There are approximately 65 private sixth form colleges in the UK, mostly covering the age range 14 to 20. Most of them started by teaching A Levels, but now the majority also teach GCSEs for pupils who enter at 14 or 15. For those age 16+ colleges have also added University Foundation Programmes, International Baccalaureate, BTECs and Diplomas.
A sixth form college tends to concentrate just on the academic studies and has limited facilities for extra-curricular activities. They are mostly in city centres and have no sports facilities of their own. A 6FC rarely has a college uniform – students dress how they want within reason! Most 6FCs are far more flexible on admissions than schools. 6FCs generally offer a wider variety of courses.
So why consider a private sixth form college...
Colleges boast of small class sizes of between 5-12 for most A Level subjects and for the more specilised courses those class sizes could be down to 2-3. Smaller classes allow teachers to focus on the students and with such small classrooms there is nowhere to hide!
Along with home-grown students, private sixth form colleges are also home to a large number of international students who are preparing for university study, therefore creating a global setting for learning.
Colleges are more mature in their outlook, students are expected to be independent and the change of enviroment is more akin to that of a university.
Best College Tables – transfer to this section to view the top sixth form college tables. This measures colleges by A level results.
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eGuide on Sixth Form Colleges -we have written an eGuide on how to choose a private sixth form college, including factors other than academic performance. This eGuide is free to download but only our bespoke advice clients receive the version with an additional 30-point questionnaire for college visits.