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Principal’s message I am delighted that you are considering Blackpool Sixth for your post-16 education. We are a high-achieving and well-respected sixth form college, recognised as outstanding by Ofsted. If you choose to join us we will do all we can to help you achieve the very best qualifications, develop as a young adult and build an exciting future for yourself. We pride ourselves on our academic excellence, delivering outstanding teaching, learning and support as well as providing extensive opportunities for personal development and growth. We provide all our students with an excellent springboard to future success. Blackpool Sixth is a professional, caring and happy community of staff and students, serving a wide area which includes Blackpool and all the major towns and villages of the Fylde and Wyre districts. I very much look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our wonderful college.

www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk

Jill Gray – Principal


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Your route to Blackpool Sixth

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Course listing

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Study programmes

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Student /parent feedback

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Facilities

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Technology for learning (TfL)

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At Blackpool Sixth our students come first and our core values are at the heart of all we do. We are proud of our welcoming, diverse and happy community in which students are inspired to thrive and achieve, both academically and personally and where each individual is provided with care and support, outstanding teaching and learning and a vast array of extra curricular opportunities to help them grow.

Our Core Values Respect

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The Excellence Programme

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Striving to be the best we can be

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Integrity Upholding our values

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Inclusion Valuing everyone individually

For ourselves, for others, for the rule of law, for the environment

Excellence & High Aspirations

Enthusiasm Learning because we love to learn, teaching because we love to teach

Global Citizenship Being active in improving our world and broadening our horizons

Support Helping everyone to succeed


4 Apply online From early September www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/apply

Come to an open event See below for dates.

Attend a taster event Try out our courses at one of out taster events (see the events section of our website).

Take part in New Student Day This exciting event usually takes place in early July. All applicants will be invited to this.

Enrol August 2022 (exact dates will be posted on our website closer to the time)

Open events Open Days

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Your route to Blackpool Sixth See the events section of our website for more details.


Course listing A level courses

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Vocational courses • Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Applied Science (Single / Double / Triple)

• Ancient History

• French

• BTEC Level 3 Art and Design (Triple)

• Art: Graphic Design

• Further Mathematics

• BTEC Level 3 Business (Single / Double / Triple)

• Art: Fine Art

• Geography

• Art: Photography

• Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology

• Law

• Art: Textiles

• BTEC Level 3 Dance (Single / Triple)

• Mathematics

• Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Engineering (Triple)

• Media Studies

• BTEC Level 3 Fashion Design, Promotion & Marketing (Triple)

• Modern History

• BTEC Level 3 Film and TV Production (Double)

• Music

• LIBF Level 3 Financial Studies (Single)

• Music Technology

• BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care (Double / Triple)

• Drama and Theatre Studies

• Physical Education

• BTEC Level 3 IT (Single / Double / Triple)

• Economics

• Physics

• BTEC Level 3 Music (Double / Triple)

• Electronics

• Psychology

• BTEC Level 3 Musical Theatre (Single / Triple)

• English Language

• Religion, Ethics and Philosophy

• BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Triple)

• Art, Craft & Design • Biology • Business Studies • Chemistry • Computer Science

• English Literature • English Language and Literature

• Sociology

• Film Studies

• Statistics

• Spanish

All course information and other information regarding study programmes is correct at the time of printing, however the details may be subject to change. We would strongly advise checking our website for the most up-to-date information.

• BTEC Level 3 Sport (Double / Triple) • BTEC Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science (Single / Double / Triple) • BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism (Double / Triple) • BTEC Level 3 Uniformed Protective Services (Double / Triple)

Route3 Programme

Visit www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/route3 for more details


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The A level Programme The A level Programme provides an excellent preparation for university entry as well as higher apprenticeship programmes. In year one (Lower Sixth) the vast majority of students choose three A level courses, in a small number of cases, four choices may be possible. In year two (Upper Sixth), you will complete three A levels. What GCSE grades will I need? For our A Level programme, we require at least two GCSEs at grade 5 and three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths. The pass grades need to be in five different academic GCSEs and relate to your chosen A level courses. You must also meet the specific requirements for the individual courses you want to take.

Study programmes At Blackpool Sixth you will follow a full-time study programme which will set you on course for future success. Apart from your chosen subjects, your study programme will also include pastoral mentor support sessions and personal development through 6Xtra, 6Advance and work experience. See our study programmes page on our website for more detailed information. www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk


The Vocational Programme

The Combined Programme

The Route3 Programme

The Vocational Programme will appeal to you if you want to focus on a particular industry or vocational area. Built around National Occupational Standards, they have the full backing of employers and universities.

Our Combined Programme provides an opportunity to create a package of study that includes elements of both vocational and A level study to suit an individual’s career aspirations; this works particularly well when grouping together related courses.

Want to study at Blackpool Sixth but not sure you’ll get the grades you need? We have the ideal option for you.

The Vocational Programme is designed to provide you with a broad range of transferable skills that will support progression for university, higher level apprenticeships or employment. At the same academic level as A levels, they also provide a practical, real-world way of learning. The majority of assessment is through internally set, work-related projects or briefs that develop skills for the workplace along with some external assessment that also builds skills for university. In some subjects we offer more than one size of course to add flexibility to your choices. You will need to take a triple course or a double plus a single in both the first and second years. What GCSE grades will I need? Vocational level 3 courses are advanced courses, we require five grade 9-4 passes (or equivalent) including English language or maths. You must also meet the specific requirements for the individual courses you want to take.

The Blackpool Sixth admissions team are happy to discuss options and provide advice about what combines well to support your next steps / progression. For the Combined Programme you will need the same minimum grades as for the Vocational Programme and also meet the specific requirements for the individual courses you want to take. Your programme needs to be the equivalent of three A levels.

Our ‘Route3’ programme gives you an opportunity to gain your level 3 qualifications over three years instead of two. This is ideal for students who may not obtain the grades they need to progress straight into our level 3 programmes when they leave school. We’ll look at your career and study goals and help you build a package that will get you there, including supporting you to achieve your all-important GCSE English and maths. What GCSE grades will I need?

Important note: It is a national requirement that any students who do not have passes at a 4 or above in GCSE English and maths, re-take these courses as part of their study programme. We can fit in only one re-sit alongside level 3 study, so students who do not have a 4 in either subject will need to consider the Route3 Programme.

