 24th March 11th April 2nd May 27th May

Mission Statement Inspiring learning, Developing mind and character, Building your future.

30th May - 3rd June 23rd June 5th July 18th August 8th September

Enrolment for new students Induction Day for Lower Sixth and 2Plus students Lessons for L6 and 2Plus students only Start of term for Upper Sixth Welcome Evening for all new students and their parents/carers Half term Students finish for 
Christmas Blackpool Sixth opens for Spring Term Mock examination week Parents’ Consultation
 Evening (surname A-K) Parents’ Consultation Evening (surname L-Z) Half term Preparing for University Evening for Upper Sixth parents/carers HE Information Evening
 for Lower Sixth parents/carers Students finish for Easter Sixth Form opens for Summer Term May Day Bank Holiday Full-time study leave begins for Upper Sixth and 2Plus students Half term Progression Evening (Lower Sixth students and parents/carers) Lower Sixth students finish for Summer AS/A2 Results Day Start of term for Upper Sixth

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Study programmes and entry requirements All students will have a study programme which will include: • Main area of study (A Levels, Level 3 BTECs or GCSEs, where appropriate.) • Pastoral mentor session • Pastoral mentor 1:1 review meetings • Directed Study Time (DST) • Course enrichment (e.g. course related visits and visiting speakers from higher education and industry) • Enrichment (e.g. 6Advance and 6Xtra activities) • Experience of work (e.g employability skills development) In addition, study programmes may also include: • English and Maths GCSE studies (where appropriate) • Additional qualifications (e.g. Community Sports Leaders Award) • Work placement or volunteering placement

Study Programme : Main area of study

Entry Requirements

A Level Programme 4 AS courses In some cases a GCSE in English or Maths as part of the programme.

Students require at least 3 GCSEs at grade B and 3 GCSEs at grade C in 6 different academic GCSEs, including maths and English.

TechBacc Programme Double BTEC + AS level or Triple BTEC AND Core Maths OR AS Maths and EPQ

At least 2 B grades and 4 C grades in 6 different GCSEs, including GCSE Maths and English at C or above

BTEC Programme BTEC Extended Diploma or Diploma with single BTEC or AS course(s) and/or GCSE English/Maths where required

Students generally require 5 GCSE passes of C grade or above (or equivalent), including English or Maths. Passes must cover at least 3 different subject areas.

2Plus Programme (Level Two) BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Workskills or Level 2 Certificate in Enterprise and Employability plus GCSE English and/or Maths, where appropriate

A minimum of 4 D grades at GCSE is required to begin the 2Plus programme with GCSE Maths and English grades of at least E, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

This is a foundation year for those students who don’t as yet have 5 GCSEs at A* to C and are looking to boost their qualifications, before taking Level 3 BTEC or A level courses,or entering the world of employment with training

Academic Support Tutorials (ASTs) Each subject is allocated additional time each week to provide extra support for students. ASTs will be provided to support students who may be struggling to understand specific areas of the syllabus, or those who are aiming towards high grades. ASTs will take place during the timetabled slot for that subject.

Directed Study Time (DST) Directed Study Time (DST) gives students the opportunity to work during their core day at college to complete tasks set by their subject teachers and other members of staff. Students will be set DST tasks such as: • completion of homework or assignments • coursework • preparation for lessons or wider reading • research tasks

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Communication with parents/carers

the student’s Pastoral Mentor or contact the member of staff directly via email.

At Blackpool Sixth we recognise the commitment parents make in supporting their daughter’s/son’s/ward’s learning, so we aim to work in partnership with parents/carers to ensure all students achieve their full potential. We keep parents/carers involved in a variety of ways.

Pastoral Mentors or Heads of Department will get in touch with parents/carers from time to time, and particularly if there is any reason for concern about a student’s work or well-being, attendance or punctuality.

Email Blackpool Sixth is committed to improving the environment and will use paperless forms of communication, where possible. Newsletters and progress reports will be sent to parents/carers via email. It is important that college is informed of any changes to email addresses by sending the details to enquiries@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk Newsletter Parents/carers will receive a Parents’ Newsletter in the Autumn and Spring terms which will provide updated information and news about college. Website There is a wealth of information and news items available on our frequently updated website www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk. Parent portal The parent portal is an online tool giving parents/carers direct access to their daughter’s/son’s/ward’s up-to-date attendance and progress data. Access details to the parent portal will be provided to parents/carers who are named on the student enrolment form and have provided a personal email address. If the college has a valid email address for parents/carers then account details, including username and password, will then be automatically sent by email by the end of September. Otherwise, an application to have access to the parent portal post enrolment can be made using the portal application form available from the college website. Parents’/carers’ welcome evening This gives parents/carers an opportunity to establish personal contact with their daughter’s, son’s or ward’s Pastoral Mentor, learn more about Blackpool Sixth and the demands of the courses, and raise any concerns. Attendance reports These will be sent to parents/carers in October and January. Attendance data is also included in the Progress Review reports sent in November and February. Progress Review and consultation evenings Progress review reports giving details of each student’s progress, effort, attendance and current achievement are sent to parents/carers in December and in February. These follow one to one discussions between the student and his/her Subject Teachers and Pastoral Mentor. Consultation evenings are held each year in February when parents/carers come into college to consult with individual Subject Teachers. Students are expected to accompany their parents/carers to the consultation evening.

A member of the reception team may telephone parents/carers to seek information about any student who is absent without a valid explanation. Students over 18 years of age are advised to inform the Head of Student Services if they do not wish college to contact their parents/carers.

Membership cards All staff and students must wear their membership card visibly on a lanyard around their neck whilst on the college site, in lessons, when using college facilities or when taking part in college activities. This helps us to ensure the safety of all members of college and to confirm that only recognised visitors are welcomed on to the site. Be safe – we are committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment at college. Wearing membership cards will help us to feel safer by reducing the likelihood of strangers gaining unauthorised access to college. It is vital that we are aware of who should be in the college so we can easily identify anyone who is not supposed to be here. Anyone not wearing their membership card will be challenged and, if necessary, asked to leave. Be proud – we should all be proud to show that we are members of Blackpool Sixth. The wider community will be able to more easily recognise what a college student or member of staff is like. This will add to our reputation for excellence and will improve the life chances of all members of college as we move forward in our future careers. Be part of it – safety and reputation is the responsibility of all members of college. We must all play our part in wearing our membership cards and challenging people who are not displaying a valid membership card or visitor pass. We will all work together to make sure that college continues to be a safe and successful place to work and study. Students who forget to bring their membership card to college will be asked to report to reception or the Student Finance Office where they will be given a temporary membership card. Lost/replacement membership cards can be purchased at a cost of £2 from the Student Finance Office. We take the safety of our students very seriously and anyone persistently not visibly wearing a membership card could face disciplinary action.

