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Essential Information for students, parents and carers

Welcome to Blackpool Sixth

Our mission and core values

Important dates for 2019 – 2020

Study programmes and entry requirements

Academic Support Tutorials (ASTs)

Directed Study Time (DST)

Study day

Communication with parents/carers

Membership cards

The Blackpool Sixth day

Reception

Equality and diversity

Acceptable use of computers

Attendance and punctuality

Term time holidays or requests for special leave

Absence procedures

Long-term sickness

Safeguarding and confidentiality

Change of circumstances

Safety and first aid

Pastoral care

Additional support for students

Minimum Target Grades (MTG)

Changing a subject

External and mock examinations

Route 3 programme and progression to lower sixth

FYi – The learning resource centre

Student Services, financial support and transport support

Careers education, information, advice and guidance

Work experience placements

The Excellence Programme

Excellence programme enrichment (6Advance)

Enrichment programme (6Xtra)

The college environment

Bicycles, motorcycles and cars

Catering facilities

Illegal substances, smoking and consumption of alcohol

Dress to college

Compliments, concerns and complaints

Disciplinary procedures

Other policies operated by the Directors (Governing Body)

Charges to students for college activities

Financial contributions for specific subjects

Welcome to Blackpool Sixth

I am delighted that you have chosen to join us for the next step in your education.

Blackpool Sixth is a very welcoming, supportive and aspirational college. Students achieve outstanding results; this is in part due to the fact that we have high expectations of all our students and staff.

I hope that you find this handbook useful. You will find information about important matters, including student attendance, travel, college policies and health and well-being.

Our Blackpool Sixth Expects document gives guidance on what is expected of students in terms of their studies and general behaviour. It also clearly sets out the high standards that Blackpool Sixth expects of itself to ensure all our students can achieve their full potential and receive the best support. We will provide students with an environment that helps them to make a smooth and confident transition onto their next step, whether this is university, employment with training, an apprenticeship or other plan to support their future career. 

Blackpool Sixth values a positive partnership between college, students and their parents/carers; communication, therefore, is very important to us. In the autumn and spring terms parents/carers will receive a newsletter, which will provide updated information and news about Blackpool Sixth. Please visit our website www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk  for regularly updated news and information. 

Please do not hesitate to contact any member of staff should you need to – we are all here to help.

Wishing you happiness and success during your time with us.

Jill Gray

Principal

Our mission and core values

Our mission: Inspiring learning, developing character, building futures

The core values listed below underpin everything we do as a college and as a community:

Respect – for ourselves, for others, for the rule of law, for the environment

Excellence and High Aspirations – striving to be the best we can be

Support – helping everyone to succeed

Inclusion – valuing everyone individually

Integrity – acting according to our values and promises

Global Citizenship – being active in improving our world and broadening horizons

Enthusiasm – learning because we love to learn, teaching because we love to teach

Important dates for 2019 – 2020

22nd & 23rd August  – Enrolment for new students

3rd September – Induction Day 1 for lower sixth (L6) and Route 3 students

4th September – Induction Day 2 for lower sixth and Route 3 students only

5th September – Induction Day 3 for lower sixth (L6) and Route 3 students

6th September – Normal timetable for all students

18th September – Welcome Evening for all parents/carers of new students

21st October to 1st November – Half term (college closed to students & public)

2nd to 6th December – Formal mock examination week (Upper Sixth and GCSE only)

19th December – Students finish for Christmas (college closed to all over Christmas) 

6th January – College opens for spring term

9th January – Parents/carers consultation evening for all students (surname A-K)

15th January  – Parents/carers consultation evening for all students (surname L-Z)

17th to 21st February – Half term (college closed to students & public)

25th February – Preparing for University Evening for upper sixth parents/carers

2nd to 6th March – Formal mock examination week (all examination based subjects)

18th March – Staff Learning and Development Day (no students in college)

18th March – Building Futures Evening for lower sixth parents/carers

3rd April – Students finish for Easter

20th April – College opens for summer term

8th May – May Day Bank Holiday

25th May – 29th May half term

1st June – Lower sixth students start 5 day timetable (no study days)

30th June  – Students finish for summer

Study programmes and entry requirements

All students will have a study programme which will include:

  • Main area of study (A Levels, Level 3 BTECs, Level 2 BTECs  or GCSEs, where appropriate).
  • Pastoral mentor Life Links session
  • Pastoral mentor 1:1 review meetings
  • Directed Study Time (DST)
  • Course enrichment, e.g. course-related visits and visiting speakers from higher education and industry
  • Enrichment, e.g. 6Xtra activities
  • Work experience, e.g employability skills development, employer talks, work placements or volunteering placements (NB: placements are essential for students progressing to routes other than higher education (HE), progressing to HE courses that require work placement and for students on the Route 3 programme) 
  • English and mathematics GCSE studies (where grade 4/C has not yet been achieved)

In addition, study programmes may also include:

  • Additional qualifications (e.g. Community Sports Leaders Award)
  • The Excellence Programme 
  • 6Advance 
Study Programme : Main area of study Entry Requirements

A Level Programme

3 or 4 A Level courses

In some cases a GCSE in English or maths as part of the programme.

Students require at least 2 GCSEs at grade 5 (B) and 3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) in 5 different academic GCSEs, in most cases including both maths and English. Some courses have specific requirements – see the prospectus or website for details.

BTEC Programme

BTEC Level 3 Triple or 

BTEC Level 3 Double plus single BTEC.

The programme may also include GCSE English/Maths, where required

Students generally require 5 GCSE passes of grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent), including at least one of English language* or maths. Some courses have specific requirements – see the prospectus or website for details.

Combined Programme

A combination of A level and BTEC courses adding up to the equivalent of three single courses.

As BTEC Programme requirements (above) plus meeting the subject entry requirements for the A level. Some courses have specific requirements – see the prospectus or website for details.

Route 3 Programme 

First year:

GCSE English and/or maths plus a choice of one of the following:

BTEC Level 2 Certificate (double) in either Creative Digital Media, Health and Social Care or

Public Services, or BTEC Level 2 Awards (2 singles) in Business plus IT.

If students have already passed GCSE English or maths at grade 4 (C), then they will take L2 Certificate in Financial Education as part of their programme instead.

Students who have already studied level 2 BTEC Business or IT at high school will study L2 Certificate in Financial Education instead.

Second and third years: study at level 3.

To join this programme students will need 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) (or equivalent). One of either English or maths needs to be a grade 3 (D) whilst the other needs to be no less than a grade 2.

*English literature at grade 4 (C) can be substituted for English language depending upon future HE / career aims, however college encourages a resit in English language where a grade 4 has not yet been attained.

Academic Support Tutorials (ASTs)

Each department is allocated time each week to provide extra support for students (mostly in A levels), called academic support tutorial (AST) time. ASTs will be provided to support students in a variety of ways, including revisiting previously taught material, developing study skills and working towards achieving high grades. Wherever possible, ASTs will take place within the core day, for example at lunchtime, but may also be scheduled to begin after session 6 or on a student’s study day.

Directed Study Time (DST)

Students should expect to spend at least four hours on independent study every week for each of their subjects. Directed Study Time (DST) gives students the opportunity to work independently towards achieving this during their core day at college to complete tasks set by their subject teachers and other members of staff. Students will be set DST tasks such as:

  • preparation work for future lessons 
  • wider reading
  • research tasks
  • peer assessment of a partner’s classwork
  • correcting mistakes from a ‘model’ answer written badly
  • devising concept maps to summarise their learning
  • completion of homework or assignments
  • coursework assignment work

Pastoral mentors will help students to make effective use of their independent study time.

Study day

The study day is designed to give students blocks of time for concentrated study. The study day is part of a student’s commitment to college and they must be ready to come into college if required to do so. 

Students are usually allowed to work at home, however, if they wish or if directed they can use the college’s study areas such as the FYi (learning resources centre and library) and other facilities on this day. 