To join this programme you will need 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (or equivalent). One of either English language or maths needs to be a grade 3 whilst the other needs to be no less than a grade 2. For more information: www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/route3

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Student/parent feedback Students told us what they valued most about Blackpool Sixth. This is just a small sample of what they said:

Feedback from students

“I have enjoyed all the opportunities that the college offers. There is something tailored to everyone’s interests.”

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“I am very well prepared for my next steps thanks to my Pastoral Mentor and my teachers.”

“Blackpool Sixth has allowed me to expand my knowledge of subjects I enjoyed at high school and given me the opportunity to take a new subject.”

“ I have really thrived at Blackpool Sixth, mainly due to the friendly environment. From the other students to my teachers, I could not have felt more included or valued at college.”

“The staff are wonderful, they are super supportive and provide all the necessary information to be successful.”

“6Xtra and the Excellence Programme have been great ways to develop new skills and meet new people.”


Feedback from parents “We will be forever grateful for making our daughter’s time with you her happiest, and certainly her most successful period in education.”

“It’s a fabulous system for communication between teachers and parents to ensure student well-being.”

“Nothing has been too much trouble for these dedicated teachers – high expectations of their students, clear subject knowledge, an amazingly organised approach to their teaching, clear knowledge of the syllabus, weekly tests with timely and constructive feedback – the list is genuinely endless.”

“Staff have really ‘gone the extra mile’ to understand what motivates their students, to identify their strongest ways of working and to develop and engender a sense of self-confidence and self-belief “

“My son has just got a First in his Physics degree at Manchester University. His physics teacher at Blackpool Sixth played a huge part in his success.”

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Facilities Blackpool Sixth students benefit from an excellent campus which is spacious, modern and extremely well-equipped.

For more information visit www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk

• State-of-the-art science laboratories • FYi – excellent library and study zone • Outstanding technology for learning • State-of-the-art classrooms • 300 seat professional standard theatre • Professional drama studios • Professional standard dance studio • Refurbished sports hall with climbing wall • On-site gymnasium • Fully equipped music recording rooms • Engineering facility • The Frame – excellent open plan arts centre • Wheelchair access throughout the building • Accessible resources for a range of needs • Excellent catering facilities


Technology for Learning At Blackpool Sixth we believe combining our expert knowledge with the best in modern technology will help you achieve, but also create an experience that prepares you for the future. What does this mean for learning? - Collaboration and communication with your teachers and peers - Dedicated digital resources produced for you and your course, ready to access, any place, any time. - Interactive materials to support your progress. - Advice and guidance wherever you are. - Platforms that keep you organised and help balance your life and study. - A wider range of tasks to keep you engaged with your subjects whilst developing your digital skills. - An efficient approach to paperwork, notetaking and submission of work that reduces the amount you need to carry around. Our platform is predominantly cloud based meaning you can access the tools you need and work you’ve done online, whatever machine you are on. Where possible, we provide access to specialist industry standard software to use in college and at home on your own machine. Access to our virtual PC environment allows you to run some powerful tools on even the most basic machines. Our students are young people who will live in the 21st century and we believe the college experience should prepare them for that. Life is not just about the grades you achieve but the skills you develop as you achieve them. For more information please visit

www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/technology-for-learning

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Student support Pastoral Mentors Strong pastoral care, support and guidance are extremely important in contributing to students’ success. Your Pastoral Mentor will offer advice and guidance to help you settle in quickly and enjoy your time with us. You will have a weekly tutorial session with your Pastoral Mentor and there are also one-to-one meetings, where individual targets are set and reviewed. Your Pastoral Mentor will also help you to make the right decisions about career choices and applications for higher education, employment and apprenticeships.

Careers and education information, advice and guidance Our dedicated careers team is here to provide careers, advice and guidance throughout your time at college. Our Careers Advisors are qualified to level 6 and are available to offer personal one to one guidance as well as providing opportunities to engage in a variety of employer led activities. Blackpool Sixth embeds the Gatsby Benchmark for good career guidance helping students to secure positive next steps and subsequent destinations.

Learning resources Additional Support We have a large team of dedicated staff who provide additional support to students who have special educational needs and/or disabilities which may affect their learning. There is also a counselling service that provides emotional support. We will work together with you to ensure you have all the help you need to make your time studying with us a success.

The FYi is the college’s library and learning resource centre. Study advisors are on hand to help you find the books and online resources you need for reading and research . They also provide a programme of study skills activities and workshops supporting students to be successful in their studies and beyond.

Transport and financial support Blackpool Sixth offers an extensive range of support to students to help with transport costs and general financial help.

See our website for more details: www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/student-support


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The Excellence Programme Blackpool Sixth’s Excellence Programme has been specially crafted to support our highest performing students in their studies and prepare them for entry to the country’s top universities. As an Excellence Programme student, you will take part in an exciting and challenging programme, designed to help you to meet your aspirations and succeed to the very best of your ability.

What does the Excellence Programme involve? 6Advance A fantastic range of ‘academies’ offer you the chance to develop extra skills outside of your core subjects. Academies such as the Medical Society and Debating Academy enable ambitious students to prepare for highly competitive university places and careers. Examples of 6Advance academies at Blackpool Sixth include academies for computing, science, humanities, politics, maths, dance, performing arts and visual arts, Sixth Sense Magazine, the Medical Society, Clinical Skills, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Career Ready.

EPQ The Extended Project Qualification enables you to undertake your own independent research project and gain a qualification that is highly valued by universities, and in some cases can help to lower your university entrance offer. This qualification is accessed by students on the Excellence Programme by application following the Excellence Programme launch event each year.

Super-curricular lectures Excellence Programme students benefit from a wide range of lectures and talks which are offered every week. The super-curricular lectures feature a diverse range of talks, from space, architecture to cutting-edge medical researchers, and are designed to further your thinking beyond the classroom.

Former Blackpool Sixth and Excellence Programme student Ethan Lees who graduated with a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge in 2021.


Prestigious universities Blackpool Sixth has a proven record of students gaining highly competitive places at some of the best universities in the country, including Oxford and Cambridge. All students receive support throughout the application process to university, and students on the Excellence Programme are no exception. They will receive individual support in the application process to the most selective universities, including high and highest tariff (Russell Group) institutions. For those students applying for Oxbridge, we also offer 1:1 and small group preparatory work with an external consultant from the beginning of the application process through to interview. Preparation will involve: • support from an expert pastoral mentor and The Excellence Programme Coordinator • organised visits / conferences including to the country’s leading universities • guest talks / lectures from academic speakers • workshops on personal statements, interviews, and entry exams • university access programmes, including the Cambridge HE+ scheme • 1:1/small group work with an external consultant for those students applying to Oxbridge.