There will be a higher education information evening for the parents/carers of Lower Sixth students in March. A careers and higher education progression evening will take place in June to help to confirm students’ decisions about their futures through a discussion involving the student, Pastoral Mentor and parents/carers. Representatives from universities and employers are available for consultation at this event. Parents/carers are welcome to enquire at any time about their daughter’s, son’s or ward’s progress, or any other matter. Please either telephone college and ask to speak to

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The Blackpool Sixth day Blackpool Sixth is open from 8.00 a.m. until 5.30 pm each weekday during term time. Timetabled classes are generally arranged in sessions 1 to 6 but some activities, such as sport, enrichment activities and field trips take place outside these hours, and special arrangements are then made for students to have whatever access to Blackpool Sixth facilities they need.

Timetable for Lower Sixth students 2015/16 1 08:45-10:00

10:00-10:15

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

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10:15-11:30

11:30-12:15

12:15-13.30

13:30-14:45

14:45-16:00

Break Break Break Break Break

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

Please note: each student receives a personalised timetable when they join Blackpool Sixth.

Reception

Term time holidays

Reception is located on the ground floor of the main building and is staffed from 8.15am to 5.30pm. Enquiries can be directed to reception in person, or by telephone, using the main Blackpool Sixth number 01253 394911.

Losing vital weeks of study through taking a holiday has been shown to result in students underperforming in both exams and in BTEC coursework. Blackpool Sixth, therefore, does not permit holidays during term time and will refuse to readmit a student who takes an unauthorised holiday.

Attendance and punctuality Regular and punctual attendance at lessons is crucial to the success of our students. We monitor attendance at all lessons and other timetabled activities using an electronic register system. Parents/ carers will be informed if students show a pattern of missing sessions without explanation or if they show poor punctuality. Parents/carers are able to view the up-to-date attendance records using the online parent portal (see the Blackpool Sixth website for further details).

Equality and diversity Blackpool Sixth celebrates and promotes diversity and advances equal opportunities for all. We aim to create an environment where students, staff and visitors are treated fairly, irrespective of race, ethnic origin, nationality, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief. We work to ensure an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed and valued as an individual and that their opinions, views and diversity are encouraged. Blackpool Sixth believes that everyone has the right to be treated with respect, and does not tolerate bullying or harassment in any form. Please speak to any member of staff to report suspected instances of harassment, or contact the Head of Student Services. All allegations of bullying will be investigated sensitively and appropriate action will be taken.

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If there are extenuating circumstances or if it is an exceptional visit that will enhance career prospects,then permission must be sought from the Principal, in writing, at least one month in advance. Permission to engage in such an activity is at the discretion of the Principal.

Acceptable use of computers We have outstanding IT facilities for students that are used inside and outside lesson time to support and enhance learning. Blackpool Sixth has a very clear Acceptable Use of Computers policy which each student agrees to the first time they log onto a college computer. Failure to comply with the policy could result in serious disciplinary action being taken. During induction lessons all students are given information, advice and guidance about responsible and safe use of IT and the internet.

Long-term sickness Where a student has an ongoing medical condition causing absence, but remains fit to study, it may be possible to make arrangements to support continued access to learning. Suitable medical evidence, along with recommendations from teaching staff is essential in order for this access arrangement to be put in place. Each case is considered on an individual basis by the Head of Additional Learning Support.


Absence procedure At Blackpool Sixth we expect students to let Subject Teachers know in advance if they are going to be absent from classes due to a scheduled appointment. Students should also inform reception so that absences can be logged on our registration system.

Authorised unforeseen absences • An emergency family situation (a letter from parent/carer should be submitted to reception). • Transport problems with no alternative solution (inform reception on arrival at Blackpool Sixth).

For unforeseen absences, we expect students, or their parent/ carer, to either text, email or telephone Blackpool Sixth before 10.30am on each day of absence. Texts should be sent to 88020. The text must start with B6absent followed by a space and then the student’s name and a brief reason for absence. Phone Calls should be made to the direct college line 01253 394911 and emails sent to enquiries@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk. Emails must contain the student’s name and a brief reason for absence.

Examples of unacceptable reasons for absence • Holidays • Part or full-time work that is not part of the student’s • programme of study • Leisure activities • Birthdays or similar celebrations • Babysitting younger siblings • Shopping • Driving lessons • Driving Theory Test • Training in preparation for holiday/seasonal work

Authorised absences – if Blackpool Sixth is notified in advance • A medical appointment that cannot be arranged outside college hours (appointment card or appointment letter must be presented to reception). • A religious holiday (a letter from parent/carer should be submitted to reception). • Visit to university to attend an open day/interview; a careerrelated interview or audition (appointment letter must be submitted to the reception). • Unpaid work experience placement relevant to course or career aim (Pastoral Mentor or Subject Teacher must inform reception). • Attendance at a funeral of a close relative (a letter from parent/carer should be submitted to reception). • Attendance at court or an appointment with a legal adviser (appointment letter must be submitted to reception). • A practical driving test (appointment letter must be submitted to reception). Note: Routine medical appointments (e.g. doctor, optician and dental appointments) should be made outside timetabled sessions and are not considered as authorised absences.

Safeguarding and confidentiality Blackpool Sixth is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners, staff and visitors. All staff will be carefully selected using recruitment and selection procedures designed to emphasise our commitment to safeguarding. All posts, including volunteers, are subject to enhanced DBS clearance. Blackpool Sixth actively promotes health awareness amongst students. Each member of the Blackpool Sixth community has an individual responsibility for health and safety. We have trained First Aiders on site at all times and access to a First Aid room. Blackpool Sixth staff cannot offer absolute confidentiality to students. There are clear situations when it is essential that staff share information with external agencies such as social services or the police, for instance when there is suspicion or evidence that a student is in danger of being harmed or abused. If you have any concerns about any safeguarding issues, or would like further information, please contact college and ask to speak with Stuart Ormson, the Head of Student Services, and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Alternatively, you can email safeguarding.alert@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk

Whatever the reason for absence, it is the student’s responsibility to complete work missed as quickly as possible. Students are expected to collect work from their Subject Teacher to prepare for the next lesson. Blackpool Sixth will support individuals following a period of absence and teachers will help students to quickly get students back on track. Students who feel unwell whilst at college should report to the Focus Centre where a member of staff will liaise with parents/ carers to decide whether or not it is appropriate to let them go home or seek medical attention. Student illness, unless supported by a doctor’s note, will be classed as an unauthorised absence.