Teachers will ask students to come into college for part or all of their study day if they think it necessary, for example to catch up on work or carry out a resit key assessment. Equally, teachers may require students to attend academic support tutorials (ASTs) on their study day. 

In addition, students should use the study day to gain work experience or participate in other work-related learning organised by the college. Therefore, students should not organise regular commitments that are not flexible on their study day (e.g. part time work). We see the study day as a vital part of the college week: it is definitely not a “day off”. 

From Monday 1st  June until Tuesday 30th June, lower sixth students will start the second year of their courses and the timetable will change to a 5 day week (no study day).

Communication with parents/carers

At Blackpool Sixth we recognise the commitment parents and carers make in supporting their daughter/son/ward’s learning, so we aim to work in partnership with parents/carers to ensure all students achieve their full potential. We keep parents/carers involved in  a variety of ways.

Email

Newsletters and progress reports will be sent to parents/carers via email. It is important that college is informed of any changes to email addresses by sending the details to enquiries@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk. Parents/carers are advised  to check email preferences to ensure emails from the college do not go directly into junk mail folders.  

Newsletter

Parents/carers will receive a newsletter in the autumn and spring terms which will provide updated information and news about college.

Website and social media

There is a wealth of information and news items available on our frequently updated website www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk  and on social media through the college’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Parent portal

The parent portal is an online tool giving parents/carers direct access to their daughter/son/ward’s up-to-date attendance and progress data. Information about how to access the parent portal will be provided to parents/carers who are named on the student enrolment form and have provided a personal email address. 

If the college has a valid email address for parents/carers then account details, including username and password, will be automatically sent by email in the early part of the autumn term.

Otherwise, an application to have access to the parent portal post enrolment can be made using the portal application form available from the college website https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/parents/parent-portal/.

Academic monitoring reports

Careful monitoring of student performance and the encouragement of students to achieve their full potential is central to the ethos of Blackpool Sixth. Teachers regularly assess the progress. Academic Monitoring Reports (AMRs) showing this progress will be sent to parents/carers in November, December, February, March and May. The reports will include latest progress grades in each subject. 

Other communication with parents/carers

Parents/carers are welcome to enquire at any time about their daughter/son/ward’s progress, or any other matter. Please either telephone college and ask to speak to

the student’s pastoral mentor or contact the member of staff directly via email.

Pastoral mentors, teachers or heads of department will get in touch with parents/carers from time to time, and particularly if there is any reason for concern about a student’s work, well-being, attendance or punctuality.

A member of the reception team may telephone parents/carers to seek information about any student who is absent without a valid explanation.

Students over 18 years of age are advised to inform their Pastoral Lead or the Head of Student Support if they do not wish college to contact their parents/carers.

Membership cards

Access to Blackpool Sixth is via a number of access controlled entrances operated by student membership cards. All staff and students must wear their membership card visibly on a Blackpool Sixth lanyard around their neck whilst on the college site, in lessons and examinations, when using college facilities or when taking part in college activities. This helps us to ensure the safety of all members of the college and to confirm that only recognised visitors are welcomed onto the site.

Students who forget to bring their membership card to college will be asked to report to Reception. They will be issued with a temporary membership sticker for the day. 

Students must pay a £2 fee for a replacement for a lost membership card and lanyard. Replacement cards can be obtained from the Student Finance Office.

We take the safety of our students very seriously and anyone persistently not visibly wearing a membership card will face disciplinary action. Students who persistently forget or lose their membership card will face disciplinary action and may be required to pay a £10 deposit for a replacement card and lanyard, the deposit is refundable once the membership card or lanyard is returned. 

The Blackpool Sixth day

Blackpool Sixth is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each weekday during term time.

Timetabled classes are generally arranged in sessions 1 to 6 but some activities, such as sport, enrichment activities and field trips take place outside these hours, and special arrangements are then made for students to have whatever access to Blackpool Sixth facilities they need.

Please note: each student receives a personalised timetable when they join Blackpool Sixth which can be viewed via the student portal. Parents can also view their daughter/son/ward’s timetable via the parent portal.

Reception

Reception is located on the ground floor of the main building and is staffed from 8:15am to 5:00pm on Monday to Thursday and 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Enquiries can be directed to reception in person, or by telephone, using the main Blackpool Sixth number 01253 394911.

Equality and diversity

Blackpool Sixth is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and study.  The college is opposed to all forms of discrimination inline with the Public Sector Equality Duty 2011 and as defined by the Equality Act 2010, whether direct, perceived, indirect or by association.  

The college seeks to ensure that no individual or group, because of their protected characteristic, faces discrimination, harassment or victimisation.  Protected characteristics refer to: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. 

Promoting, celebrating and valuing diversity and ensuring equality are at the heart of the college’s core values, and will benefit the college in all aspects of its members’ performance.  These encompass the British values of mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith, the rule of law, individual liberty and democracy.  

The college will take very seriously any instances of noncompliance to the college’s equality and diversity policy by staff, students or other members of the college community. All instances will be investigated and appropriate disciplinary action taken. Students should report any bullying or harassment to their pastoral mentor, a member of staff in whom they feel they can confide or a member of the Senior Leadership Team, who will take appropriate action. The policy is available on https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies/

Acceptable use of computers

We have outstanding IT facilities for students that are used inside and outside lesson time to support and enhance learning. Blackpool Sixth has a very clear Acceptable Use of Computers policy which each student agrees to the first time they log in to the student portal. Failure to comply with the policy could result in disciplinary action being taken. During induction lessons all students are given information, advice and guidance about responsible and safe use of IT and the internet.

The filtering of internet content provides an important means of preventing users from accessing material that is illegal or is inappropriate in an educational context.  No filtering system can guarantee 100% protection against access to unsuitable sites, therefore, members of the safeguarding team monitor safe internet usage daily using log file reports.

Attendance and punctuality

Regular and punctual attendance at lessons is crucial to the success of our students. We monitor attendance at all lessons and other timetabled activities using an electronic register system. Parents/carers will be informed if students show low attendance, declining attendance, a pattern of missing sessions without explanation or if they show poor punctuality. Poor attendance and punctuality could lead to disciplinary action in line with the attendance policy and the positive behaviour policy and disciplinary procedures. The policy is available on https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies/ 

Students are able to see their attendance on the student portal. Parents/carers can also view the up-to-date attendance records using the online parent portal (see the Blackpool Sixth website for further details).

Term time holidays or requests for special leave 

Blackpool Sixth expects students’ college work to take priority and other activities should be arranged outside of their college commitments. ​I​t is recognised that there​ may be very rare occasions​ ​where a student may require leave of absence from college due to extenuating circumstances. ​Please refer to the college’s​​ Special Leave Policy, available on https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies, for more information.

Absence procedures

At Blackpool Sixth we expect students to let their pastoral mentor and subject teachers know in advance if they are going to be absent from classes due to a scheduled appointment. 

For unforeseen absences, we expect students, or their parent/carer, on the first day of absence to email the student’s pastoral mentor or telephone 01253 394911 before 09.15am. Communication must include the student’s full name, a brief reason for absence and expected return date. Students should also email their subject teachers to get details of any work missed.

In normal circumstances during a period of absence we expect students to maintain daily email contact with their pastoral mentor and subject teachers to ensure the student is able to maintain learning. If the student or parent/carer does not maintain contact, they can expect to receive a phone call from the college.

Authorised absences – if Blackpool Sixth is notified in advance

  • A hospital appointment (appointment card or appointment letter must be presented to pastoral mentor).
  • An orthodontist appointment (appointment card or appointment letter must be presented to pastoral mentor).
  • A visit to a university to attend an open day/interview, a career-related interview or audition (an appointment letter must be presented to the pastoral mentor).
  • Attendance at court or an appointment with a legal adviser (an appointment letter must be presented to the pastoral mentor).
  • Practical driving test (an appointment letter must be presented to the pastoral mentor).

Note: Routine medical appointments (e.g. doctor, optician, physiotherapist and dental appointments) should be made outside timetabled sessions and are not considered as authorised absences.