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Former Hodgson Academy student, Mason, progressed to study medicine at Cambridge University. Mason studied A levels in chemistry, mathematics and physics at Blackpool Sixth.

Khushi Krishna Former Hodgson Academy student Khushi studied A Levels in mathematics, further mathematics and economics at Blackpool Sixth and is now studying economics at Cambridge University. “I really wanted the opportunity to study at such a prestigious university where I can gain a really deep understanding of economics with people who are just as passionate about it. I also really admire the history of economics at Cambridge and wanted to be a part of it.”

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Excellence • Specific support for medical, dentistry and veterinary school applications

including help with BMAT/ UKCAT and other entrance tests • Brilliant extension programme in physics through the Ogden Trust – regular success in Physicist of the Year competitions • Thriving and highly successful Further Maths course • Support for MAT and STEP papers for Oxbridge/Russell group applications in maths-based subjects.

Sophie Lynn Former Unity Academy student, Sophie, has accepted an offer to read psychology and behavioural sciences at Cambridge University. Sophie studied A levels in biology, mathematics and psychology at Blackpool Sixth.


Personal development Gifted and talented (6xtra, 6Advance, sports, visits and projects)

We offer an exciting and varied programme of additional activities called 6Xtra. Some of these activities can lead to a qualification or sixth form certificates. Many activities and related workshops are designed to enhance UCAS applications and employability skills. We also offer a wide range of academies designed to extend your studies with exciting projects, expert speakers, competitions and research opportunities. Some of these academies form part of the Excellence Programme such as Career Ready and Duke of Edinburgh programmes.

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Amy Shuttleworth High School: St Aidan’s Church of England School “I have enjoyed the variety of opportunities that have been provided, even through a global pandemic. Running the student council has been a highlight.”

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Success and destinations

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Blackpool Sixth students are successful students!

Our students secure excellent next steps in their studies and careers following their studies with us with the majority heading to heading to university courses and substantial numbers taking up higher level apprenticeships or high quality employment with training.

59 courses had a 100% pass rate in 2021

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84% of students with university offers were able to secure their first place on results day 2021.

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Ten students gained places at Oxford or Cambridge university in the last two years.


Where are they now? Here are just some examples of the destinations of recent former students: Oxford University Biology

University of Dundee Architecture

Cambridge University Archaeology

University of Edinburgh Graphic Design

Warwick University Maths

University of Glasgow Earth Science

Lancaster University English Language

De Monfort University Dance

University of Birmingham Medicine

University of Leeds Civil and Structural Engineering

Cardiff University Genetics King’s College London Ancient history BAE Systems Apprenticeship

Almost all of our students progress to university, higher apprenticeships, other jobs with training or a gap year Blackpool Sixth students also progress to international universities including the Netherlands, Switzerland and USA.

Durham University Music Aberystwyth University Astrophysics University of Exeter Law

Champion Accountants Blackpool

In A level subjects 78% of grades were high grades, and in vocational level 3 courses 82% of grades were distinctions or distinction stars.

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A level courses Check out our website for more information and full course listings www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/courses

All course information and other information regarding study programmes is correct at the time of printing, however the details may be subject to change. We would strongly advise checking our website for the most up-to-date information. www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk


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A Level Ancient History

What is it? Ancient History investigates Ancient Rome and Greece. From the campaigns of Alexander the Great to Caesar’s assassination, you will come face-toface with history’s biggest winners and greatest losers.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Ancient History is a fascinating subject to study and continues to grow in popularity. It is highly respected by universities and employers due to the high order skills you will develop on the course. It combines well with a wide range of subjects.

A grade 5 in GCSE English Language. You do not need to have studied history before.

A Level Art: Fine Art

What is it? Fine art encompasses the personal study, investigation and exploration of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, sculpture and installation. Researching contemporary and historical artists underpins and enhances your development.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

All projects are tailored and personalised; students are encouraged to explore and develop their ideas through guided and independent study. Former students have been shortlisted for, and have won, a number of national awards.

If you do not have GCSE Art, it is advisable to have attended taster sessions and open events.


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A Level Art: Graphic Design

What is it? Studying graphic design at Blackpool Sixth will provide students with a diverse range of creative and technical design skills and solutions. This course will give you an understanding of the creative design process in its entirety, enabling you to tackle briefs with confidence and develop the practical skills needed to flourish in today’s design industry.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Graphic design at Blackpool Sixth will enhance your employability skill set and prepare you for university life. You will gain fantastic opportunities to work on live briefs within the North West to extend your portfolio and highlight your talents. Former students have achieved great success as independent freelance artists, designers and photographers.

If you do not have GCSE Art, it is advisable to have attended taster sessions and open events.

INSPIRING STUDENT |

Acsa Moldovan

High School: Unity Academy Acsa achieved A* grades in Art (Graphic Design) and mathematics and an A grade in further mathematics. Acsa is now going to study graphic design at Loughborough University.

A Level Art: Photography

What is it? Photography is not just about technique but about perception and communication. You will explore technical camera facilities using traditional and computer technologies and learn how photographs are used to communicate and express yourself.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Workshop sessions enhance relevant skills to undertake innovative techniques and processes. You will have the opportunity to take part in trips, competitions and exhibitions to inspire you and further develop your skills and experience. Having freedom to develop broad portfolios prepares you for client briefs, university and professional industries.

If you do not have GCSE Art, it is advisable to have attended taster sessions and open events.


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A Level Art: Textiles A Level Art, Craft and Design What is it? This course develops your skills and understanding of a wide variety of textile media. We offer you opportunities to explore various dyeing techniques including traditional cultural practices such as shibori and origami. Printmaking and exploratory mark making techniques extend your creative practice and students are encouraged to explore a range of modern and traditional stitch.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Personalised projects are taught through specialist textiles skills. We have industry-standard textile equipment, Macs, SLRs and opportunities for live briefs, competitions, exhibitions and trips including Manchester, London, Morocco and Paris. Former students have been shortlisted for, and have won, a number of national awards.

If you have not studied GCSE Art or textile design at school, you are advised to attend taster sessions and open events.

What is it? This course explores several media and disciplines including drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, plaster, wire, latex, fabric, embroidery, printmaking, sculpture, wearable art and installation.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

The course offers a diverse and personal approach to art with opportunities to explore a wide variety of methods, techniques and processes. There are opportunities to work alongside contemporary artists and designers.

If you do not have GCSE Art, it is advisable to have attended taster sessions and open events.


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A Level Biology

What is it? The study of living organisms and their interactions with each other and their environment, at the whole organism and cellular level. A highly engaging science that develops the understanding of life on earth. Understand how our bodies work in minute detail, what causes disease and how gene technology has led to incredible life changing discoveries.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Excellent teaching from caring and approachable staff. A structured course with quality resources, including a website, and regular assessment so students can track their progress. Enrichment opportunities including Medical Society, Science Club, Operating Theatre Live, British Biology Olympiad and links with Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Our students are motivated and go on to study a wide range of biology-related university courses.

Grade 5 in GCSE Maths plus grade 6 and 5 from GCSE combined science (higher tier), or grade 6 in GCSE Biology.

Without research biologists working to develop vaccines for the covid-19 pandemic the world may well have been a very different place to live this year.

INSPIRING STUDENT |

Jithin Surya

High School: Hodgson Academy Jithin is now studying medicine at Manchester University. “ A big thank you for all the support you have shown for the past two years for which I am very grateful….all of this has certainly aided me to get here today as I look forward to medical school.”

INSPIRING STUDENT |

Harry Snelson

High School: Montgomery Academy “In biology I am enjoying learning about DNA and what makes us who we are. Biology has helped me develop my practical, communication, maths and problem solving skills.”


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A Level: Business Studies

What is it? Have you ever wondered how companies like Apple, McDonalds and Facebook came to be as successful as they are? Or why is it that we continually buy from the same brands time and time again? A Level Business will give you an insight into the inner workings of these successful businesses and look at what makes them tick.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

If you are looking for a subject that is dynamic and offers you the chance to generate your own ideas and views about real life business examples and be able to discuss them in class in a range of different interactive ways then A Level Business is for you.

Grade 4 in GCSE English and maths. Grade 4 or BTEC pass in business (if studied at school). You do not need to have studied GCSE Business to study A Level Business.

INSPIRING STUDENT |

Maisie Green

High School: St. Aidan’s Church of England High School Maisie gained an A in A Level Business Studies as well as A* grades in A Level Economics and A Level Geography. Maisie is now going to be moving onto an apprenticeship in investment banking or restructuring advisory.

A Level Chemistry

What is it? A Level Chemistry is the study of the World around us; whilst developing many transferable skills including problem solving, numeracy and a range of laboratory skills, it will provide answers to questions such as “Why is water a liquid at room temperature?” and “Why are highlighter pens so bright?”

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Excellent teaching and learning. You will have the opportunity to enter competitions run by the Royal Society of chemistry and Cambridge university and you may get the opportunity to represent the College at the School’s analyst competitions run throughout the UK. Chemistry is a very highly respected A level and is compulsory for anyone wishing to pursue medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses.

Grade 5 in GCSE Maths plus grade 6 and 5 from GCSE combined science (higher tier), or grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry.


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A Level Computer Science

What is it? Computer science consists of learning about different types of computer systems, solving problems, applying various algorithms, learning about different programming paradigms, programming in a high-level language and also includes an extensive programming project. You will develop a range of highly sought after skills to prepare you for the challenges and opportunities in this exciting and important field.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

The subject is taught by experienced staff who have a solid background in programming. The students are well supported and encouraged to achieve excellence. Visual Basic is the programming language of choice embedded into the curriculum. You will also have access to the 6Advance programming club to help enhance your programming skills.

Grade 5 in GCSE maths and grade 4 in GCSE English Language. An interest in programming and a general aptitude for problem-solving.

INSPIRING STUDENT |

Nathan Vos

High School: Carr Hill High School “I love the practical aspect of computer science. Learning to code is highly interesting and allows me to gain a better understanding of how programs work.”

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

What is it? You will explore all aspects of drama, practical and theoretical, study and perform texts, create original devised work and learn from professional live theatre.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

We have outstanding facilities including two purpose-built rehearsal studios and a fully equipped theatre as well as an exciting 21st century approach to teaching.

Grade 4 in GCSE drama if taken, if not, suitable up-to-date experience in performing publicly or for exams will be considered. Grade 5 in GCSE English language preferred.


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A Level Electronics

A Level Economics

What is it? Economics describes the factors that determine the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. You will interpret data, discuss alternative solutions and research and debate issues such as inequality, financial meltdowns and human behaviour.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

If you have a passion for knowing and learning about how the world works on both a local, national and international level, if you enjoy debating social issues and coming up with solutions to those issues, if you enjoy learning about a variety of different fields including geography, maths, business, history, politics and sociology, then economics is for you as it incorporates many of these into the subject.

GCSE grade 5 in maths and a grade 5 in English language or literature. If your English language and/ or literature is grade 4, then a grade 5 in another essay-based subject will be considered (e.g. history, geography, religious studies).

What is it? Our A level Electronics qualification provides students with a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, electronics and to recognise its importance in their own lives and in today’s technological society. The qualification ensures that students have the electronic and mathematical knowledge and electronic engineering skills to solve problems.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

The UK has the 6th largest Electronics industry in the world. There is a shortage of specialists in this area. It is interesting, technically challenging and we are the only place to study A level Electronics in the area. The subject combines well with Physics or Computing and Maths. It is an ideal A level if you are considering a career in any sector of Engineering, Computing or Physics.

Grade 5 in GCSE Maths plus grade 6 and 5 from GCSE combined science (higher tier), or grade 6 in GCSE Physics. No prior electronics experience is required.


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A Level: English Literature A Level English Language

What is it? English language is the study of spoken and written language. It looks at how language reflects society and how we use it to create and make sense of our world.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

English Language A Level is led by an experienced teacher and examiner with established links to Lancaster University’s Linguistics Department, enabling you to develop aspirations and career opportunities beyond the classroom.

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language is preferred but a student with a grade 4 and a genuine enthusiasm for the subject will be considered.

What is it? From Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, English literature at Blackpool Sixth allows you to study both classic and contemporary works of prose, poetry and drama.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Your study of literature will be enhanced by thought-provoking visits by writers and poets, and by taking part in exciting trips to places such as London, Haworth and the theatre.

Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature is preferred but a student with a grade 4 with genuine enthusiasm for the subject will be considered.