Change of circumstances It is important that all our records are fully up to date. Students must inform reception of any change in personal circumstances, for example home address, email address or telephone number.

Safety and first aid Blackpool Sixth is a very safe and secure learning environment. In the unlikely event that students have an accident (or a near miss) at Blackpool Sixth, they should report it to the member of staff in charge or to reception. If necessary a First Aider will be contacted. Students who are feeling unwell may seek assistance from any member of staff or from the Focus Centre. A First Aider will be called to attend to them if necessary.

Any students who are now, or ever have been, in care/looked after, or students who are living independently, should speak to a member of staff in the Student Finance and Welfare Office, who will offer practical support and advice. There may also be additional financial support for students in this position.

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Pastoral care and tutorial

Changing a subject

All students are allocated a Pastoral Mentor who will offer support and guidance throughout their time at Blackpool Sixth. They will help students to settle into college quickly, monitor their academic progress and look after their wellbeing. The Pastoral Mentor is central to everything students do and is the first line of support for them whilst at college.

Students are expected to show a commitment to their studies and continue with each of their chosen courses for the entire academic year. Occasionally, students may find they have made an unsuitable choice for a variety of reasons. In such circumstances it may be possible to arrange a change of subject during the week beginning Monday 14th September.

If parents or carers have any concerns, they should contact the Pastoral Mentor who will respond as soon as possible.

Any student who has concerns about his or her course choices should speak to his or her Pastoral Mentor.

Every student is a member of a tutor group. Pastoral Mentors deliver a tutorial programme that is an integral part of students’ learning and development. It supports them to succeed on their programmes of study and progress into higher education or employment with training. The tutorial programme aims to develop students’ ability to monitor and improve their own academic progress, to research and plan for moving on after college and to promote healthy lifestyle choices. It also helps students to acquire a greater awareness of social and economic-related issues.

Independent study

Students will meet with their Pastoral Mentor at least once a week as part of a group and also have regular individual tutorials to discuss their progress and agree specific targets for improvement.

Additional support for students Blackpool Sixth provides support for students whose additional needs may have been already recognised in school. However, support is also available where students’ needs are identified in college. We support students with a variety of needs, relating to mobility and wheelchair access, visual or hearing impairment, dyslexia, dyspraxia, communication needs and medical conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy. All students are given an initial literacy assessment during Induction. This, together with other information (for example from the family or school), helps us to identify students who would benefit from support. If a parent, carer or student feels that support may be needed at Blackpool Sixth, please contact the Head of Additional Learning Support on 01253 394911, or email learning.alert@ blackpoolsixth.ac.uk.

Minimum Target Grades (MTG) Students are given a Minimum Target Grade (MTG) at the start of their course. The MTG is based on the student’s average GCSE points score and is the minimum acceptable grade that should be achieved in each subject. The MTG is used to monitor the progress of individual students. The aspiration for students should be to at least achieve their MTG. We refer to MTGs in Progress Review reports which are sent to parents/carers in November and February each year. Either side of these dates each student’s performance is regularly monitored and, where progress appears to be falling below minimum expectations, students will be directed to attend academic support tutorials (ASTs) and receive extra support from their Pastoral Mentor.

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Students have an individual timetable that will include some “Directed Study Time” sessions, DSTs. The DST give students the opportunity to continue working on directed study tasks or assignments in the learning resource areas in college. Students should expect to spend at least four hours on independent study every week for each of their subjects. This will include research for assignments and extra reading, as well as set homework and directed study tasks. Pastoral Mentors will help students to make effective use of their independent study time and support students to complete work and meet deadlines.

External examinations For a significant number of subjects at GCSE, AS and A2, students will be required to sit examinations in the summer season (May/June). Many of the Visual Art subjects have exams in March and April. If a student has more than one examination externally timetabled at the same time, the Examinations Team will arrange for them to be taken at an alternative time on the same day and advise the student of the new exam start times. This may mean a student has to stay in isolation during the day, so will need to bring food and drink for lunch periods under supervision. Students will be individually notified if they are affected. Mobile phones and electronic communication/storage devices are not permitted in examination rooms, and disqualification is a risk if a student is found to be in possession of unauthorised items or materials. Students are expected to attend examinations with the appropriate resources such as black pens, pencils, rulers and calculators, where appropriate. The resources required are listed on examination timetables issued to students. Provided students have attended regularly and worked to the best of their ability, they will take their examinations (first attempt) free of charge. However, the demands of college courses are considerable and to guarantee examination entry paid for by Blackpool Sixth, a student must record a minimum lesson attendance of 90% in each subject unless there are special circumstances. Students whose attendance drops below 90% may be required to pay for their exam entry fees.


Mock examinations

FYi – The learning centre

In order to prepare students fully for the challenges of the summer examinations, we have planned a Mock Exam Week that will take place early in January. Students will sit mock examinations in all examination based courses at Level 2 and Level 3. This will give students a taste of the real experience of sitting exams, and help them and their teachers to assess progress and plan improvements.

FYi (For Your Information) is the name given to our fully equipped Library and Learning Resource Centre. The state-ofthe-art facilities have been carefully designed to aid students’ learning, and put an extensive range of resources for their use in a modern and comfortable environment. There are thousands of books, a wide range of magazines and DVDs, and the Library also provides access to university-style databases for both students and staff. FYi staff support your learning by finding and using information for you, and help you to become an independent learner ready for life after college.

Examination resits Examinations can be re-taken but college will only pay for the examination entry fee for the first attempt. Students wishing to resit examinations will be advised to discuss options with their Subject Teachers and Pastoral Mentor and submit applications with payment by the published deadline for the relevant academic year.

Examination study leave There will be short periods of study leave to offer students the opportunity to prepare for external examinations. Study leave consists of one half day immediately prior to each examination, except in the case of a Monday morning exam.

Examination certificates and BTEC coursework The rising costs of postage have made it prohibitive for Blackpool Sixth to post Examination Certificates to students at the end of their studies. Students are requested to collect their certificates in the Autumn Term after they have completed their time at Blackpool Sixth. Email reminders will be sent but the college can only retain the certificates for a limited period before returning them to Awarding Bodies. BTEC coursework will be retained in college and cannot be released to students until mid November after certification. Any coursework that has not been collected by the end of February will be disposed of appropriately.

