There are approximately 70 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 the 16+ ages, colleges have also added Foundation Programmes, International Baccalaureate or the Pre-U.
A private 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 sixth form college rarely has a college uniform – students dress how they want within reason!
Most sixth form colleges are far more flexible on admissions than schools. You will be likely to get in with C grades at GCSE whereas schools tend to want As or Bs.
What about exam success? There’s little to choose between them. All colleges are co-ed, whereas you can also have single sex schools.
A. Best College Tables – transfer to this section to view the top sixth form college tables. This measures colleges by A levels. There are only 2 colleges offering the IBDP and thus they are covered in the IBDP school table.
B. Find a College – if you are looking at the top league tables, then just clicking your cursor on a college name will take you to the college’s details. If you want to find a college by area then follow this link and enter “sixth form college” in the search engine.
C. Expert assistance in finding a private sixth form college – click here to go to the ENQUIRY FORM to enter your requirements or just phone +44 (0)1622 813870
D. 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.
Click here to go to sixth form college eGuide.