INSPIRING STUDENT |

Alicia Middlehurst

High School: LSA Technology and Performing Arts College Alicia gained three A* grades in A Level English literature, business studies and ancient history.


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A Level English Language and Literature

A Level Film Studies

What is it?

What is it? If you choose to study our combined course you will enjoy some of the best elements of both English language and literature. We look at how ‘voice’ is created in speech and writing including studying 20th and 21st century literature and a modern piece of drama.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Studying Combined Language and Literature will extend and develop your knowledge and confidence in the art and craft of established writers and how they communicate through texts, inspiring your own creative skills.

Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature and/or language is preferred but a student with a grade 4 with genuine enthusiasm for the subject will be considered.

You will study British, Hollywood and world cinema. You will consider audience responses, develop critical and analytical skills, as well as undertaking a screenwriting project. Be prepared for a cinematic masterclass.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

You will be supported by bespoke online materials in film education, allowing you to continue your studies outside the classroom which include interactive online film sequences. Our case studies will be screened in our theatre to allow for the best viewing experience. You may also have the chance to attend film festivals and events around the country.

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or literature. Students will be required to view 18 certificate material.


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A Level French

What is it? Updated in 2016, this new A level French course will broaden and deepen your knowledge of the French language. It is an exciting chance to develop a wide range of skills through a broad range of specialised and detailed insights into the culture, society and history of both modern France and the wider French-speaking world.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Studying A Level French at Blackpool Sixth will further develop and improve your knowledge of the French language whilst you develop your collaborative and independent learning skills.

Grade 5 in GCSE French is preferred.

INSPIRING STUDENT

Charlotte Tabeart High School: Highfield Leadership Academy “I enjoy studying French as we don’t just focus on the language but also French culture, society and literature making it a more rounded experience. Blackpool Sixth does not only offer a wide range of subjects but also the opportunity to join different societies.”


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A Level Further Mathematics A Level Geography What is it? For those with a passion for mathematics, this course will develop your understanding of fundamental ideas with the introduction of complex numbers and matrices. You will also study applied units in discrete mathematics and mechanics to discover new areas of interest.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

A supportive and collaborative atmosphere, taught by highly qualified mathematicians. To develop you further, we offer a stretch club and many mathematics competitions such as the UKMT. We offer tailored support for students looking at mathematics degrees. Students will gain access to our website consisting of lessons with full solutions and a variety of practice questions to help prepare you in your studies.

A minimum of grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics. You must also take A Level Mathematics as one of your other courses.

What is it? Geography is diverse, topical, exciting and challenging. It provides a holistic view of the world and develops a greater understanding of the human and physical processes that shape it.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

At Blackpool Sixth you will have experienced teachers who have current and previous experience of examining for the subject. Geography is a well-respected subject and superb preparation for studying academic courses at university.

A grade 5 (ideally higher tier) in GCSE Geography and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.


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A Level Law

What is it? Law is an exciting subject that provides an understanding of the rules and people that govern our lives. We explore interesting and challenging topics such as criminal law, negligence and morality.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Law is excellent preparation for studying any academic course at university and we have many ex-students who are successful legal practitioners.

A grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

INSPIRING STUDENT

Tilly Tracey High School: Home Schooled “Law is very engaging as we learn about lots of interesting cases. Law has helped me to further my skills in independent research, recalling information and applying knowledge to scenarios.”


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A Level Mathematics

What is it? A subject which develops problem solving and logic across a diverse range of topics. You will apply algebraic skills to graphical and abstract situations; a challenging but rewarding A level. You will study pure mathematics alongside some mechanics and statistics; allowing you to apply your mathematics.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

In addition to being highly valued, A level Mathematics also supports other A levels such as physics, economics, chemistry and computer science. Using an extensive range of resources in our collaborative classrooms and constant support from experienced teachers we develop deep understanding. You will also have the opportunity to compete in mathematical competitions such as the UKMT.

At least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

INSPIRING STUDENT

Charlotte Pilling High School: Baines School Charlotte achieved four A* grades in A Level Mathematics, further mathematics, biology and chemistry and is progressing to The University of York to study biochemistry. “I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have been given! Blackpool Sixth helped me to prepare for university with all the support I was given during the application process.”


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A Level Media Studies

What is it? This course is the study of all aspects of media, from print media, to the moving image and into current digital forms. You will learn analytical and theoretical approaches to an exciting range of case studies, all accessed both in and out of the classroom through our online learning resources.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

You will engage in production work using industry-standard software, as well as accessing a range of bespoke online support material. The materials will be stimulating, engaging and challenging.

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or Literature. Students will be required to view 18 certificate material.

A Level Modern History

What is it? History is the fascinating story of human behaviour and the people and moments that have shaped our world. You will have the opportunity to study aspects such as the Tudors, the Cold War, both rich in conflict, politics and conspiracy and King John, African American Civil Rights or the Collapse of the Tsardom.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

History prepares students very well for university as it teaches the skills of analysis, evaluation and effective written and verbal communication. Students follow careers in areas such as law, journalism, teaching and management.

A grade 5 in GCSE History (if studied at school) and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.


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A Level Music Technology

A Level Music

What is it? A comprehensive introduction to advanced music studies, including performing, composing and analysing music. You will learn about music by a wide range of composers, and explore musical styles and genres.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

As a music student, you will receive weekly one-to-one tuition on your first-study instrument. Students get the chance to take part in our amazing concert series, including performances all over the Fylde coast. In addition, there may be an opportunity to join an international concert tour. Recent tour destinations have included Italy, Germany and New York.

You must have practical ability on your first study instrument (or voice) at grade 5 ABRSM standard or above (no need to have taken the exam). Students must also have passed (or be working towards) ABRSM grade 5 theory.

What is it? A creative, exciting and inspiring programme that develops a wide range of production skills including: recording and mixing techniques, composing using technology, synthesis and sampling.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

As a student you will have access to industry standard studio facilities to complete coursework and build a portfolio of recordings, arrangements and compositions. You will also have the opportunity to sound engineer live events.

Any prior experience of using production software will help students become familiar with recording features, edit screens and plugins. Applications including Cubase, Logic Pro, FL Studio to name a few offer free or trail versions of their software for users to experience, many of which are available for PC, MAC and tablets.


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A Level Physics A Level Physical Education What is it?