Progression to Year 2 Lower Sixth to Upper Sixth Students are normally required to achieve a pass at grade D or higher in at least 3 subjects at AS level, or a Merit grade in equivalent BTEC subjects, to progress to the Upper Sixth. Students will also need to demonstrate satisfactory attendance and commitment during their first year at Blackpool Sixth. Students with an attendance below 90% will not automatically progress to the Upper Sixth.

The FYi is a great place to access Google Drive and Apps, which offer interactive help and course information 24 hours a day. Please note that food and drink are not permitted in the FYi with the exception of bottled water. We also ask students to make or receive mobile phone calls outside the centre. The FYi is open each day between 8.00am and 5.30pm during term time and 8.30am to 4.30pm during the holidays.

Student Services There is a wide range of student services available, tailored to meet individual need. Friendly, supportive and dedicated staff are available from 8.20am to 5.00pm each day to offer information, advice and guidance on any issue that is causing a concern to students. Student Services offers the following guidance and support: • Welfare Issues – in the Student Finance Office or email welfare.alert@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk • Counselling – email counselling.alert@blackpoolsixth. ac.uk • Careers information and guidance – the Futures Team in the ground floor of the Ribble building • Enterprise and employment advice – the Futures Team in the ground floor of the Ribble building • Sport and enrichment – in the Brock Building (first floor) • Work experience – the the Futures Team in the ground floor of the Ribble building Further details about how to access the support available will be given to students during their first few weeks at college.

Only very rarely will Upper Sixth students be permitted to take up a new subject at AS level. However, a small number of students may need to pick up a new AS in order to realise their career ambitions. 2 Plus programme (Level 2) to Lower Sixth Students will need to demonstrate attendance above 90% and commitment during their first year at college, and meet the entry requirements for the Level 3 courses that they have applied for. Please refer to the prospectus or the college website for full details of entry requirements.

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Student financial support

Lockers

There are 5 types of financial support available to students in 2015-16:

A limited number of lockers are available for a hiring fee of £10 for one year plus a £10 deposit, which is refundable on return of the locker key. Locker keys are issued at the Student Finance Office.

1. Guaranteed bursary of up to £1,200 for students in the most need 2. Income-assessed bursary of up to £700 for students who have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 3. Free meals bursary of up to £700 plus free meals for students who meet the free meals criteria 4. Subsidised Transport for students who live more than three miles from college 5. Hardship Fund an emergency fund for students who experience short-term financial hardship who are struggling to meet costs associated with studying Any student experiencing financial hardship is entitled to apply for financial support. There will be an assessment undertaken to ensure that support is provided to those most in need. Blackpool Sixth will ensure that financial support is implemented in the fairest possible way, to the maximum possible benefit of students who need financial support in order to succeed in their studies. See the Financial Support leaflet for more information or contact a member of the Student Services team on 01253 394911.

Hardship fund The purpose of the Hardship Fund is to financially support students who are experiencing short-term difficulty meeting the costs associated with their learning. The fund is used primarily to provide support towards: • Course costs/materials/textbooks/trips • General financial hardship • Travel support If you or your family find yourself experiencing financial hardship, you may be entitled to financial help from the college. Further details and application forms are available from the Student Finance Office.

Transport support Blackpool Sixth recognises that the cost of transport is a major concern for some students and their families. We provide a significantly subsidised transport scheme for all students living outside a 3-mile radius (as defined on the college’s map). This scheme not only helps with transport costs to and from college but may also provide unlimited travel throughout the day, including evenings and weekends. Students living outside of the 3-mile radius may purchase subsidised bus passes from the Student Finance Office at a significantly reduced price.

Bicycles for loan Blackpool Sixth has a number of quality bicycles available to loan out to students to use throughout the year. The bikes come complete with helmets and safety lights. An application form can be obtained from the Student Finance Office. Bicycles will be allocated on a needs basis.

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A limited number of bicycle lockers are available and can be hired from the Student Finance Office at a cost of £10 per year. A £5 deposit is required which is refundable at the end of the year.

Work experience placements A work experience placement gives students an insight into their chosen career and the experience needed to improve their chances of making successful job applications in the future. Students are free to arrange their own placements but they need to contact the Employer Liaison Officer before starting their placement to ensure that all essential health and safety arrangements have been made. Parents/carers will be required to sign a consent form. The Employer Liaison Officer, based in the the ground floor of the Ribble building, will offer assistance to source a suitable placement.

Careers information, advice and guidance The tutorial programme provides all students with careers advice and guidance. Students also have access to The Futures Team of qualified careers advisors who are situated in the ground floor of the Ribble building. Separate careers events, visits and guest speakers are organised at appropriate times of the year. These events offer students the opportunity to meet university representatives as well as local/ national employers and training providers. Individual advice and guidance on choosing career paths, apprenticeships, training and university courses is available from our Futures Team, situated in the ground floor of the Ribble building. Students can also access support with applications, CV preparation and mock interviews from local employers as well as college staff.


Enrichmentprogramme (6Xtra)

College environment

As part of Blackpool Sixth’s commitment to developing and broadening students’ skills and enjoyment of college life, we offer a varied programme of additional activities to enrich their studies, including sports, work placement, mentoring, leadership, volunteering, etc. Please see the college website for more details.

Students have the benefit of first-class, specialist sixth form accommodation and facilities. We expect students to take care of their college and local environment. In particular, we ask students to observe restrictions regarding consumption of food and drink on carpeted areas and to place all litter in the appropriate bins provided.

All first year students select one 6Xtra activity that they attend throughout the first term at college. After Christmas participation in activities becomes optional, although certain activities such as sports teams and Duke of Edinburgh will continue throughout the academic year.

Catering facilities

Some enrichment activities take place off college premises. Students may be asked to make their own way to these activities or, where possible, transport will be provided. Some activities inevitably involve obvious hazards (e.g. rock climbing) and are subject to risk assessments to ensure that the perceived hazards are as controlled as possible. Such activities are, of course, only undertaken under the supervision of qualified instructors. Students will choose their 6Xtra activity at the start of term in September. Pastoral Mentors will give further details during induction.

Bicycles, motorcycles and cars Blackpool Sixth actively promotes sustainable travel alternatives, specifically public transport and cycling. There is parking available for students but the car parks do become full, particularly in the summer term. To limit congestion and for environmental reasons students are encouraged to make use of alternative transport. Students are encouraged to use bicycles as a means of transport to and from college. Covered cycle racks are available at the rear of the site. Students are responsible for leaving bicycles securely locked and for their legal roadworthiness. Students are strongly advised to insure them and to register them with the police. Motorcycles may be ridden to college and should be parked in the marked areas of the car park. Students should give details of the make, model and registration number of their motorcycles to reception, so that they can be contacted easily if a problem arises. There is currently a FREE Parking Permit scheme in use at Blackpool Sixth. Car drivers need to register their vehicle(s) and sign to agree to the safety guidelines. An annual permit will be issued with an adhesive pouch for display on the windscreen. Student Parking Permits are available from the Estates Office. Permits must be displayed on the front windscreen of a car, or in a prominent position on motorcycles and scooters. Please note: although there is a sophisticated CCTV system in operation, Blackpool Sixth cannot accept responsibility for the theft, loss or damage of any bicycle, motorcycle or car brought onto the college site. Parents or others parking briefly to bring or collect a student are asked not to enter the college site or to park close to the car park entrance, as this causes congestion and the risk of accidents. Before 8.45am and after 3.50pm please use the drop-off and pick-up area at the rear of the college.

Food and drink is available from the Café Six, Relish, The Shop and Starbucks. Meals and snacks are of a high quality and are good value for money when compared to other local options. Vending machines for snacks and drinks are also available throughout the day near the college Shop. Blackpool Sixth is committed to promoting healthy eating so a range of healthy, vegetarian and vegan options are available. Special dietary requirements can be catered for if notice is given. Blackpool Sixth operates a cashless catering system. This allows students to pay for food and drinks without carrying cash around. Instead, students pay for meals using fingerprint identification or a PIN number. Students register for the cashless catering system during enrolment in August. Parents/ carers can top up their daughter/son/ward’s account online, or students may choose to top up at one of the loading machines dotted around college. The loading machine take coins and notes up to £20. Please note that all catering areas adopt a self-clear system and students are asked to clear away all their trays and packages as they leave.

Illegal substances, smoking and consumption of alcohol We encourage all staff and students to make healthy lifestyle choices. It is illegal to smoke is in college buildings and on the college site. Smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking area at the north entrance. Students are requested not to smoke at the front of the college. Help is available to support any students wishing to make a positive choice to go smoke-free. Recent guidance from the British Medical Association states that the use of e-cigarettes may undermine smoking prevention and cessation by reinforcing cigarette use in public and workplaces. The World Health Organisation has also stated that no rigorous, peer-reviewed studies have been conducted showing that the e-cigarette is a safe and effective nicotine replacement therapy. Taking this into consideration, and to avoid confusion between e-cigarettes and tobacco smoking, the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted in college buildings nor on the college site, except in the designated smoking area at the north entrance. Any students found consuming alcohol, or under the influence of alcohol, whilst at college will be subject to immediate suspension until the circumstances have been fully investigated. Parents/carers will be informed in accordance with the college’s disciplinary procedures. Any student found in possession of, or dealing in, illegal substances will be suspended pending an investigation, as a result of which the student’s place at college may be withdrawn. The police will be informed according to our legal obligations.

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Dress to college Blackpool Sixth is a community of staff and students who work and study together within an atmosphere of mutual respect. Students are free to dress as they please but they should fit in with college’s high standards and expectations. In line with our core value of respect, students who wear clothing which could cause offence to others (e.g. clothes that are too revealing or display offensive slogans or images) will be asked to cover the item of clothing up or will be sent home to change. For security purposes, it is important that all members of college are clearly identifiable. Blackpool Sixth, therefore, requires all staff and students to keep their faces uncovered and to wear their membership card while on the premises and while representing college offsite.

Compliments, concerns and complaints Compliments, concerns and complaints We want your daughter/son/ward to be very happy at Blackpool Sixth; it is a very pleasant and friendly environment in which to learn. Concerns or complaints should be raised in the first instance with the person or area concerned as soon as possible and not later than within five working days of the incident. This may be a student’s teacher or other member of staff. The member of staff dealing with a complaint will make every reasonable effort to resolve the complaint promptly at local level. The college staff will seek to resolve the complaint immediately or at least within five working days. If the concern cannot be resolved, a formal complaint in writing should be made to the Deputy Principal. The college will respond within two working days to indicate that an investigation is being undertaken and aim to conclude an investigation and respond within ten working days of receiving a formal complaint. Compliments may be received verbally or in writing and may be received directly by the individual in receipt of the praise or by a direct line manager. College staff will seek to share compliments in a genuine and generous manner.

Disciplinary procedure Blackpool Sixth expects all members of college to • Act according to the core values and expectations (see the Expects document) • Act according to the Blackpool Sixth Sense of Pride - Proud of ourselves - Proud of each other - Proud of our environment - Proud of our community • Be challenged if students or staff fail to meet the core values and expectations Repeated failure to meet the values and expectations or serious breaches may result in disciplinary action. Disciplinary action is occasionally necessary in cases of poor attendance at lessons; failure to complete and submit work, including meeting coursework deadlines; inappropriate behaviour etc. The aim of the disciplinary process is to help students to improve their performance.

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There are 4 disciplinary levels: Stage 1: Pastoral Mentor holds a formal meeting with the student and a Stage 1 Behaviour Plan is agreed and signed. A letter is sent to the parents/carers informing them of the concern and the agreed actions. Stage 2: Student attends a formal interview with their Pastoral Lead and a Stage 2 Behaviour Plan is agreed. A Stage 2 Formal Warning is issued and a letter is sent to the parents/carers informing them of the concern and of the agreed actions. Stage 3: Student attends a meeting with the Head of Student Services. Parents/carers will be invited to attend the meeting. A Stage 3 Behaviour Plan is agreed and signed. A Stage 3 Final Warning will be issued. Stage 4: Student attends a Formal Disciplinary Hearing with the Head of Student Services and a Head of Department. Parents/carers will be invited to attend the hearing. The student may be suspended or excluded from Blackpool Sixth pending the results of an investigation. At each disciplinary stage, progress will be monitored weekly and failure to meet the agreed targets will result in further disciplinary action. Students successfully meeting the targets of a Behaviour Plan will move down a disciplinary stage. A student has the right to appeal against decisions made at Stage 3 or Stage 4. She/he must do so in writing to the Deputy Principal within five working days of notification of the warning. An appeal hearing will normally be held within five working days of receipt of such a request.

