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  • Prospectus | September 2016 entry

  • Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: XXXXXXX

    To be an outstanding Sixth Form College providing high quality education for all.

    Mission Statement

  • 03Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Welcome

    As a Centre of Excellence for sixth form studies, we are experienced in helping students just like you to achieve your full potential in preparation for your future career.

    Our courses are led by subject specialists with a wealth of experience of teaching 16-19 year-olds and our results, which are higher than both the local and national average, are a testament to our expertise.

    We offer a mature and aspirational place in which to learn, and foster a culture of independence, confidence and mutual respect, so students leave with a broad skill set and a real desire to succeed. Many go on to study at top universities, including Oxbridge, whilst others secure apprenticeships or jobs with leading employers.

    We hope you feel The Sixth Form College is the right choice for you. Please do come along to one of our Open Events to find out more about all of the opportunities available from our student alumni and staff.

    Kathryn Podmore Principal

    Welcome. Choosing where to continue your education at 16 is an important decision and we are delighted that you are considering The Sixth Form College.

  • Find out why we are Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form:

    Welcome ................................................03

    Why Choose Us .....................................06

    Courses ..................................................10

    Advanced Level Courses ......................12

    Level 2 Courses .....................................14

    Support .................................................16

    Facilities ................................................22

    Student Life ...........................................26

    Application Process .............................28

    Travel ......................................................29

    facebook.com/birkenheadsixthformcollege @BSFC

    I chose to study at The Sixth Form College because its friendly, supportive staff and

    environment welcomed me more than

    anywhere else.Melissa, Weatherhead High School & Calday

    Grange Grammar School

  • 05Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Open Events

    Want more information? Come along to one of our open evenings where you can take a look around the college for yourself and chat to current students and subject tutors about courses.

    Wednesday 11th November 2015

    Wednesday 20th January 2016

    Saturday 19th March 2016

    Open events

    COMPETITION FOR PLACES

    IS HIGH So apply early to secure the course

    of your choice

  • Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: XXXXXXX06

    Why choose us?

    WIdEST CHOICE oF CoUrSeS

    HIGH ACHIEvING ACAdemiC CenTre oF

    exCeLLenCe

    4M inveSTmenT in modern FACiLiTieSSPECialiST in SixTh

    Form edUCATion

  • 07Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Why choose us?

    OuTSTANdING SuPPORT

    FuLL PREPARATION

    For higher edUCATion

  • 08 Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Why choose us?

    As one of only 93 specialist sixth form colleges in the country and a recognised Centre of Academic Excellence, we are the experts in sixth form education.

    it is a bold statement, but one we know we can deliver on - whatever your qualifications and aspirations.

    We have more than 25 years experience in providing specialist sixth form education and our team of dedicated and highly experienced and qualified staff is committed to the highest standards of teaching and support for our students.

    We are here to equip you with all the skills you need for Higher Education and employment, with the widest range of A Level and BTEC course options in the area, and additional activities all designed to add depth and breadth to your CV.

    It is our personalised approach, combined with the quality of our provision, which has made us the number one choice for school leavers from every school in the area, with many students also joining us from even further afield.

    Specialist Sixth Form College.

  • 09Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Why choose us?

    Coming to The Sixth Form College was the best decision

    Ive ever made.Breandn,

    South Wirral High School

    Morechoiceofcourses,availableinanysubjectcombination, to suit each students ambitions and abilities.

    Dedicatedsixthformteachersandspecialistsupportstaff.

    Anadultapproachtostudentlearning,providingasteppingstone from school to the world of employment or university.

    Learningenvironmentsdesignedforsixthformstudy.

    Sixthformcollegesstatistically outperform all other providers of 16-18 education.*

    What sets a sixth form college apart from school?

    *SixthFormCollegesAssociation:SixthSense-howSixthFormCollegeshelp students progress to higher education and beyond.

  • Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Courses10

    Courses.