Authorised unforeseen absences

  • An emergency family situation (a letter from the parent/carer should be submitted to the student’s pastoral mentor).
  • Transport problems with no alternative solution (inform reception on arrival at Blackpool Sixth).

Examples of unacceptable reasons for absence

  • Holidays in term time.
  • Part or full-time work that is not part of the student’s programme of study
  • Routine medical appointments that can be arranged outside of college commitments
  • Birthdays or similar celebrations
  • Babysitting younger siblings
  • Driving lessons
  • Driving Theory Test 

Whatever the reason for absence, it is the student’s responsibility to complete work missed as quickly as possible. Staff will support individuals following a period of absence to help students get back on track. However, if students do not take active steps to catch up on missed work, they may face disciplinary action.

Students who feel unwell whilst in college should report to The Link or the Focus Centre where they will be asked to sit quietly whilst members of staff contact parent(s)/carer(s) to decide whether or not it is appropriate to let them go home. If symptoms persist and students are permitted leave, they will be marked absent for any sessions missed. Students who go home ill without reporting to The Link or the Focus Centre will be marked as an unknown absence and may face disciplinary action.  

Student illness, unless supported by a doctor’s note, will be classed as an unauthorised absence. The student attendance policy is available on https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies/.

Long-term sickness

The college will make reasonable adjustments to support a student to maintain learning during periods of long-term sickness or medical conditions through the Fitness to Study procedures (see https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies/ for further details about Fitness to Study.

Safeguarding and confidentiality

Blackpool Sixth is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students, staff and visitors. All staff will be carefully selected using recruitment and selection procedures designed to emphasise our commitment to safeguarding. All posts, including volunteers, are subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Blackpool Sixth actively promotes health awareness amongst students. Each member of the college community has an individual responsibility for health and safety. We have trained first aiders on site at all times and access to a first aid room. 

Blackpool Sixth staff cannot offer absolute confidentiality to students. There are clear situations when it is essential that staff share information with external agencies such as social services or the police, for instance when there is suspicion or evidence that a student is in danger of being harmed or abused. 

A student can talk to their pastoral mentor or any member of staff if they have any concerns about their safety/wellbeing or the safety/wellbeing of others.

If anybody else has any concerns about any safeguarding issues, please speak with or contact any member of staff. Alternatively, email safeguarding.alert@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk. The safeguarding and child protection policy is available in the downloads section of the college website.

Any students who are now, or ever have been, in care/looked after, or students who are living independently, should speak to a member of staff in the Focus Centre or the Student Finance Office, who will offer practical support and advice. There may also be additional financial support for students in this position. The safeguarding and child protection policy is available on https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies/

Change of circumstances

It is important that all our records are fully up to date. Students must inform their pastoral mentor of any change in personal circumstances, for example home address, email address or telephone number. Students can also advise of change of details via the Student Portal.

Safety and first aid

Blackpool Sixth is a very safe and secure learning environment. In the unlikely event that students have an accident (or a near miss) at Blackpool Sixth, they should report it to the member of staff in charge or to reception. If necessary a First Aider will be contacted.

Students who are feeling unwell may seek assistance from any member of staff or from The Link or the Focus Centre. A first aider will be called to attend to them if necessary. Parents/carers will be contacted if a student is too ill to remain in college. In this situation we expect parents/carers to make appropriate arrangements to transport the student home safely or to meet the student at the hospital if a first aider has decided that further medical treatment is needed.

Pastoral care 

All students are allocated a pastoral mentor who will offer support and guidance throughout their time at Blackpool Sixth. Parents/carers will receive a welcome email from their daughter/son/ward’s pastoral mentor early in September.

Pastoral mentors will help students to settle into college quickly, monitor their academic progress and look after their well-being. The pastoral mentor is central to everything students do and is the first line of support for them whilst at college.

Every student is a member of a pastoral mentor group. Pastoral mentors deliver a tutorial programme, Life Links, that is an integral part of students’ learning and development. It supports them to succeed on their programmes of study, prepare for adulthood and progress into higher education or employment with training. 

The Life Links programme aims to develop students’ ability to monitor and improve their own academic progress, to research and plan for moving on after college, to develop essential life skills and to promote healthy and safe lifestyle choices. It also helps students to acquire a greater awareness of social and economic-related issues.

Students will meet with their pastoral mentor at least once a week as part of a group and also have regular individual review meetings to discuss their progress and agree specific targets for improvement.

Additional support for students

Blackpool Sixth provides support for students who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. We support students with a variety of needs, relating to mobility and wheelchair access, visual or hearing impairment, dyslexia, dyspraxia, communication needs and medical conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy. 

All students are given an initial literacy assessment during induction. This, together with other information (for example from the family or school), helps us to identify students who would benefit from additional support.

The Additional Learning Support (ALS) team are based in the Focus Centre at college and students are welcome to speak to a member of the team if they have any concerns. If a parent/carer feels that support may be needed at Blackpool Sixth, please contact the ALS team on 01253 394911, or email learning.alert@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk.

Minimum Target Grades (MTG)

Students are given a Minimum Target Grade (MTG) at the start of their course.  The MTG is based on the student’s average achievement at level 2 at school. It is the minimum acceptable grade that should be achieved at level 3 (A level and BTEC level 3). The MTG is used to monitor the progress of individual students and is based on a methodology that is widely used in the sixth form sector.

The aspiration for students should be to exceed their MTG. We refer to MTGs in Academic Monitoring Reports which are sent to parents/carers in November, December, February, March and May. Either side of these dates each student’s performance is regularly monitored and, where progress appears to be falling below minimum expectations, students may be directed to attend academic support tutorials (ASTs) and receive extra support from their teachers, pastoral mentor or member of the additional learning support team.

Changing a subject

Students are expected to show a commitment to their studies and continue with each of their chosen courses for the entire academic year. Occasionally, students may find they have made an unsuitable choice for a variety of reasons. In such circumstances it may be possible to arrange a change of subject from Monday 9th September to Friday 18th October.

Any student who has concerns about their programme of study course choices should speak to their pastoral mentor.

External and mock examinations

External examinations

A Levels

  • For the majority of A Level subjects, students will be required to sit external examinations during May and June of their final year of study. 
  • Art, textiles, photography, graphics and fine art practical examinations take place between March and May of the final year of study.
  • Modern foreign language oral examinations also take place between March and May of the final year of study.

GCSEs

  • Students who continue to study towards GCSE English and mathematics qualifications will sit external examinations in the November exam window or the summer exam season depending on progress.

Level 2 and Level 3 BTECs

  • A small number of BTEC qualifications incorporate an external examination element. The relevant department will choose the exam window which best fits their teaching schedule.

Students are provided with individual examination timetables by email in advance of the relevant exam season. Students and parents are also able to view exam timetables on both the student and parent portals.

If a student has more than one examination externally timetabled at the same time, the examinations team will arrange for them to be taken at an alternative time on the same day and advise the student of the new exam start times. This is likely to mean a student has to remain supervised and in isolation during the day and will be advised to bring food and drink for lunch periods spent under supervision. Students will be individually notified if they are affected.

Electronic communication/storage devices including mobile phones are not permitted in examination venues and disqualification is a risk if a student is found to be in possession of unauthorised items or materials. Students are also required to remove their watches prior to entering the examination rooms. Both analogue and digital clocks are provided in the examination room.

For both external and internal examination days, students must wear their membership card in order to enter examination venues. Students are also expected to attend examinations with appropriate resources such as black pens, pencils, rulers and calculators if appropriate, as the college does not routinely provide this equipment. The resources required are listed on individual examination timetables issued to students prior to the examination events.

Mock examinations and formal assessments

A level students will sit mock examinations in both years of study. Students will sit mock examinations once in the Spring term of their first year and twice in their second year, firstly in the Autumn term and again in the Spring term. Students studying GCSE English and mathematics will also sit mock examinations twice a year during the Autumn and Spring terms. The mock examinations are organised and delivered to a high level of rigor to mirror the summer external exam season. Students will have only one opportunity to sit mock exams during each mock event and an “X” grade will be used for any students who are absent from mock examinations.  The aim is to provide students with a realistic experience of sitting exams to help them and their teachers to assess progress and plan improvements.