Charges to students for college activities Although most aspects of a student’s education are provided at state expense, Blackpool Sixth does have to make charges to students for certain additional activities. The Directors (Governing Body), the Principal and staff believe that the education of our students is much enhanced by the many opportunities which are offered for activities and excursions out of college, although they may not always be an essential part of any course. The Directors are most grateful to the staff who organise such activities, and recognise that appropriate charges to students who choose to participate must be made. Charges must also be made for certain aspects of some subject courses, so that the level of government funding does not limit opportunities for students. The Education Reform Act 1988 requires the Directors to publish their policy in these respects. The following is the Statement of the Charging and Remissions Policies of the Governing Body of Blackpool Sixth Form College for 2015/2016. Although the Directors believe that parents/carers will support this policy, they must draw parents’/carers’ attention to these details, to avoid misunderstanding. The order in which the items are given is that in which students will experience that aspect of college organisation and the particular activity concerned during their course. Students experiencing financial hardship may be able to claim funding from the hardship fund to cover some of the charges listed below. Further details and application forms for support from the hardship fund are available from the Student Finance Office.


Membership card The replacement of a lost membership card must be paid for by the student at a cost of £2.00. Students should go to the Student Finance Office to obtain a replacement membership card. Files, paper and pens Students are expected to provide their own stationery. Paper, pens, files etc. can be purchased from the Blackpool Sixth print room/shop located in the Brock building. Printing and photocopying Photocopying is available in the Print Room/shop at a cost of 3p per A4 side and 6p per A3 side. Colour photocopying is available at a cost of 10p per A4 and 20p per A3 side. All students will receive a computer printing quota worth £30, allocated in termly instalments of £10. Printing will be charged at 3p per sheet for black and white A4 printing, 5p for doublesided A4 printing, 20p per side for A4 colour printouts and 40p per side for A3 colour printing. Students who use up their entire quota, in any one term, will need to buy extra credit printing credits can be purchased at the FYi counter or from the Blackpool Sixth print room/shop. Students taking designated art subjects (Graphics, photography or BTEC fashion or art) that require significant amounts of colour printing, will receive an additional allowance at key points in the year where coursework demands are high. Please note that these limits are imposed as part of our Sustainability Policy to help reduce our carbon footprint. The allowance is calculated to cover the typical demands of coursework, homework and other course imposed printing. It may be that students taking specific combinations of subjects exceed this allowance. In such instances students may need to buy additional credit or make an application for support from the hardship fund. Enrichment activities (6Xtra) Some of these activities involve external commercial organisations and so a charge has to be made to students. Such charges are clearly publicised in advance and there are always other, non-chargeable options available at every stage of the year.

libraries. The maximum fine per item is £1.50. Nevertheless, no student needs to incur fines, as books can be renewed twice before they must be returned. Application fees for higher education (UCAS) UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) makes a charge for participation in the scheme and the student pays this at the time of application. The cost is £12 for an application to a single course and £23 for multiple applications of up to 5 courses. Interviews and open days for higher education and employment In the case of those visits to Open Days which are specifically organised by college, all participating students share the cost of the travel equally and this may be subsidised. Students who choose to attend other Open Days under their own arrangements must meet all the expenses involved. Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS, formerly CRB Check) Students undertaking work experience with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to the Employer Liaison Officer. It is possible to apply for funding from the hardship fund to help with the cost of this. College property Students will be charged for any loss or damage caused, whether deliberately or accidentally, to any textbook, equipment or property belonging to Blackpool Sixth or to the fabric of the building itself. The amount levied will be either the full cost of replacement or repair, current at the time of the incident, or an appropriate amount, at the discretion of the Vice Principal (Resources). Willful damage to Blackpool Sixth property would be deemed gross misconduct and may result in a student’s place at Blackpool Sixth being withdrawn and, if appropriate, a formal prosecution.

Educational visits Several departments organise excursions out of college to supplement and enhance the teaching and learning carried out in the subject. The cost of travel is shared equally by all participating students and is often subsidised. Most of these visits do not involve overnight accommodation, but, for those residential visits that do, an additional charge is made to students for this. Students who have difficulty in meeting the expense incurred for educational visits should talk to a member of staff in the Student Finance Office. Theatre visits Visits to theatres are organised regularly. These are usually evening performances and participation is open to all students. In the case of productions of set texts, students studying these are strongly advised to attend. Participating students pay the cost of their theatre seats, generally at a discounted rate, and an equal share in the cost of travel. FYi (Library and Learning Resource Centre) Library fines are charged at the rate of 5p per item per day for overdue loans, which is less than the current rate in public

Other policies operated by the Directors (Governing Body) In compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Blackpool Sixth issues a publication scheme. The scheme is a document where we declare which pieces of college-related information we publish or intend to publish in due course. This is available on the Blackpool Sixth website.

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Financial contributions for specific subjects

English and Modern Foreign Languages

The following summary gives students advance warning of the required materials and resources for specific subjects.

English Literature and English Language English Literature has been chosen to take part in an exciting and innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences.

In some cases, students may be recommended to purchase a textbook for personal use. However copies will be made available for students to use in lessons if needed. Students experiencing financial hardship may be able to claim funding from the hardship fund to cover some of the costs listed below. Further details and application forms are available from the Student Finance Office.

Business Studies and IT Business Studies, Computing, Economics, ICT and BTEC IT Students wishing to purchase a textbook should seek advice from teachers. NOTE: It is not advisable to purchase books until the course has started, as it is likely that more up to date books will be published in the summer. BTEC Business This subject has been chosen to take part in an exciting and innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences. iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2 years’ full insurance against damage and theft, as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. Financial Studies Students will be given a textbook covering the contents of the course at the start of the year.

iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2 years’ full insurance against damage and theft as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. English Literature students are required to purchase their own texts: The examination board recommended texts for the first year are: • Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” Penguin Classics, EM Forster’s “A Room with a View” Penguin Classics • Carol Ann Duffy’s “Mean Time “ Picador • David Hare’s “Murmuring Judges” Faber (although they may choose to buy electronic versions on their iPads) English Language students may wish to purchase the official AQA textbook for English Language “The AQA English Language Student Book” Oxford University Press French, German and Spanish AS Language students are recommended to purchase the official AQA Grammar Workbook for £5.99. Also, AS and A2 French students have the opportunity to participate in an overseas trip to Montpellier. This is not a compulsory part of the course. The approximate cost is £600. AS and A2 Spanish students have the opportunity to participate in an overseas trip to Spain at a cost of £500. Again this is not a compulsory part of the course. AS and A2 German students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange visit to Oberhausen for an approximate cost of £300. This visit is optional and not a compulsory part of the course. They will be expected to provide exchange accommodation in return.