    ALL THE GuIdANCE YOu NEEd TO BUilD

    THE RiGHT PROGRaMME

    FOR YOU

  • 11Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Courses

    Whether you are looking to progress on to Higher Education at a top university or secure a position with one of the countrys leading employers, we offer you all the help and advice you need to choose the best combination of courses to get you there.

    Take a look at the table below to confirm which level is best for you:

    The widest choice of courses in Wirral

    Predicted/ actual results

    Course choices

    5 GCSEs at grades a*-C (including Maths or English language)

    GCSEs at grades C-D

    GCSEs at grades E-F

    advanced level (a levels and BTEC qualifications)

    level 2 (BTECS and GCSEs)

    Please contact the admissions Team for advice

    For detailed and up to date

    information on all subjects and courses visit

    www.bsfc.ac.uk

    Study the courses of your choice, with more combinations than any other sixth form in Wirral

  • Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Courses12

    Below is an example of a standard pathway for our Level 3 courses:

    a levels and BTEC Qualifications

    Advanced Level courses.

    ENTRY

    YEaR 1

    YEaR 2

    PROGRESS

    Five separate GCSEs, including Maths and/or English Language, at grades A*-C

    Study four A Level subjects or BTEC equivalent qualifications

    Study three or four A Level subjects or BTEC equivalent qualifications

    University, employment, or further education/other higher education course

    * Some subjects may have additional entry criteria * BTEC qualifications may be considered if at Merit or above

  • 13

    a level Subjects(aS and a2 including applied subjects)

    art & Design - Fine art

    art & Design - Graphics

    art & Design - Textiles

    Biology

    Business

    Chemistry

    Computer Science

    Dance

    Design Technology

    Drama & Theatre Studies

    Economics

    English language

    English language and literature

    English literature

    Film Studies

    French

    Geography

    Government & Politics

    Health & Social Care

    History

    iCT (applied)

    law

    Mathematics

    Mathematics - Further

    Media Studies

    Music

    Physics

    Psychology

    Religious Studies

    Sociology

    Spanish

    Sport & Physical Education

    Statistics

    Business

    law

    applied Science

    Health & Social Care (Full Time Programme)

    Business

    iCT

    Forensic Science

    Medical Science

    Sport

    Choose from the following:

    BTEC level 3 QualificationsSubsidiary DiplomaEquivalent to: 1 A level

    Extended DiplomaEquivalent to: 3 A levels

    DiplomaEquivalent to: 2 A levels

    The college really helps to unleash the full potential of all of its students helping you to achieve your career plans. James, St. John Plessington Catholic College Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Courses

  • Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Courses14

    Level 2 courses.

    College provides a superb bridge

    between high school and university.

    Matthew, Wirral Grammar School for Boys

  • 15Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Courses

    Below is an example of the sort of progression you can expect from our Level 2 courses:

    BTECs and GCSE Qualifications

    Entry: GCSEsmostlyatgradeCorD

    Year 1 Study / BTEC level 2 Diploma: May include GCSE resits (or equivalent courses) in Maths and/or English

    YEaRS 2 aND 3: Study for Level 3 Advanced Level courses and follow a similar pathway to that outlined on page 13.

    BTEC level 2 Diploma

    GCSE/level 2

    art & Design

    Business

    Health & Social Care

    iCT

    Media

    English Maths

    Choose from the following:

    Choose from the following:

    Please note that we do reserve the right to place students on an alternative Level 2 qualification in Maths or English. The qualification we offer will be appropriate to an individuals level of ability and will be confirmed following a short assessment at the start of the term.

  • Wirrals No.1 Sixth Form: Support16

    Support.

    Since joining The Sixth Form College

    I have become more confident and enjoy

    studying. Teachers here support you and help

    you achieve your goals and ambitions.

    Geena, Birkenhead High School Academy

    The college is a friendly environment in which

    teachers push students to succeed and also

    provide support through processes such as

    applying for university.Bethany,

    Hilbre High School

  • 17Wirrals No.1 Sixth Fo