Examination study leave

Short periods of study leave are allocated to offer students the opportunity to prepare for external examinations. Study leave consists of one half day immediately prior to each examination, except in the case of a Monday morning exam. Study leave is not allocated for practical examinations.

Examination certificates and BTEC coursework

The rising costs of postage have made it prohibitive for Blackpool Sixth to post examination certificates to students at the end of their studies. Students are requested to collect

their certificates in the autumn term, usually towards the end of November after they have completed their programme of study at Blackpool Sixth. Email reminders are sent but the college can only retain the certificates for a limited period before returning them to awarding bodies. It is important to inform the college of changes to personal contact details so as students can be informed of when certificates are available for collection. 

Overseas students can make a payment for certificates to be sent by recorded delivery to their home address once they are available. The Examinations Office, contacted via email on exams@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk, can provide further information on request.

BTEC coursework will be retained in college when a programme of study is complete and cannot be released to students until late November after certification. Any coursework that has not been collected by the end of the following January will be destroyed appropriately.

Examination and non-examination assessment appeals

Coursework marks

Students will be informed of their coursework marks prior to them being submitted to the awarding bodies. Whilst the college is very confident in the robustness of its internal marking processes, it fulfils its duty to provide access to an appeals process. This internal service attracts a financial cost of £50 per appeal. More detailed information is available on request from the Examinations Office.

Post Results Services

Awarding Bodies provide students with opportunities to submit applications for enquiries about results (clerical checks and reviews of marking)  and access to scripts (photocopies or originals). These external services are available for a short period from results release and attract a financial cost. More detailed information is available from the Examinations Office.

Route 3 programme and progression to lower sixth 

Students studying on the Route 3 programme will need to demonstrate satisfactory attendance and commitment during their first year at college, and should meet the entry requirements for the level 3 courses that they have applied for, or at least have passed the courses on their Route 3 programme, in order to progress to lower sixth. 

FYi – The learning resource centre

FYi (For Your Information) is the name given to our fully equipped Learning Resource Centre. The state-of-the-art facilities have been carefully designed to aid students’ learning.  The FYi is a quiet place for students to study with an extensive range of resources for their use in a modern and comfortable environment. There are thousands of books, a wide range of magazines and DVDs, over 120 open access Apple Mac computers, laptops, and the centre also provides access to university-style databases for both students and staff.

FYi Study Advisors support students’ learning by helping them to find and use information so they become independent learners ready for life after college.  They can also assist with developing study skills throughout the year covering areas like organisation, exam techniques, time management, revisions skills and stress busting.  This service is designed to enhance the support given by the pastoral mentors as part of the tutorial curriculum, Life Links.

Please note that food and drink are not permitted in the FYi with the exception of bottled water. We also ask students to make or receive mobile phone calls outside the centre.

The FYi is open each day between 8.00am and 5.00pm during term time and 8.30am to 4.30pm during the Easter holidays and May half term. 

Student Services, financial support and transport support

There is a wide range of student services available tailored to meet individual need. Friendly, supportive and dedicated staff are available from 8.30am to 4.30pm each day to offer information, advice and guidance on any issue that is causing concern to students. Student Services offers the following guidance and support:

  • Welfare issues – contact the student’s pastoral mentor or a member of the additional learning support team
  • Counselling – email counselling.alert@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk
  • Careers education, information, advice and guidance – the Futures Team in the FYi
  • Enterprise and employment advice – the Futures Team in the FYi
  • Sport and enrichment – in the Brock building (first floor)
  • Work experience – The Futures Team in the FYi
  • Safeguarding/welfare concerns – talk to the student’s pastoral mentor or any member of staff

Further details about how to access the support available will be given to students during their first few weeks at college.

Financial Support 

If you choose to study at Blackpool Sixth, we will do everything possible to support you. There are 4 parts to the financial support available to students:

1) Bursary A

Those most in need will be eligible for Bursary A of up to the equivalent of £1,200 a year available as college credit*, a travel pass** plus free meals. You will be eligible for this bursary if you are:

in care or a care leaver

a young person receiving income support (e.g. young parents, young people living independently, young people who are registered as disabled)

or a young person receiving both Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment and Employment Support Allowance

2) Bursary B

To be eligible for Bursary B of up to the equivalent of £600 per year available as college credit*, a travel pass** plus free meals, your parent(s)/carer(s) must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

Income Support

Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

The guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit✝), as assessed by HMRC

Universal Credit with annual net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400

Students whose parent(s)/carer(s) are entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 will not be entitled to Bursary B but may be eligible for a Bursary C (see below).

3) Bursary C 

You will be eligible for Bursary C of up to the equivalent of £600 per year available as college credit* and a travel pass**, if your parent(s)/carer(s) receive Working Tax Credit, with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190. Or if they receive Universal Credit with net earnings less than £14,280 per annum.

*You can choose to allocate this bursary credit to your catering account for meals, general college account to spend in Student Finance or in the college shop for stationary/course materials or split it equally between both. You will select which option on the bursary application form.

**For details of travel passes please see the transport support section below. Bursary students will receive a travel pass of their choice as part of their bursary.

4) Access Fund

The purpose of the Access Fund is to financially support students who are experiencing short-term difficulty in meeting the costs associated with their learning.

The fund is used primarily to provide support towards:

  • travel
  • course costs/materials/textbooks/essential trips
  • general financial hardship

Any student experiencing financial hardship is entitled to apply for financial support. There will be an assessment undertaken to ensure that support is provided to those most in need. Blackpool Sixth will ensure that financial support is implemented in the fairest possible way, to the maximum possible benefit of students who need financial support in order to succeed in their studies.

See the college website for more information about the financial support or contact a member of staff in the Student Finance Office on 01253 394911.

Transport support

Blackpool Sixth recognises that the cost of transport is a major concern for some young people and their families. 

Our subsidised transport scheme not only helps with transport costs to and from college but also provides unlimited travel throughout the day, including evenings and weekends. We provide a significantly subsidised transport scheme for all students who choose to purchase a bus pass through college:

TRANSPORT PROVIDER  SUBSIDISED PRICE 
Blackpool Transport Smart Card

  • valid  7 days a week & during holidays
  • receive July & August travel for free

Covers the following areas:

Blackpool, Fleetwood, Thornton-Cleveleys, Bispham, Over Wyre & Lytham St. Annes

One payment of £360 (includes 10% discount for full payment upfront) 

or

10 x monthly instalments of £40 

Stagecoach

 

  • valid  7 days a week & during holidays 
  • receive July & August travel for free

Covers the following areas: Lancaster, Garstang, and Preston

One payment of £360 (includes 10% discount for full payment upfront) 

or

10 x monthly instalments of £40 

Blackpool Sixth College Bus

  • services run twice a day (once in the morning to college and once in reverse after college finishes)

Lytham bus covers the following area: Lytham St. Annes

Kirkham bus covers the following areas: Freckleton, Warton, Wrea Green, Kirkham, Wesham, Elswick and Great Eccleston

Deposit of £20 to be paid at collection of the college bus pass and refunded at the end of the academic year

 

These are current prices and any changes would be minor reflecting increases from the transport companies. 

Train: Students travelling to college by train are entitled to a 40% refund off their daily train fare by presenting their train ticket at the Student Finance office in college.

Cycling to college: College provide free to use, covered, secure shelters for those students who chose to travel to college by bicycle. The code for the bicycle shelter can be accessed at reception.

Car parking: Free parking is available to staff, students and visitors. The college has three car parks available on a first come, first served basis and all vehicles that park on the college car parks must display a valid parking permit. College also has a provision for those with a blue badge or other special requirements.

Lockers

A limited number of lockers are available for a hiring fee of £10 for one year plus a £10 deposit, which is refundable on return of the locker key. Combination locks are issued at the Student Finance Office.

Careers education, information, advice and guidance

The tutorial programme provides all students with careers advice and guidance. Students also have access to our level 6 qualified careers advisors for one to one meetings.

Separate careers events, visits and guest speakers are organised at appropriate times of the year. These events offer students the opportunity to meet university representatives as well as training providers and local and national employers.

Individual advice and guidance on choosing career paths, apprenticeships, employment with training and higher education/university courses is available from our Futures Team, situated in the FYi.

Students can also access support with applications, CV preparation and mock interviews from local employers as well as college staff.

Work experience placements

A work experience placement gives students an insight into their chosen career and the experience needed to improve their chances of making successful job or university applications in the future.

All students with a career intention of an apprenticeship, employment with training or taking any alternative route to Higher Education, and those on the Route 3 programme must organise, undertake and evaluate a work placement as an integral part of their study programme. This requirement for work placement also applies to students aiming to progress to a particular higher education course or profession that requires work placement.

Students are encouraged to arrange their own placements but they need to contact the Work Placement Officer before starting their placement to ensure that all essential health and safety arrangements have been made. Parents/carers will be required to sign a consent form.

The Work Placement Officer, can offer assistance to source a suitable placement and students can book an appointment to discuss their particular needs.

The Excellence Programme

The Excellence Programme has been designed to support the achievement and progression of the highest performing students.  Entry to the programme is based on an average GCSE score of 7.0 or above and will be automatically determined at enrolment.  The programme consists of three main elements, which are:

  • 6Advance – a range of specialist academies that help students to develop essential skills and knowledge for competitive careers and university courses, including medicine and maths (see below);
  • EPQ – the Extended Project Qualification is a formal qualification formed of a large-scale independent research project on a topic chosen individually by students, leading to a dissertation and presentation.  Entry onto EPQ is by application;
  • Preparation for prestigious universities – all Excellence Programme students will receive support in the application process to highly selective universities.  Students will take part in application workshops, guest lectures and university visits, as well as having the chance to take part in the Cambridge HE+ programme

Excellence programme enrichment (6Advance)

As part of our study programme, we offer students the opportunity to enrich their studies through a range of academies, clubs and societies, including the science academy, medical club, debating society, etc. Please see https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/excellence/ for more details.

Entry to each of the 6Advance academies, clubs and societies is selective and will be based on an application made early in the autumn term.  The academies then run for the rest of the year (with a break for the summer exams). Pastoral mentors will give further details during induction.

Enrichment programme (6Xtra)

As part of Blackpool Sixth’s commitment to developing and broadening students’ skills and enjoyment of college life, we offer a varied programme of additional activities to enrich their studies, including sports, work placement, mentoring, leadership, volunteering, etc. Please see the college website or the student’s pastoral mentor for more details.

All students are encouraged to take part in some enrichment whilst at college. Most activities are free and open to any student. Some enrichment may take place during pastoral mentor (Life Links) sessions. There will also be sports teams, academies and many clubs and societies to choose from. It’s a great way to enhance your job or university applications, as well as being a fun way to spend time with friends.

Some enrichment activities take place off college premises. Transport will usually be provided.

Pastoral mentors will give further details during induction.

The college environment

Students have the benefit of first-class, specialist sixth form accommodation and facilities. We expect students to take care of their college and local environment. In particular, we ask students to observe restrictions regarding consumption of food and drink on carpeted areas and to place all litter in the appropriate bins provided.

The courtyard and other outside areas are available for students to relax and socialise. Any other activities taking place in the outside areas, such as ball games or large group activities, must be approved and risk assessed in advance by a member of staff.

Bicycles, motorcycles and cars

Blackpool Sixth actively promotes sustainable travel alternatives, specifically public transport and cycling. The college is well served by public transport with bus stops directly outside college. The Layton train station is a 15 minute walk away.

Students are encouraged to use bicycles as a means of transport to and from college. Covered, secure cycle racks are available at the rear of the site. A coded (number available from the Estates office C006) lock secures the racks. Students are responsible for leaving bicycles securely locked and for their legal roadworthiness. Students are strongly advised to insure them and to register them with the police.

For motorcyclists, 2 motorcycle bays are available. Motorcyclists must follow the same procedure for car drivers and register for a permit via the induction process.

Limited car parking is available for students (around 150 spaces). To limit congestion and to reduce the impact on our neighbours, students are encouraged to use alternative transport.

For students wishing to drive to college, the college operates a permit scheme for parking and all vehicles must be registered with permits displayed at all times.

To register for a permit, students must first undertake a short driver induction course which is available to book from the Estates Office (C006). 

No parking is available to students before the induction takes place. Failure to comply may result in students having a permit request revoked. 

Please Note: The process takes around a week so students are advised to allow adequate time to complete an induction.

The induction includes a short presentation on college rules and driver awareness. Students will need the following documents at this meeting to obtain their permit:

  • Insurance
  • MOT
  • Pass certificate / Driving licence 

Please note: the college cannot accept responsibility for the theft, loss or damage of any bicycle, motorcycle or vehicle brought on to campus.

Catering facilities

High quality meals and snacks are available from Cafe+, Café Six, Relish and Starbucks throughout the college day. There are also a number of coin operated vending machines around campus. All meals are freshly cooked on campus and are competitively priced. 

Blackpool Sixth is committed to promoting healthy eating so a range of healthy, vegetarian and vegan options are available from all outlets. Special dietary requirements can be catered for if notice is given. Allergen information is available at each outlet.

Students can pay by cash, card or online. Students wishing to pay online can register for an online account at any time. 

Please note that all catering areas adopt a self-clear system and students are asked to clear away all their trays and packages as they leave.

Illegal substances, smoking and consumption of alcohol

We encourage all staff and students to make healthy lifestyle choices. It is illegal to smoke in college buildings and on the college site. Smoking is only permitted in the designated

smoking area by the main entrance. Students are requested not to smoke at the front of the college.

The use of nicotine by young people is unsafe, it can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain – there are no benefits to young people in using e-cigarettes.  There is concern that e-cigarettes are seen as ‘safe’ but this is not the case, while the health risks of e-cigarettes are significantly lower than cigarettes they are not without risk. In view of this, the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted in college buildings nor on the college site, except in the designated smoking area.

For smokers who want to quit, you are advised to get expert help from your local stop smoking service, Smokefree Blackpool (telephone free on 0300 123 1044). This gives you the best chance of quitting smoking for good.

Any students found consuming alcohol, or under the influence of alcohol, whilst at college will be subject to immediate suspension until the circumstances have been fully investigated. Parents/carers will be informed in accordance with the college’s disciplinary procedures.

Any student found in possession of, or dealing in, illegal substances will be suspended pending an investigation, as a result of which the student’s place at college may be

withdrawn. The substance misuse policy is available on https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies/

Dress to college

Blackpool Sixth is a community of staff and students who work and study together within an atmosphere of mutual respect. Students are free to dress as they please but they should fit in with the college’s high standards and expectations.

In line with our core value of respect, students who wear clothing which could cause offence to others (e.g. clothes that are too revealing or display offensive slogans or images) will be asked to cover the item of clothing up or will be sent home to change.

For security purposes, it is important that all members of the college are clearly identifiable. Blackpool Sixth, therefore, requires all staff and students to keep their faces uncovered and to wear their membership card while on the premises and while representing college offsite.

Compliments, concerns and complaints

We want all students to be very happy at Blackpool Sixth; it is a very pleasant and friendly environment in which to learn. If you have a concern or complaint then please follow the procedure below. Please do not to use social media to air a grievance as this does not give us an opportunity to respond.

A concern or complaint should be raised in the first instance with the person or area concerned as soon as possible and not later than within five working days of the incident. This may be a student’s teacher or other member of staff. The member of staff dealing with a concern or complaint will make every reasonable effort to resolve it promptly at local level as soon as possible or at least within five working days.