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Humanities Geography Students may wish to purchase AS and A2 revision guides, costing around £5 each. The Humanities Department will arrange a bulk discount purchase of these texts to ensure students have access to the latest edition for the lowest price. Students will have an opportunity to undertake fieldwork at a local level, which may have a small travel cost attached. The AS field trip is expected to cost approximately £5 per student and A2 fieldwork is expected to cost approximately £30. A2 students will have the opportunity to take part in an optional overseas residential field visit. This is expected to have an approximate cost of £500, which may be paid for over a number of months in instalments. History (Modern/Medieval) Students may wish to purchase their own course textbook in the A2 year, “Civil Rights and the USA” ( ISBN 978-0-435-312664 ) at an approximate cost of £13. However, copies of this will be made available in class. Students may also wish to purchase “AQA Tudors” textbook which covers AS & A2 - available August 2015. History (Classical Civilisation) This subject has been chosen to take part in an exciting and innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences. iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2 years’ full insurance against damage and theft, as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that the Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. The course offers the opportunity to participate in a number of optional trips, including: • Chester Amphitheatre study visit £15, • the UCLan archaeology day £5, • the Lowry theatre trip £15,Liverpool University Egyptology day £10 • and overseas visit to Athens and Delphi at an approx. cost of £530. It is recommended that students purchase specified texts for A2: further guidance will be given by teachers. The cost of these texts will be no more than £20 - class copies will be available. Law It is expected that students purchase a textbook for the A2 course - the cost is approximately £24. Class copies are available for use in the lessons. Religion, Ethics and Philosophy No purchases are required for this course. Some students may wish to purchase revision guides. Prices and sources will be discussed during the course.

Mathematics AS Further Mathematics This subject has been chosen to take part in an exciting and innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences. iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2-years full insurance against damage and theft as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that the Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. Students must have a scientific calculator: we strongly recommend the CASIO fx-991ES plus – costs approximately £15 - £20 AS Mathematics AS Maths students must have a scientific calculator: we strongly recommend the CASIO fx-991ES plus – costs approximately £15 - £20. AS Statistics Statistics students must have a CASIO fx-83GT plus calculator for the course – this is available from the college shop for approximately £6. GCSE Mathematics GCSE students must have a calculator for every lesson, the recommended calculator is a CASIO fx-83GT plus – this is available from Blackpool Sixth print room/shop for approximately £6.

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Performing Arts, Music and Media Dance and BTEC Performing Arts and Musical Theatre It is compulsory for all students to purchase appropriate black clothing and footwear for taking part in practical work. Appropriate ‘Blackpool Sixth branded’ black clothing is for sale from the Performing Arts, Music and Media department. BTEC Creative Media Production This subject has been chosen to take part in an exciting and innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences. iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2-years full insurance against damage and theft as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that the Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. Music, Music Technology and BTEC Music Performance Students are expected to provide their own writing paper and manuscript paper. Blank CDRs are also necessary items for the regular submission of coursework material. These items will be available from the college shop at competitive rates. It is necessary for all students to purchase a pair of quality headphones to use in private study and recording/sequencing projects throughout the course. The music team will be able to recommend various types of headphones during the course induction. Students will also be expected to provide their own instruments, leads, etc, for use in rehearsals, performances and studio recordings. Students are also recommended to purchase the following books: A Level Music Technology “Edexcel AS/A2 Music Technology Listening Tests, 2nd edition” approx. £21, ISBN 9781906178901 “Edexcel AS/A2 Music Technology Study Guide” approx. £17, ISBN 9781906178482 A Level Music Students are recommended to consider purchasing the following course text: “Edexcel AS Music Study Guide” approx. £16 ISBN

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9781906178284 Edexcel GCE New Anthology of Music (NOT GCSE) ISBN: 1846904080 £37.50 BTEC Music Performance All students (except drummers and pianists) will be expected to bring their own instrument to college. This includes microphones for singers. Drama & Theatre Studies This subject has been chosen to take part in an exciting and innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences. iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2-years full insurance against damage and theft as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. Trips Pre-payment Scheme for Theatre Studies students is a requirement as students need to see a minimum of three live professional performances in order to prepare them for both the practical and written elements of the course. This is set by the examinations board. We request that students pay £75 in the first half term: this will pay for them to attend 3 trips throughout the year. There will also be an opportunity to see more live work throughout the year, and this can be paid on an ad hoc basis at later points in the year. Details of the arranged visits and letters of permission will be published on the college website at the start of the course. By ordering tickets in bulk, we are able to secure significant discounts for students: this pre- payment scheme enables the teacher to secure best value for money for travel and theatre tickets. Students also require copies of their set texts for the written exam, in which they need to make their own personal annotations. In Year 1 the cost of the text is £4 and in Year 2 the two plays will cost approximately £16.


Science Applied Science (Forensics and Medical) There is no requirement to purchase a textbook for Applied Science. Students must have a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the CASIO fx-991ES plus – costs approximately £15 - £20. A 30cm clear ruler and an A4 lever arch file is a requirement of the course. Biology Students may wish to purchase books such as these to support them in the first year of the course: AQA Biology Glenn Toole and Susan Toole Oxford University Press

Engineering Students must have a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the CASIO fx-991ES plus – costs approximately £15 - £20. Students also need a 30cm clear ruler, mechanical pencil, protractor set, 60 degree and 45 degree set squares, and an A4 lever arch file. Students are recommended to purchase the book below to support them in the course: Mechanical Engineering: BTEC National Level 3 Engineering Specialist Units approx. £21 ISBN 978-0-08-096577-2

CGP: A Level Biology Year 1

There is a £30 fee for the materials involved in project work for engineering courses.

Students will need to purchase a 30cm clear ruler and a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the CASIO fx991ES plus – costs approximately £15 - £20.

There will be educational visits possibly residential visits involved with the course. Some of these will be subsidised by college but there will be a cost of approximately £150.

Chemistry Students may wish to purchase books such as these to support them in the first year of the course:

Physics Students must have a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the CASIO fx-991ES plus – costs approximately £15 - £20.

AQA Chemistry 2nd edition Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw Oxford University Press

Students also need a 30cm clear ruler, mechanical pencil, protractor set and 45 degree set square.

CGP: A Level Chemistry Year 1 Students must have a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the CASIO fx-991ES plus – costs approximately £15 - £20. Electronics Students must have a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the CASIO fx-991ES plus – costs approximately £15 - £20.

