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Our definition of a sixth form college is different to the sixth form centre of a Boarding School – what are the differences?

  • A sixth form college typically concentrates on the ages 16 to 19 just for A Levels , the IB, the Pre-U or Foundation Programs
  • Some sixth form colleges also do GCSEs although most of these are done on a one year intensive basis
  • There are around 65 private sixth form colleges in the UK, the majority centred on London, Oxford or Cambridge
  • They are all co-educational
  • There are no uniforms required at a sixth form college
  • Most colleges concentrate on academic studies, with only a limited number of extra curricular activities
  • Colleges will often tutor a student to retake an exam whereas very few schools will.
  • Only a few colleges have boarding accommodation comparable to schools. In most cases it is either home stay with a local family or a university student house.
  • Sixth form colleges are far more flexible about admissions. There are rarely entrance tests.
  • Most colleges will take over a previous subject on any one of the 4 major exam boards – AQA, edexcel. OCR or WJEC. Schools will insist you match the exam board they operate.
  • If you want sport or music or pastoral care or single sex education use a school.
  • Sixth form colleges have really excellent exam success rates. We deal with all of them – just call us on +44 (0) 1622 813870 or try our separate website