School sixth forms

Sixth formers studyingA school sixth form is attached to a high school

It's for young people between the ages of 16 and 19

Students attending sixth form usually include those who were at the school in year 11, as well as 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 number of 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 or A*-C to get a place. Others offer a small number of level 2 courses, for example GCSEs/BTECs, that usually require around 5 GCSEs at grade 9-3 or A*-D. Check the entry requirements with individual schools.

There is also a studio school in Kirklees, where students with a range of abilities develop key employability and life skills and study a range of key 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'.

University technical colleges (UTCs) also offer a way of studying scientific and technical subjects, the nearest UTCs are currently in Leeds and Sheffield. For more details see 'More to explore' on the right

See the right of the full-time learning page for a list of sixth forms and colleges in Calderdale and Kirklees, as well as UTCs within daily travel.

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Special school sixth forms

SEND 006A special school sixth form offers courses for students aged over 16 in a special school environment

Like in mainstream sixth forms ...

... students will start special school sixth form in the September after they have finished year 11. Students can spend up to three extra years in school. The sixth form may include students who attended the school in the past, as well as students who were at other schools.

Places at special school sixth forms are allocated in discussion with families, the school and the Kirklees SEN (special educational needs) team. They offer programmes of study at pre entry and entry level.

For further details of entry requirements for individual special schools, please contact the school – see individual special schools on the Calderdale Local Offer or Kirklees Local Offer websites.

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Colleges of further education

Hairdressing 001Colleges offer courses at different levels

The courses are for 16 to 18 year olds and adults

Many of the courses lead to vocational (job-related) qualifications such as BTEC, City and Guilds, Diplomas, NVQs and apprenticeships. Some may also offer academic qualifications and higher education courses.

Each college is different, so check what is available with the college. The local colleges of further education are Calderdale College and Kirklees College.

Go to this linked page to see a list of sixth forms and other colleges in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Foundation and employability study programmes

  • Kirklees College runs a foundation learning course, which is tailored to individual students' need to improve their basic skills, such as English and maths, life skills and their readiness for work. The course also includes individual support.
  • Calderdale College runs an employability and life skills course, which develops interpersonal, team work and other work-related skills. It also includes help with English and maths.

Many of the students attending both courses continue on to higher level courses or into employment.

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Sixth form colleges

Age 16 18 048A sixth form college is for young people between the ages of 16 and 19

Young people can attend sixth form college after they have completed year 11 at school

At some sixth form colleges students only study A levels, others offer a mix of qualifications, such as A levels, BTECs and GCSEs, and applied A levels. There is one sixth form college in Calderdale and two in Kirklees.

For:

  • A levels and BTEC level 3, students usually need a range of GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 or A*-C to get a place
  • Level 2 courses, such as GCSEs and BTECs, usually require a range of GCSEs at 9-3 or A*-D
  • Level 1 courses a range of GCSEs at 2-1 or E-F are required. Check the courses offered and entry requirements with individual colleges.

See the right of this page for a list of sixth forms and colleges in Calderdale and Kirklees.

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Personalised learning

Group of students in trainingPersonalised learning is an individual programme of learning

It's offered by a specialist training provider or a college

A range of opportunities and activities are put together for the student and one or more organisations could be involved in delivering the learning.

The C&K Careers' booklet called 'What Next?' - a copy is avalable on this page - provides information about formal and informal learning opportunities for students with complex needs who are leaving school at 19 years of age within Kirklees (it is hoped that a Calderdale version will be made available).

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