With the biggest range of A-Levels in South Cumbria and exciting new vocational qualifications Barrow Sixth Form is the first choice for students who are destined for a great career.

Over the past 35 years the College has been providing high-quality education and careers advice to 16-19s and adults from across Furness, South Lakes and Copeland. It is the only specialist Sixth Form College in Cumbria offering a vibrant learning environment, great range of enrichment choices and supportive staff.

It has excellent links to prestigious universities alongside great connections with industry who seek out talented students to employ.

The tutors are subject experts and at A-Level it is in the top quarter nationally for helping students make excellent progress, meaning they get better grades than most between GCSE and A-Level.

About us

‘High expectations, high quality provision, high grades’

Barrow Sixth Form was rated ‘good’ in all areas with ‘outstanding’ law provision by Ofsted in 2015. Inspectors praised the ‘enthusiastic and passionate teachers’, ‘high quality provision’ and ‘highly effective support’ for students which is successfully helping them to progress to top universities and employment. Law is one of the most popular subjects at Barrow Sixth Form and was judged to be outstanding with inspectors saying ‘highly knowledgeable’ teachers ‘support students particularly well to help them achieve high grades’.

Inspectors noted:

  • Enthusiastic and passionate teachers
  • Increasing numbers of students going to top universities
  • Students well prepared for employment/Higher Apprenticeships
  • Good student support
  • Students make very good progress
  • Culture of respect and positive relationships
  • Preparing students for the future

Our pass rate at A-Level is 97 per cent, marking high academic success and our ethos is to raise aspirations to help all our students to reach their potential. We successfully support students to achieve their goals and they annually secure offers from Oxbridge universities and places on competitive courses including medicine and veterinary medicine.

We also hold regular sessions with local employers such as BAE Systems, Gen II, Sellafield, GSK and Kimberly-Clark and who are seeking students for their Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship programmes post A-Level and ‘earn and learn’ schemes such as KPMG’s prestigious school leaver programme.

New era with vocational qualifications

Alongside 30 subjects at A-Levels, the College is now offering Level 2/Level 3 programmes of Cambridge Technicals in subjects including Business, Health and Social Care, IT, Science and Performing Arts. These are a high-quality vocational alternative to A-Level designed with the workplace in mind so students leave college work-ready. This flexibility means students can mix and match with A-Levels in a tailor-made programme.

How to apply

You can apply for courses on our website www.barrow6fc.ac.uk and you can call us on 01229 828377 to organise an advice session.

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Main Contact

David Batten (Principal)

T: 01229 828377
E: principal@barrow6fc.ac.uk

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