If the concern or complaint cannot be resolved, a formal complaint in writing should be made to the Deputy Principal. The college will respond within two working days to indicate that an investigation is being undertaken and aim to conclude an investigation and respond within ten working days of receiving a formal complaint.

Compliments may be received verbally or in writing and may be received directly by the individual in receipt of the praise or by a direct line manager. College staff will seek to share compliments in a genuine and generous manner.

The college’s compliments, concerns and complaints policy is available on https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies/

Disciplinary procedures

Blackpool Sixth expects all members of the college to:

  • act according to the core values and expectations (see the Blackpool Sixth Expects document)
  • be challenged if students or staff fail to meet the core values and expectations

Repeated failure to meet the values and expectations or serious breaches may result in disciplinary action. Disciplinary action is occasionally necessary in cases of poor attendance at lessons, failure to complete and submit work, failure to meet coursework deadlines, inappropriate behaviour etc. The aim of the disciplinary process is to help students to improve their performance and prepare for the world of work.

Staff will always aim to resolve any concerns at an early stage, informally, through early intervention and support. However, there are times when formal disciplinary action will be necessary.  Normally the disciplinary action will be escalated in the order set out below. 

  • First Formal warning
  • Second formal warning
  • Final warning
  • Permanent exclusion

Some offences are severe enough to move directly to a final warning or in serious cases to permanent exclusion. The full positive behaviour policy and disciplinary procedures are available on https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies/

Other policies operated by the Directors (Governing Body)

In compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Blackpool Sixth issues a publication scheme. The scheme is a document where we declare which pieces of college-related information we publish or intend to publish in due course. This is available on https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/policies/

Charges to students for college activities

The following is the Statement of the Charging and Remissions Policy of the Governing Body of The Blackpool Sixth Form College as detailed in the financial procedures of the college.

The Directors, the Principal and the staff believe that the education of our students is much enhanced by the many opportunities which are offered for activities and excursions out of college, although they may not always be an essential part of any course. The Directors are most grateful to the staff who organise such activities and recognise that appropriate charges to students who choose to participate must be made. 

Charges must also be made for certain aspects of some subject courses, so that the level of government funding does not limit opportunities for students. Although the Directors believe that parents/carers will support this policy, they must draw parents/carers’ attention to these details to avoid misunderstandings.

Students eligible for a bursary may be able to use their bursary credits to pay for some of the charges.

Students experiencing financial hardship may be able to claim funding from the Access Fund to cover some of the charges listed below. Further details and application forms for support from the Access Fund are available from the Student Finance Office.

Membership card

Students are issued with a free membership card and lanyard at the start of term. Students must pay a £2 fee for a replacement for a lost membership card and lanyard. Students who persistently forget or lose their membership card may be required to pay a £10 deposit for a replacement card and lanyard, the deposit is refundable once the membership card or lanyard has been returned. 

Files, paper and pens

Students are expected to provide their own stationery. Paper, pens, files etc. can be purchased from the Blackpool Sixth print room/shop (Refill) located in the Brock building.

Printing and photocopying

Photocopying is available in the print room/shop (Refill) at a cost of 5p per A4 side and 10p per A3 side. Colour photocopying is available at a cost of 20p per A4 and 40p per A3 side. Scan to email is also available at no charge.

All students will receive a computer printing quota worth £30, allocated in termly instalments of £10. Printing will be charged at 3p per sheet for black and white A4 printing, 5p for double- sided A4 printing, 20p per side for A4 colour laser printouts and 40p per side for A3 colour laser printing. Students who use up their entire quota, in any one term, will need to buy extra credit – printing credits can be purchased at the FYi counter or from Refill.

Students taking designated art subjects (graphics, photography or BTEC fashion or art) that require significant amounts of colour printing, will receive an additional allowance at key points in the year where coursework demands are high.

Please note that these limits are imposed as part of our sustainability policy to help reduce our carbon footprint.

The allowance is calculated to cover the typical demands of coursework, homework and other course-imposed printing. It may be that students taking specific combinations of subjects exceed this allowance. In such instances, students may need to buy additional credit or make an application for support from the Access Fund.

Students are able to make use of services in the print room, which is known as Refill.  Here, high quality photo printing is available, along with while-you-wait photocopying so that students and staff are able to have their smaller copying and print jobs completed whilst they wait at the desk.

The cost for glossy printing is £2 for A3 glossy and matte photo prints, £1 for A4 glossy, matte, acetate and transfer paper photo prints, 40p for glossy prints and 30p for 6×4 glossy prints.

Glossy printing facilities are available in the Visual Arts department.

Refill also offers a stationery shop where students are able to purchase any stationery that they may require for their studies.  Art, textiles and media supplies are also available as well as a laminating and binding service for final coursework. Refill offers very low cost quality items and is usually a far cheaper alternative to purchasing stationery and other supplies elsewhere.

Refill is open 5 days a week from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Enrichment activities (6Xtra/6Advance)

Some of these activities involve external commercial organisations and so a charge has to be made to students. Such charges are clearly publicised in advance and there are always other, non-chargeable options available at every stage of the year.

Educational visits

Several departments organise excursions out of college to supplement and enhance the teaching and learning carried out in the subject. The cost of travel is shared equally by all participating students and is often subsidised. Most of these visits do not involve overnight accommodation, but, for those residential visits that do, an additional charge is made to students for this.

Students who have difficulty in meeting the expense incurred for essential educational visits should talk to a member of staff in the Student Finance Office.

Theatre visits

Visits to theatres are organised regularly. These are usually evening performances and participation is open to all students. In the case of productions of set texts, students studying these are strongly advised to attend. Participating students pay the cost of their theatre seats, generally at a discounted rate, and an equal share in the cost of travel.

FYi (Learning Resource Centre)

Books can be renewed twice before they must be returned. Failure to return books on time will mean subsequent borrowing of resources (e.g. laptops, books, DVDs), will not be allowed until all the books are returned.

Application fees for higher education (UCAS)

UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) makes a charge for participation in the scheme and the student pays this at the time of application. The cost is £20 for an application to a single course and £25 for multiple applications of up to 5 courses.

Interviews and open days for higher education and employment

In the case of visits to Open Days which are specifically organised by college, all participating students share the cost of the travel equally and this may be subsidised. Students who choose to attend other Open Days or interviews under their own arrangements must meet all the expenses involved.

Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS, formerly CRB Check)

Students undertaking work placement with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44.

Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to the Work Placement Officer.  Students facing financial hardship may apply for funding from the Access Fund to help with the cost of this.

College property

Students will be charged for any loss or damage caused, whether deliberately or accidentally, to any textbook, iPad or other equipment /property belonging to Blackpool Sixth or to the fabric of the building itself. The amount levied will be either the full cost of replacement or repair, current at the time of the incident, or an appropriate amount, at the discretion of the Vice Principal (Resources).

Wilful damage to Blackpool Sixth property would be deemed gross misconduct and may result in permanent exclusion and, if appropriate, a formal prosecution.

Financial contributions for specific subjects

The following summary gives students advance warning of the required materials and resources for specific subjects.

In some cases, students may be recommended to purchase a textbook, iPad or other device for personal use. However, loan copies will be made available for students to use in lessons if needed.

Students experiencing financial hardship may be able to claim funding from the Access Fund to cover some of the costs listed below. Further details and application forms are available from the Student Finance Office.

Technology for learning programme

Blackpool Sixth is a technology ready college, meaning all students are invited to make the best use of technology in their classes. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to class and use it when their teachers feel it is appropriate for their learning. We do not consider a mobile phone a suitable device for producing work.

Some subjects are part of our technology for learning scheme – these subjects make particular use of digital resources and technology within teaching and learners enrolling on one of these courses are asked to supply a device to best access their learning. 

We have a pool of devices which can be loaned from college. These are not branded visually as ‘loan’ machines and students can use them as they would use their own device for the duration of the loan. The cost of loaning a device equates to approximately £4 per month/£50 per year. 