What is it? A Level Physical Education covers a wide range of exciting topics that give you an insight into careers and further study opportunities in sport. The course combines exams, coursework and practical assessment. You are required to have a practical assessment in one competitive sporting situation.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Our highly engaging lessons are taught with a strong focus on questioning. This innovative way of teaching allows you to apply and experience theories in a way you never have before.

Grade 4 in GCSE PE (if studied at school). A grade 5 in GCSE Science.

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles and is crucial to understanding the world around us, inside us and beyond us.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

You will benefit from being part of a hub college for the Fylde Coast Ogden Trust Partnership in partnership with Lancaster University. This includes a guest lecture series, ‘Physicist of the Year’ awards, Gold Crest Awards and visits to relevant locations in the UK and abroad.

Grade 6 in GCSE Maths preferred; a grade 5 may be considered. Grade 6 and 5 from GCSE combined science (higher tier), or grade 6 in GCSE Physics (if studied at school). It is highly recommended that you take A level Maths alongside A level Physics.

INSPIRING STUDENT |

Bruno Eaves

High School: AKS Lytham Bruno gained four A* grades in A Level Physics, A Level Mathematics, A Level Further Mathematics and A Level Chemistry.


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A Level Psychology

What is it? The scientific study of the human mind, its functions and subsequent behaviour. We cover a range of topics including memory, attachment, social behaviour, and psychopathology.

A Level Religion, Ethics and Philosophy

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Currently, our students are participating in contemporary psychological research with universities across the country. Additionally, we support students who wish to explore their own areas of interest in psychology through the extended project qualification. The psychology department is dedicated to providing students with hands-on experience of selected key areas studied on the course. For example, students gain a valuable perspective on forensic psychology by witnessing real cases unfold in the law courts.

Grade 5 in GCSE Science (in particular biology) and grade 5 in GCSE Maths required. Grade 5 in English Language is preferred.

What is it? A subject for people who are not afraid to ask big questions and are interested in knowing what our deepest thinkers say about God, science and free will.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

A highly recognised subject for people who are looking for a strong academic discipline. Explore the great philosophical works from the past and present whilst developing high-level analytical and evaluative skills

A grade 5 in GCSE Religious Studies (if studied at school) and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.


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A Level Spanish

A Level Sociology

What is it? Sociology is the study of society, which includes the study of families and households, the education system, beliefs within society, and the impact of crime and deviance upon society. We investigate the role of social, economic, political and cultural forces in shaping the lives of individuals today.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Sociology is a popular and academically demanding subject which requires a wide range of skills. Students enjoy the variety of activities in lessons and the frequent opportunities to take part in class discussions and engage in debates about contemporary issues.

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language

What is it? The study of Spanish is an exciting chance to develop a wide range of skills through a broad range of specialised and detailed insights into the culture, society and history.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Innovative teaching methods, with authentic resources, will fully immerse you in Hispanic culture.

Grade 5 in GCSE Spanish is preferred.


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A Level Statistics

What is it? For those who want to develop a deeper understanding of how to analyse and interpret real data, compare and contrast different methods for collecting data and discover patterns in our world.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

A level statistics provides an excellent overview of many different statistical techniques and how they are applied to real-life contexts. Statistics complements A levels in psychology, geography, biology and PE and plays a key role in many careers; analysing and interpreting data for the use of others is a highly desirable workplace skill by employers.

Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

INSPIRING STUDENT

Jess Banks High School: St Bede’s Catholic High School “I like how in statistics the situations given to us in the questions can be applied to real life circumstances. This lets us do small activities in class, such as taste tests, to help us understand the topic more.”


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The Blackpool Sixth Form College

BTEC College of the Year 2020 Blackpool Sixth was the winner of the national BTEC College of the Year award at Pearson’s 2020 BTEC Awards. Additionally, two students from the college won Silver Awards, acknowledging their excellent achievements in their BTEC courses. The 2020 BTEC Awards comprised of 17 categories and was hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC Ambassador, Flex, with awards presented by Double Olympic Gold medallist Max Whitlock as well as actress and former BTEC Drama student at The BRIT School, Kellie Shirley. The expert panel of judges made up of Pearson’s senior leadership team, journalists and external experts, carefully considered the nominees before deciding on the winners. Blackpool Sixth Principal, Jill Gray responded to the award, “We are absolutely thrilled that Blackpool Sixth has been recognised by one of the world’s leading awarding organisations, for the outstanding BTEC provision we provide. Our students are at the heart of all we do and we are incredibly proud of what they achieve and how they respond to the unstinting passion our staff have for inspiring learning, developing character, and building futures. “Excellence in all we do is at the heart of the college and this award is a testament to the professionalism and commitment of all the staff at Blackpool Sixth and is shared with our amazing students, past, present and future.” Employer engagement with learning at The Blackpool Sixth Form College was a particular aspect praised by the award judges.


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Vocational courses Check out our website for more information and full course listings www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/courses

All course information and other information regarding study programmes is correct at the time of printing, however the details may be subject to change. We would strongly advise checking our website for the most up-to-date information. www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk


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Cambridge Technicals Level 3 in Applied Science (Single, Double or Triple)

What is it? The level 3 applied science course includes biology, chemistry and physics and is designed to provide the key knowledge and practical skills required for employment in the exciting and varied world of science and to support progression onto higher education courses..

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

INSPIRING STUDENT

Links have been made with universities and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Visits to workshops and events promoting the use of science in industry are undertaken by students.

Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and grade 5 in a GCSE science subject.

High School: South Shore Academy

Amanah Farooq Amanah celebrated top marks of a Triple Distinction Star in BTEC Applied Science.

Visit the course pages of our website for the difference between the single, double and triple course. www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk


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BTEC Level 3: Art and Design (Triple)

What is it? This course aims to provide a firm foundation in core art and design practice, from graphics to painting, textiles processes, 3D and beyond, and to encourage personal development and expression.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

The course covers many elements of professional practice needed to be successful within the design industry. This course offers extensive opportunities to work with live external briefs and practising artists.

If you have not taken an art and design subject at school, you will need a portfolio showing desire and commitment to art and design.

I N S P I R I N G S T U D E N T | Csenge Szigeti High School: Highfield Leadership Academy “Blackpool Sixth is very friendly and welcoming, everyone gets on well and the lessons are fun. During the course I have developed my drawing, observation and photography skills.”

BTEC Level 3: Business (Single, Double or Triple)

What is it? BTEC Business covers many areas including marketing, recruitment, retailing, human resources and employment law. You will have access to careers including management, marketing, events management, entrepreneurship and finance.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

As part of studying business at Blackpool Sixth you will take part in work experience, organise your own event and have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Business Live’ conference at Disneyland.

