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6th Form College Subjects

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If you want to stay on in full-time education after 16, there are lots of courses to choose from. First you'll need to decide which subjects you want to focus on:
To get the most out of studying after the age of 16 (sometimes known as 'further education'), it’s important to take time to choose the right courses and qualifications.

Ask yourself:
  • what you are good at, and what you enjoy - most people do better when they study a subject they like
  • what course structure will suit you - do you prefer end-of-year exams, continual assessment, or a mixture of both?
  • whether you want to learn something new - for many courses, you may not need any previous experience
  • what learning style will suit you - do you prefer lectures, classroom discussions, or practical workshops?
  • where the course will lead - does it fit in with your long-term plans?
You could study for academic qualifications such as AS or A levels, or go for work-related qualifications such as BTECs, City and Guilds and OCR Nationals. Selected colleges also offer the new Diploma qualification for 14- to 19-year-olds.
In addition, you can take qualifications in Key Skills - these are the essential skills that employers look for.
You can apply to more than one sixth form or college. Many colleges let you apply online through their website, or you can contact them for an application form.

You should start applying for popular or specialist courses in the Autumn term of Year 11. For other courses, you normally apply in the Spring.

You do not normally need to apply if you want to stay on at your school’s own sixth form.
List of popular colleges can be found here: