School sixth forms

Sixth formers studying... are attached to a high school

They are for 16 to 19 year olds

Students attending sixth form usually include those who were at the school in year 11 and new students from other schools.

School sixth forms usually offer academic qualifications in a range of subjects, such as A Levels but they may also offer a few vocational (job-related) courses, for example BTEC diplomas and extended diplomas.

Some school sixth forms only offer level 3 courses, for example A levels/BTEC, for which students usually need 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 to get a place. Others offer a small number of level 2 courses, for example GCSEs/BTECs, that usually require around 3 or 4 GCSEs at grade 4-2 at least. Check the entry requirements with individual schools.

There is also a studio school in Kirklees, where students with a range of abilities develop employability and life skills and study a range of creative and/or business qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3. The qualifications offered relate to the type of practical education offered, for example creative and media. They follow a 'personalised' curriculum, which meets their needs. Learning is delivered in small, supportive groups through enterprise (business-related) themed projects in the school, local businesses and the community. Students also spend time in 'real work'. Students work with local employers and a personal coach, and follow a curriculum designed to give them the skills and qualifications they need in work, or carry on in full-time further or higher education.

University technical colleges (UTCs) also offer a way of studying scientific and technical subjects, the nearest UTCs are currently in Leeds and Sheffield.

For a list of sixth forms and colleges in Calderdale and Kirklees, as well as UTCs within daily travel, see the right hand side of the full-time learning page

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