What is a Sixth Form?

Sixth Form Colleges generally offer A-Level courses. Students would normally choose 3-4 A-Level courses to be completed over a two year period. Students are required to have achieved 4 Grade 4s including English and Maths in order to secure a place at either TENC or another Sixth Form College.

Course subjects

Subjects offered at Sixth Form are much the same as are studied in school (KS4) but are of a higher level. There is also the opportunity to study other subjects such as Law, Psychology and Sociology. Sixth Form does offer vocational courses as well as A-Level courses and this information is normally given in the TENC prospectus and on the TENC website.


What is a Further Education (FE) College?

FE colleges generally offer vocational (work-related) and specialist qualifications. They tend to provide courses for 16-18 year olds as well as adult learners, and often have close links with the community.

Course subjects

FE colleges offer a wide range of courses at a variety of levels. Each college is different, so you will need to check with your chosen college what courses are available. As a guide, the type of subjects on offer include:

  • Catering and Hospitality; Travel and Tourism; Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy;
  • Childcare and Social Care;
  • Fashion; Art and Design;
  • Computing and Information Technology;
  • Vehicle Mechanics; Construction; Painting and Decorating.

FE Colleges often offer courses such as English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to help students develop their English Language skills.

Course and qualifications levels

Popular courses include NVQs, BTECs, Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs. If you didn’t do well at school, Entry Level Courses generally offer another opportunity to gain qualifications and enable you to go on to study further college courses at a higher level.     


Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 16 to 24, who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and experience are most likely to be good candidates for a traineeship.

Traineeship opportunities are advertised regularly on the government website www.gov.uk/government/collections/traineeships-programme#traineeships:-overview-for-young-people under find a traineeship


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Who can apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you're still at school. To start one, you'll need to be:

  • 16 or over by then end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

How to apply

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship

  1. Search for an apprenticeship
  2. Sign in or create an account
  3. Complete and submit your application

The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.

If don't get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship you can ask for feedback.

You can complain if you think you weren't successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.

Apprenticeship helpline

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KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs K Monkman

Head of Year 8 - Mr C Smith

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 10 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

Deputy Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mrs A Owen

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