Standard vocational programme requirements. (See page 7).

I N S P I R I N G S T U D E N T | Leah Pendlebury High School: Cardinal Allen Catholic High School Leah Pendlebury achieved D*D* in BTEC Business and a grade B in Financial Studies before progressing to an apprenticeship.


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Level 3 Applied Diploma: Criminology

What is it? Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminals. We cover a range of topics including; changing awareness of crime, criminological theories, crime scene to courtroom and crime and punishment.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Criminology is an up-and-coming popular subject which allows students to engage with contemporary issues within society. We have links with The University of Cumbria who visit us regularly to offer Offender Profiling Masterclasses which allow students to apply their knowledge from the classroom to the real world.

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

BTEC Level 3: Dance (Single or Triple)

What is it? This course is designed for students who wish to explore and develop their technique, choreography and analysis of dance. It provides an in-depth exploration of contemporary dance with some potential exploration of the jazz dance genre.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

You will have teachers who have trained at prestigious institutes and are highly experienced in both their craft and teaching and learning. You will use a professional dance studio and a state of the art theatre, which seats 300 people.

A minimum of two years’ dance experience and a grade 4 in GCSE English Language would be desirable.


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Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Engineering (Triple)

BTEC Level 3: Fashion Design, Promotion & Marketing (Triple)

What is it?

What is it? Engineering is the application of scientific knowledge to solving problems in the real world. Engineering enables technical understanding to come to life through problem solving, designing and building.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

You will study academic units that are rarely offered elsewhere. These units have been selected to give students the best start in engineering, and have been chosen in partnership with local universities and engineering companies.

Grade 5 (higher tier) in GCSE Maths and a grade 5 and 4 in GCSE combined science (or BTEC Level 2 PP).

This course aims to provide a firm foundation in core fashion and design practice, and to encourage personal development and expression.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

The course covers many elements of professional practice needed to be successful within the fashion design industry. You will have extensive opportunities to work with live external briefs and practising artists.

Ideally you will have a grade 4 in any GCSE art or textiles subject. If not, then you’ll need creative flair, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

I N S P I R I N G S T U D E N T | Aimee Reid High School: Hodgson Academy Aimee progressed to UAL University of the Arts London to study a degree in fashion and sportswear.


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BTEC Level 3: Film and Television Production (Double) LIBF Level 3 Financial Studies What is it? A practical course designed to develop both theoretical knowledge and technical skill that will equip you to work within one of the many job roles available in the film and television Industry. The course prepares you well to further your studies at higher education, develop further skill at an industry specific apprenticeship or dive straight into industry employment.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth? Develop practical skills within camera work and film editing, using industry standard equipment and explore filmmaking techniques, creative approaches post-production linked to key movements from Film Noir through to Soviet Montage. You will have opportunities to feed your passion through industry talks, trips to London and Aesthetica Film Festival. We have a very high success rate with prestigious film schools and excellent opportunities for industry apprenticeships due to our combined curricula of Film & Television and Film Studies.

Specific course entry requirements: Grade 4 in GCSE English Language is preferred along with confidence to communicate effectively as part of a production team.

What is it? Understanding personal finance is a practical, life-long skill. You will focus on how to manage money effectively using tools such as budgets and cash flow forecasts. As well as understanding the technicalities of savings, mortgages, pensions etc. You will also learn about regulation, consumer protection and the key trends shaping the banking and financial sector.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Our course has been shared with schools and colleges nationally as an example of best practice. You will have a golden opportunity to gain the skills to make informed decisions and manage your finances effectively throughout your life.

If you have taken a GCSE/BTEC business course at school, then a grade 4 or BTEC pass is required.


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BTEC Level 3: Health and Social Care (Double or Triple)

What is it? Health and social care is a platform to enter nursing and allied health professions, education and social work. The course involves a range of topics, work-related projects and placements, which will prepare you for your future career.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

We offer two pathways in health and social care: nursing cadetship (you must study the triple course for this) or general health and social care studies. Students will undertake 30 hours of work placement in one setting alongside other opportunities such as first aid training and clinical skills workshops. We achieve excellent upper high grades and 100% high grades and pass rate.

Some nursing/ midwifery courses at university may require grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths, English language and/or science. Completion of DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

I N S P I R I N G S T U D E N T | Kristyna Nova High School: Cardinal Allen Catholic High School Kristyna gained a Triple Distinction Star in BTEC Health and Social Care and is now studying operating department practice at the University of Leicester.

BTEC Level 3: IT (Single or Double)

What is it? BTEC IT includes practical tasks and theory, incorporating a wide range of topics including computer games development, spreadsheets and database design. The course opens the door to careers in IT and business.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

We use ‘live’ scenarios, raising funds for charities and incorporating work experience. Ideal for entry into the workplace or university. Trips to Business & IT Live at Disneyland Paris and New York are highlights of the year. We achieve excellent upper high grades and 100% high grades and pass rate.

Standard vocational programme requirements. (See page 7)


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BTEC Level 3: Musical Theatre (Single or Triple) BTEC Level 3: Music (Double or Triple)

What is it? This is the perfect course for anyone who has a passion for popular music and the music industry. You will study solo and ensemble performance, music production and music theory. Through integrated music projects you will also learn about the music industry and how to plan for a successful career.

What is it?

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

All your major performances at Blackpool Sixth will take place in external performance venues to live audiences. Learn about all aspects of this exciting industry in a highly practical way.

Must demonstrate instrumental/vocal skills at ABRSM grade 4 or equivalent standard. All students will take part in a practical audition to demonstrate musical performance skills.

This is an exciting and varied course developing technique and performance skills in singing, dancing and acting. It aims to provide budding West End stars with the skills to apply for higher education courses, or vocational training in the industry. You will have workshops with professional performers. You will undertake work experience in the community and will focus on the high standards needed in the musical theatre industry.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

The course is ideal for performers who want to develop their skills in acting, singing and dance. The course will prepare you for applications to prestigious musical theatre schools and university courses. You will have excellent teaching and learning and excellent facilities, including a 300 seat theatre.

At least two years of recent significant performance experience.

I N S P I R I N G S T U D E N T | Phoebe Hickling High School: Millfield Science and Performing Arts College Pheobe achieved Distinction Star grades in BTEC Musical Theatre and BTEC Performing Arts.