Full details of technology for learning at Blackpool Sixth and the subjects involved can be found at: https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/tfl

Business Studies and IT

BTEC Business

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

Students wishing to purchase a textbook should seek advice from teachers.

NOTE: It is not advisable to purchase books until the course has started, as it is likely that more up-to-date books will be published in the summer.

Business studies, computer science, economics and BTEC IT 

Students wishing to purchase a textbook should seek advice from teachers.

NOTE: It is not advisable to purchase books until the course has started, as it is likely that more up-to-date books will be published in the summer.

Financial studies

Students will be given a textbook covering the contents of the course at the start of the year.

English and Modern Foreign Languages

English literature and English language

These subjects have been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

English literature 

Students are required to purchase their own texts. The examination board required texts are:

  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte: Penguin Classics
  • Carol Ann Duffy’s “Mean Time”: Picador
  • Philip Larkin’s ‘The Whitsun Weddings’: Faber  
  • Shakespeare’s The Tempest: we recommend the Oxford School Shakespeare edition
  • Selected poems: John Donne. Penguin Classics

English language 

Students may wish to purchase the official AQA textbook for English language “The AQA English Language Student Book”, Cambridge University Press. There is also a supplementary textbook, ‘AQA English  Language’, Oxford University Press.

French, Spanish and German

All students are required to pay approximately £15 for the relevant Kerboodle resources.

Year one modern foreign language (MFL) students are recommended to purchase the official AQA Grammar Workbook for £5.99 and AQA A-level Revision and Practice Workbook for £8.99.

In their second year, all second year MFL students are required to purchase a novel for their chosen language.

Also, MFL students may have the opportunity to participate in an overseas trip. This is not a compulsory part of the course and will be dependent on numbers.

Humanities

Geography

Students may wish to purchase their own course textbook for the A level course “Edexcel A Level Geography Book 1” ISBN-9781471856549 at an approximate cost of £25. However, a range of electronic and paper based resources will be provided.  Students will have an opportunity to undertake fieldwork at a local level.

History (Modern)

Students may wish to purchase their own course textbooks for the A level course: “The Cold War 1945 – 1991” (Oxford AQA History)  ISBN 978-0-19-835461 – 1 and “AQA Tudors” textbook ISBN 978-1-4718 -3758-6. Each textbook is approximately £20 – £25. However, copies of these will be made available in class.

Students may also wish to purchase the Hodder revision guides for each examined module at a cost of £10 each.

Ancient History (Classical Civilisation)

The course offers the opportunity to participate in a number of optional trips, including:

  • Chester Amphitheatre study visit £15,
  • the UCLan archaeology day £5,
  • the Lowry theatre trip £15,
  • Liverpool University Egyptology day £10
  • Visit to Athens and Delphi at an approx. cost of £550.
  • Visit to Rome and Pompeii at an approx. cost of £700.

It is recommended that students purchase specified texts: further guidance will be given by teachers at the start of the course. The cost of these texts will be approximately £30 to cover both years.  Copies will be available for use in class. For each module a course booklet will require printing.

Law

Textbooks can be purchased for £25.99 each: OCR AS/A Level Law Book 1, by Jacqueline Martin and Nicholas Price, and OCR A Level Law Book 2, by Jacqueline Martin, Nicholas Price and Richard Wortley. Purchase of these textbooks is entirely optional and full notes are accessible via Google Drive. In addition, there is an opportunity to take part in an overnight trip to London at an approximate cost of £120.

Religion, ethics and philosophy

No purchases are required for this course. Some students may wish to purchase a textbook; details will be provided by teachers. Class copies are available for use in the lessons. However, students are required to print the course booklets of which there are 3 in total. 

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics students must have a scientific calculator with access to Binomial Tables. The recommended calculator is the CASIO Classwiz FX-991EX which costs approximately £20 – £25.  

Further Mathematics

Students must have a scientific calculator with access to Binomial Tables. The minimum calculator is the CASIO Classwiz FX-991EX which costs approximately £20 – £25. If students are looking at studying maths at higher education, a CASIO FX-CG50 would be preferable but not essential which costs just under £100. It aids with a few A level units and will be suitable for any maths-rich degree.  

Statistics

Statistics students must have a CASIO graphical calculator FX-9750Gii for the course – approximately £50

GCSE Mathematics

GCSE students must have a calculator for every lesson, the recommended calculator is a CASIO FX-83GT plus  this is available from Blackpool Sixth print room/shop (Refill) for approximately £6. CASIO are discontinuing this model so the CASIO FX-83GTX is the replacement required.

Performing Arts, Music and Media

BTEC Dance and BTEC Performing Arts and BTEC Musical Theatre 

It is compulsory for all students to purchase appropriate black clothing and footwear for taking part in practical work.  

BTEC Dance

In line with professional standards, female students are required to wear black leotard and footless leggings / tights, male students are required to wear black fitted vests and black tracksuit bottoms to all practical classes. Non-binary/transgender students to discuss uniform options with teacher.

BTEC Film and Television Production

Students are required to purchase an SD card to capture and store their footage.  This should be a class 10 card and at least 64gb of storage space.

Students will require a pair of ear/headphones for use during editing sessions.

There is no requirement to purchase any camera equipment or software, however, some past students have done so.  Your subject teacher will be able to advise you on this during enrolment/induction if this applies to you.

Drama and Theatre Studies

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

Students will need to purchase two plays for their studies. Details of texts will be provided at enrolment and the total cost will be around £14 – funds are available to any students who may struggle to purchase these texts. 

A-level Film Studies

Students are encouraged to buy this text book: 

WJEC Eduqas Film Studies for A Level & AS Paperback by Lisa Wardle, Ellen Cheshire, Mark Ramey, Jenny Stewart, approx £30, ISBN: 1911208446

A-level Media Studies

Lower Sixth Students are encouraged to buy this text book

WJEC/Eduqas Media Studies for A Level Year 1 & AS Paperback by Christine Bell, Lucas Johnson, approx £30, ISBN: 1911208101

Upper sixth students are encouraged to buy this text book

WJEC/Eduqas Media Studies for A Level Year 2 & A2 Paperback by Christine Bell (Author), Lucas Johnson, approx £30, ISBN: 191120811

Music

The music team will be able to recommend various types of headphones during the course induction. Students will also be expected to provide their own instruments, leads, etc, for use in rehearsals, performances and studio recordings. 

BTEC Music

All students (except drummers and pianists) will be expected to bring their own instrument to college. This includes microphones for singers.

A-level Music Technology

The following two textbooks are not essential for the course, but students may choose to purchase them for additional study if they wish:

“Edexcel AS/A2 Music Technology Listening Tests, 2nd edition” approx. £21, ISBN 9781906178901

“Edexcel AS/A2 Music Technology Study Guide” approx. £17, ISBN 9781906178482

A-level Music

Students will need a copy of the “Edexcel AS/A Level Anthology of Music”, approx. £45, ISBN: 9781292118369.  There is financial support available through the college Access Fund, if required.

Science

BTEC Applied Science and BTEC Medical Science

There is no requirement to purchase a textbook for applied science. Students must have a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the Casio fx-85G – costs approximately £8 – £10. A 30cm clear ruler and an A4 lever arch file are a requirement of the course.

Biology

It is not essential to purchase a textbook as teachers will provide essential resources/ sources of information to support the course. The textbook recommended is AQA Biology Glenn Toole and Susan Toole Oxford University Press CGP: A Level Biology Year 1.

Students will need to purchase a 30cm clear ruler and a scientific calculator, we recommend the Casio fx-85G (approximately £8 – £10) (If studying alongside mathematics you will need the CASIO Classwiz FX-991EX, which costs approximately £20 – £25)

Chemistry

It is strongly recommended that students purchase the following textbook to support the practical component of the course (approximately £10):

AQA A-level Chemistry Student Guide: Practical Chemistry by Nora Henry.

