School sixth forms
... are attached to a high school
They are for 16 to 19 year olds
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
Need to contact us?
Your C&K Careers school or college careers adviser can help and advise you – get in touch with the careers team in school/college.
- Ring 01484 242000 and ask for your careers adviser by name or press '0' to speak to someone who can help
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Page updated April 2019