Students may wish to purchase books such as these to support them in the first year of the course: AQA Physics Jim Breithaupt Oxford University Press CGP: A Level Physics year 1 There will be educational visits involved with the course. Some of these will be subsidised by college but there will be a cost of approximately £50.

Students also need a 30cm clear ruler and mechanical pencil.

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Social Science and Health

Sport, Tourism and Public Services

Psychology There is no requirement to purchase a textbook for Psychology at AS level. If you wish to purchase a resource to assist with your studies, the recommended textbook is AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 & AS by Cara Flanagan, Dave Berry, Matt Jarvis and Rob Liddle (2015). ISBN: 978-1-908682-40-6.

AS Physical Education It is recommended that students purchase one textbook for each year of their study.

Sociology There is no requirement to purchase a textbook for Sociology at AS level. If you wish to purchase a resource to assist with your studies the recommended textbook is AQA A Level Sociology Book 1 including AS Level by Rob Webb, Hal Westergaard, Keith Trobe and Annie Townend (2015). ISBN: 978-0-95400791-1. BTEC Health and Social care (Diploma and Extended Diploma) This subject has been chosen to take part in an exciting and innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences. iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2-years full insurance against damage and theft as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. Students undertaking work experience with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to the Student Finance Office. Students will also need to purchase a work placement tunic/ polo shirt (approximate cost £18.00). There is no requirement to purchase a textbook for Health and Social Care. If you wish to purchase a resource to assist with your Health and Social Care Diploma, the recommended textbook is Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Nationals (Book 1). ISBN: 978-1-846907-46-3. If you are studying the Health and Social Care Extended Diploma, in addition to the above textbook, another recommended textbook is Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Nationals (Book 2). ISBN: 978-1846907-47-0.

There is no need to purchase this before the start of the course. AQA AS Unit 1 (ISBN 978-0-340-9478-6) £9.99 AQA A2 Unit 3 (ISBN 978-0-340-94786-9) £9.99 Students will be encouraged to purchase a Blackpool Sixth sports kit to be worn during practical sessions. The approximate cost is £20. BTEC Public Services This subject has been chosen to take part in an exciting and innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences. iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2-years full insurance against damage and theft as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that the Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. There will be educational visits, possibly residential, involved with the course. Some of these will be funded by the specific uniformed service. Others visits will be funded by the students. An approximate cost for these will be £150 over the two years of the course. Students will be encouraged to purchase a Blackpool Sixth sports kit to be worn during practical sessions, approximate cost £20. As part of any voluntary work, students working with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity. An optional overseas residential is planned for 2015/2016 at an approximate cost of £400. There are a range of other day visits included as part of the course that students are encouraged to participate in. These may incur a cost to cover transport and entrance to the visited organisation. In total these will be approximately £75. BTEC Sport & Exercise Science This subject has been chosen to take part in an exciting and

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innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences. iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2-years full insurance against damage and theft as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that the Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. It is recommended that students studying BTEC Sport and Exercise Sciences purchase one comprehensive textbook to support assignment work. Subject teachers recommend the following textbook: BTEC Level 3 National Sport and Exercise Sciences Student book - £25.99. There is no need to purchase this before the start of the course. A range of other textbooks and other relevant publications are available in the FYi or departmental resource area. Subscription to appropriate periodicals is also available through the department. There are day visits included as part of the course in which students are encouraged to participate. These may incur a cost to cover transport and entrance to the visited organisation. In total these will be approximately £75. Students undertaking work experience with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to Student Services. Students will be encouraged to purchase a Blackpool Sixth sports kit to be worn during practical sessions, approximate cost £20. BTEC Sport (Sports Performance & Excellence) (Diploma and Extended Diploma) It is recommended that students studying BTEC Sport (Sports Performance & Excellence) purchase one comprehensive textbook to support assignment work. Subject teachers recommend the following textbook: BTEC National Sport Student Book (Heinemann £21.99) There is no need to purchase this before the start of the course. A range of other textbooks and other relevant publications are available in the FYi or departmental resource area. Subscription to appropriate periodicals is also available through the department. There are day visits included as part of the course that students are encouraged to participate in. These may incur a cost to cover transport and entrance to the visited organisation. In total these will be approximately £75.00. Students undertaking work experience with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS

form and evidence of identity to Student Services. Students will be encouraged to purchase a Blackpool Sixth sports kit to be worn during practical sessions, approximate cost £20. BTEC Travel & Tourism (Diploma and Extended Diploma) This subject has been chosen to take part in an exciting and innovative scheme to transform teaching and learning. We are asking students to purchase an iPad. The delivery and content of the course will be tailored so that the iPad is used within the lessons to take notes, write coursework, collaborate with their peers and to engage in all sorts of innovative online learning experiences. iPads can be purchased through the college either as a direct payment or through a staged payment scheme. The price will include a protective case, 2-year extended warranty, 2-years full insurance against damage and theft as well as a number of apps required for your studies (approximate value £20). See our website for details. Please note that the Blackpool Sixth has a small pool of iPads that it can loan to students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own. Full details of the iPad scheme are available in this enrolment pack and at the new student enrolment days. There will be the option to participate in a residential visit in both year 1 and 2. The approximate cost of this in each year will be £400. There are a range of other day visits included as part of the course in which students are encouraged to participate. These may incur a cost to cover transport and entrance to the visited organisation. In total these will be approximately £75. Students are also recommended to purchase the core text book, “BTEC National Travel and Tourism Book 1” approximately £ 25, ISBN 0-435445-88-1 There is no need to purchase this before the start of the course. Students undertaking work experience with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to Student Services.

Visual Arts Art, Textiles and Fashion A basic art pack will be available at a cost of £10.00. All students are required to buy this at the start of their studies. This pack will supply the essential items they will need in order to complete homework tasks. Some students may need to buy additional materials to expand their ideas and this may create extra costs. Art materials are available for sale in the college shop at very competitive prices. Graphic Design and Digital Photography All students are required to buy CDR discs for storing work, an SD Memory Card, a 1GB memory USB Stick, and a memory card reader. Approximate cost for the materials is £10. Students will incur additional costs throughout the course. Photographs and digital printouts must be documented in print format. Students can buy material from the print room/shop at very competitive prices. NOTE: Again, students are reminded that if they are experiencing financial hardship they may be able to claim funding from the hardship fund to cover some of the costs listed above. Further details and application forms are available from the Student Finance Office.

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