An online textbook is available for this course through Ebook Central via the college, as such, it is not essential to purchase an additional textbook.  Students will be provided with essential resources / sources of information to support the course. The textbook recommended if students wish to purchase it is:

AQA Chemistry 2nd edition Student book by Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw OUPtena 

Students must have a scientific calculator, the Casio fx-85G (approximately £8 – £10) is recommended. (If studying alongside mathematics you will need the CASIO Classwiz FX-991EX, which costs approximately £20 – £25).

Electronics

Students must have a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the CASIO fx-991ES plus – costs approximately £15 – £20. Students also need a 30cm clear ruler.

Engineering

Students must have a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the CASIO fx-991ES plus – costs approximately £15 – £20.  Students also need a 30cm clear ruler, a mechanical pencil, a protractor set, 60 degree and 45 degree set squares, and an A4 lever arch file. 

There may be educational visits involved with the course and some of these may incur a cost to the student.

Physics

Students must have a scientific calculator. If you are taking A Level Maths, the calculator recommended by the maths department is suitable for use in A Level Physics. If you are not taking A Level Maths, a standard scientific calculator (eg. Casio fx-85G, costs approximately £8) is perfectly capable for the demands of the A Level Physics course.  

Students also need a 30cm clear ruler, a protractor and a 45 degree set square. The following textbook is very highly recommended, as it closely follows the structure and content of the course: AQA Physics, A Level Year 1 and AS (Jim Breithaupt, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press) 

The science department runs several trips and educational visits throughout the year to enhance the experience of studying science.  This may include an overseas visit which has an approximate cost of £450. There will be other non-essential educational visits that students can access during the two-year course, such as visits to zoos and museums, which may incur a cost to the student of less than £50.

Social Science

Psychology

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

There is no requirement to purchase a textbook for psychology, since students will have access to an electronic version, however, this will mean a device (e.g. laptop, iPad or Chromebook) will need to be brought to the lesson to access the book’s content. If students would prefer a hard copy to assist them with their studies, the recommended textbook is AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 & AS by Cara Flanagan, Dave Berry, Matt Jarvis and Rob Liddle (2015), ISBN: 978-1-908682-40-6.

Sociology

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

There is no requirement to purchase a textbook for sociology. If students wish to purchase a resource to assist with their studies the recommended textbook is AQA A Level Sociology Book 1 by Rob Webb, Hal Westergaard, Keith Trobe and Annie Townend (2015), ISBN: 978-0-954007- 91-1.

BTEC Health and Social Care (Diploma and Extended Diploma)

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

Students undertaking work experience with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44.00. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to the Student Finance Office. 

In the second year of the extended diploma course there will be an opportunity for students to take part in the cadet programme at Blackpool Teaching Hospital.  Any student enrolling onto this programme will be required to purchase their uniform and ID badges through Blackpool Victoria Hospital, the approximate cost of this is £45.00.

There is no requirement to purchase a textbook for health and social care. If students wish to purchase a resource to assist with their BTEC Health and Social Care Diploma, the recommended textbook is Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Nationals (Book 1), ISBN: 978-1-846907-46-3. If students are studying the Health and Social Care Extended Diploma, in addition to the above textbook, another recommended textbook is Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Nationals (Book 2), ISBN: 978-1- 846907-47-0.

BTEC Health and Social Care (level 2)

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

There is no requirement to purchase a textbook for health and social care. If students wish to purchase a resource to assist with their BTEC Health and Social Care level 2 programme, the recommended textbook is Health and Social Care, published by Pearson Education Ltd, ISBN: 978-1-446901-35-9.

Sport, Tourism and Public Services

Physical education

Two textbooks for the course are recommended by the teachers. It will not be essential to purchase these as teachers will provide essential resources/ sources of information to support the course.

Recommended textbooks

AQA A Level PE Book 1 – isbn – 978-147-1-85956-4. Approximately £25

AQA A Level PE Book 2 ISBN 978-147-1-85959-5. Approximately £25

Students will be expected to purchase a Blackpool Sixth sports kit to be worn during practical sessions. The approximate cost is £20.

BTEC Public Services

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

There will be educational visits, including a residential, involved with the course. Some of these will be funded by the specific uniformed service. Other visits will be funded by the students. An approximate cost for these essential visits will be £150 over the two years of the course. There may be other non-essential educational visits that students can access during the two-year course.

Students will be expected to purchase a Blackpool Sixth polo shirt to be worn during trips and visits, approximate cost £20.

As part of any voluntary work, any students working with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to the Student Finance Office.

BTEC Sport & Exercise Science

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

A range of textbooks and other relevant publications are available in the FYi or departmental resource area. Subscription to appropriate periodicals is also available through the department.

There are day visits included as part of the course in which students are encouraged to participate. These may incur a cost to cover transport and entrance to the visited organisation. In total, the estimated cost of these essential visits over the two years of the course will be approximately £100. There may be other non-essential educational visits that students can access during the two-year course.

Any student undertaking work experience with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to the Student Finance Office.

Students will be expected to purchase a Blackpool Sixth sports kit, polo shirt and training top to be worn during practical sessions leadership activities and work experience, approximate cost £45.

BTEC Sport (Sports Performance & Excellence) (Diploma and Extended Diploma)

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

 A range of textbooks and other relevant publications are available in the FYi or departmental resource area. Subscription to appropriate periodicals is also available through the department.

There are day visits included as part of the course that students are encouraged to participate in. These may incur a cost to cover transport and entrance to the visited organisation. In total, the estimated cost of these essential visits over the two years of the course will be approximately £100. There may be other non-essential educational day and residential visits that students can access during the two year course. 

Any student undertaking work experience with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to Student Services. 

Students will be expected to purchase a Blackpool Sixth sports kit, polo shirt and training top to be worn during practical sessions leadership activities and work experience, approximate cost £45.

BTEC Travel & Tourism (Diploma and Extended Diploma)

This subject has been chosen to take part in the exciting and innovative technology for learning programme to enhance teaching and learning. See “Technology for learning programme” section.

There are day visits included as part of the course that students are encouraged to participate in. These may incur a cost to cover transport and entrance to the visited organisation. In total, the estimated cost of these essential visits over the two years of the course will be approximately £100. There may be other non-essential educational day and residential visits that students can access during the two-year course. 

Students are recommended to purchase the core textbook, “BTEC National Travel and Tourism Book 1” approximately £ 25, ISBN 0-435445-88-1. There is no need to purchase this before the start of the course. Copies of this book are available in the FYi resource centre along with other resources provided by the teachers to support the course.

Students will be expected to purchase a Blackpool Sixth polo shirt to be worn during visits, events and work experience as appropriate, approximate cost £20.

Students undertaking work experience with young children or vulnerable adults will need a DBS check to go out on a work placement. The cost of the DBS check is currently £44. Payment is made when students bring in the completed DBS form and evidence of identity to the Student Finance Office.

Visual Arts

Art

All students are required to buy essential basic equipment at the start of their studies. This is to ensure they have the essential items they will need in order to complete homework tasks. 

A basic art pack of materials will be available at our college shop (Refill) and starting costs will be approximately £10.00. Some students may need to buy additional materials to expand their ideas and this may create extra costs. Art materials are available for sale in the college shop (Refill) at very competitive prices.

Textiles and Fashion

A basic practical garment construction pack will be available at a cost of approximately £30.00. All students are required to buy this at the start of their studies. This pack will supply the essential items they will need in order to complete homework and classroom tasks. 

Some students may need to buy additional materials to expand their ideas and this may create extra costs. Art and textiles materials are available for sale in the college shop (Refill) at very competitive prices.

Graphic Design and Photography

All students are required to purchase the essential item of an SD Memory Card, minimum 4G.  Approximate cost for the materials to start the course is £10 and items can be purchased at the art shop.

Students will incur additional costs throughout the courses such as photographs and digital printouts.

Students can buy art materials and print outs from Refill at very competitive prices.

NOTE: Students are reminded that if they are experiencing financial hardship they may be able to request funding from the Access Fund to cover some of the costs listed above. Further details and application forms are available from the Student Finance Office.