6th form Opportunities
Moving on to Sixth Form
As Firth Park Academy does not have the option of staying on Post-16, you may want to consider applying to another school. It is worth giving yourself time to think about this, and start looking into attending some open days/evenings at your chosen institution. This will allow you to get a feel for whether you would be comfortable there, as being happy in your surroundings is important. You can see the local 6th form opportunities that are available to you at the bottom of the page.
What will you study?
You may have already decided on what subjects you would like to study. Most sixth forms offer AS/A levels and some BTEC Diplomas. These are usually a continuation of what you have selected in your GCSE options, e.g. History and Art. Some sixth forms may offer a wider range of choices like vocational qualifications.
What will it be like there?
Sixth form will be more relaxed, but still remain structured like at Firth Park Academy. You will get times where you will not have a lesson; this is called a ‘free period’. You are expected to use this time to continue with your studies or complete outstanding homework. This time is not supervised by a teacher and, if you are lucky, your school will have a room where sixth formers can go.
Even though you may have a free period, your school WILL still expect you to attend for the day. You will probably not have to wear a school uniform, but follow a smarter dress code.
How can I find out more?
If you are still unsure as to whether sixth form is for you, here’s some things you can start doing now:
- Start attending sixth form open days/evening - make sure you visit a few institutions; this will help you to confirm that you’ve made the right choice.
- Talk to students that already attend sixth form.
- Talk to the teachers - especially the ones that will be teaching you if you go there.
- Make sure that the sixth offers the courses you want to do.
- Start talking to people you trust, who can offer advice - parents, teachers or careers adviser.
- Find out more about the independent schools (fee paying) with sixth forms.
Watch the video below for advice from UCAS on preparing for Post-16:
Local 6th form opportunities