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BTEC Level 3 Sport ( Double or Triple)

BTEC Level 3: Performing Arts (Triple)

What is it? What is it? A course to develop your performance experience. You will develop skills in acting, singing and dance and you will have an opportunity to develop your creative and technical skills in all three areas.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Gain professional quality training and performance experience to prepare you for the industry. We have an outstanding record of students progressing to prestigious institutions.

Practical experience in at least two out of the three disciplines of acting, singing and movement. You must be willing and able to take part in eight practical classes per week.

BTEC Sport is an innovative and exciting course that develops knowledge, understanding and experience in a range of sporting topics allowing you to progress to university or into employment.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Our highly engaging lessons are taught by a number of outstanding teachers with specialisms in a variety of areas. Our expertise lies in improving our student grades by helping them to learn and apply a variety of scenarios when completing their assignments.

Standard vocational programme requirements (see page 7).

I N S P I R I N G S T U D E N T | Daniel Millard

I N S P I R I N G S T U D E N T | Daisy Hughes

High School: St George’s School

High School: Fleetwood High School

“I particularly enjoy being assessed in performances. I get to do something I love and enjoy every aspect of my course.”

“Since studying BTEC Sport my confidence has come on more and more through planning and coaching my own lessons to my classmates.”


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BTEC Level 3: Travel and Tourism (Double or Triple) BTEC Level 3: Sport and Exercise Science (Single, Double or Triple) What is it?

What is it? A dynamic and energising course, sport and exercise sciences will prepare you for careers in sport. You will study a variety of units ranging from the study of skill acquisition to sports injury management.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

With strong links with higher education institutes, we tailor our learning and assessment methods to meet the requirements of universities. Strong employer links ensure that our students are exposed to the sports industry gaining vital experience.

Two grade 4s in GCSE combined science or grade 4 in GCSE Biology.

This course is exciting, interesting and enjoyable along with an excellent choice for students to progress directly into employment or on to higher education. Travel and Tourism is the exploration into one of the largest employment sectors in the UK and all over the world. Throughout the course, students investigate and gain knowledge of modern travel and tourism and research the industry from small business to multinational enterprises as well as explore forms of tourism across the world. This course improves students skills in communication and customer service.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth?

Specific course entry requirements:

Our highly engaging lessons are taught by teachers who have travel industry experience. Benefit from our links with a wide range of travel and tourism employers including partners at various organisations including Blackpool Tower, TUI, Jet2, NST Travel as well as with universities who will all bring your learning to life through a variety of trips, visits and guest speakers.

Standard vocational programme requirements (see page 7).


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BTEC Level 3: Uniformed Protective Services (Double / Triple)

What is it? This innovative uniformed public services course course provides enriching teaching and learning opportunities to ensure students discover and develop vital skills required to enter employment or further study.

Why study this course at Blackpool Sixth? We will help you to prepare psychologically, physically and academically for a career within our illustrious public services. Whether it is our emergency services, armed forces or an additional service you are seeking to join, you will gain hands-on experience from current serving personnel and ex-serving teachers. You will get the chance to visit different sectors as well as speak with ex students who are currently in their dream role in their chosen service.

Specific course entry requirements: Standard vocational programme entry requirements (see page 7).

AWARD WINNING STUDENTS In 2021 BTEC Protective Services students Milly Probert and Millie Scholes were awarded Silver in the ‘BTEC Student of the Year’ category from the examinations and publishing giant, Pearson. Anya Price picked up Bronze in the same category. In 2020 Skylah Hunt won Silver in the ‘BTEC Student of the Year’ category .


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Route3 Programme

What does the Route3 Programme involve? GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths

Want to study at Blackpool Sixth but not sure you’ll get the grades you need? Route3 is the ideal option for you! Blackpool Sixth’s Route3 Programme has been specially created to give students an opportunity to boost their level 2/GCSE qualification profile and prepare them for Level 3 study and future next steps. As a Route3 Programme student, you will commit to a supportive but challenging programme that has been designed to help you develop as a learner and to support you in achieving your all important GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths alongside other vocational Level 2 qualifications.

BTEC Level 2

BTEC Level 2

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Business & IT

Creative Digital Media

BTEC Level 2 or

Health & Social Care

or

BTEC Level 2 Public Services

LIBF Level 2 Certificate in Finance

Study either GCSE English Language or Maths or both, if you haven't got a grade 4 yet.

INSPIRING STUDENT

Jake Wood High School: St George’s School Jake studied both GCSE Maths and GCSE English alongside BTEC IT and level 2 Financial Education. “Route3 isn't an extension of high school, but an opportunity to prepare you for life. You get to achieve extra qualifications along with the GCSE subjects you are studying. The support offered throughout the programme helps you re-establish what you want to achieve over a 3 year period, so there is no rush if you are unsure of your career path.”

Add one of the options in the blue boxes above which will be equivalent to two GCSE’s: BTEC Business (Single) and BTEC IT (Single) OR BTEC Public Services (Double) OR BTEC Creative Digital Media (Double) OR BTEC Health and Social Care (Double). If you have already passed GCSE English Language or Maths at grade 4, then you will take Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education as part of your programme. We can offer Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education in place of either BTEC business or IT if you have previously taken one of those courses. Details of all of these courses can be found on our website in the courses section.


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What else will the Route3 programme include?

Pastoral Mentoring All Route3 students are all supported by a pastoral mentor who will provide weekly pastoral sessions and be the first point of contact throughout the year.

Learning Resources Team

Futures Team and CEIAG

Students will be invited to attend bespoke study skills workshops with the learning resource team based in the FYI, to develop planning, organisation, independent learning, working to deadlines and other skills essential to succeed at college.

Throughout the year students will be offered independent careers advice from our Futures team based in the FYI to help support decision making for next steps.

Additional Learning Support Extra support for students with special educational needs and/ or disabilities to overcome any barriers to learning or help with transition from school to college.

6xtra Students will have access to a wide range of extracurricular activities from the 6Xtra provision and are strongly encouraged to join at least one of these to support their development and enhance their CV. Activities include sports, dance, music, sign language, book club and many more.

How do I gain a place on the Route3 programme? What are the entry requirements? To join the Route3 programme you will need 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (or equivalent). One of either or English Language or Maths needs to be a grade 3 whilst the other needs to be no less than a grade 2. For more information or queries, please contact Alex Gardner, Route3 Lead, alex.gardner@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk

www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/route3


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