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Welcome to Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College provides education which is of high quality and sensitive to the needs of the community and the aspirations of individual students

About us

Barrow Sixth Form College has been a leading quality further education provider for students across Furness, South Lakes and Copeland for more than 35 years.

We have helped thousands of students on the next step of their journey to success – whether it’s university or employment – with a proven track record of securing excellent grades at A-Level including students accepted into Oxford and Cambridge. We have a specialist careers advisor who supports students to go on to achieve their career aspirations. Last year 14 of our students were accepted onto a Higher Apprenticeship at the defence giant BAE Submarine Systems.

Alongside traditional A-Levels and GCSEs, we are now offering a Level 3 programme of Cambridge Technicals in subjects including Business, Health and Social Care, IT, Science and Performing Arts. These are a high-quality vocational alternative to A-Level designed with the workplace in mind so students leave college work-ready. This flexibility means students can mix and match with A-Levels and also progress from the Level 2 Cambridge Technicals.

Our courses cater for 16-18s, post-19 education and adults and we are a satellite campus for Beaumont College for learners with physical and or learning disabilities as well as a partner of Lancaster University.

We know that our students’ academic achievements help them to enter the workforce at a professional level, secure places on sought-after apprenticeships locally and gain places at the best universities in the country.

Facilities available


The College Library plays a key role in supporting your academic studies. The area is equipped with a wide range of books for personal research and reading for pleasure, DVDs including foreign language films, ICT facilities, current newspapers and periodicals. It’s a great place to work. The library is a silent working area helping you to develop useful study skills as an independent learner; the dedicated library staff are available to provide advice and guidance throughout the college day.


You can choose to spend your private study time in the learning hub which is a quiet working area. This is where you can work independently or in small groups perhaps on a project for one of your subjects. The learning hub is a supervised learning area.


The College has a large sports hall and staff with expertise in a wide variety of sport and leisure activities. Many students play sport purely as a recreational activity while others aspire to standards of excellence. Each year College teams and individuals win honours at county and national levels. The College is keen to encourage as many students as possible to participate at all levels. Team games have included: basketball, netball, rugby league and union, football and rounders

Additional support

Student bursaries were introduced in September 2011 and have been modified since then. Some support is still available, on a means tested basis to pay for the costs of education eg. transport and dinners at college. This is dependent on attendance, completion of work and behaviour.

Learner success

  • 99% A level pass rate
  • 91% AS pass rate (rank in top ten per cent nationally for progress)
  • 91% higher project pass rate
  • Excellent Cambridge Technical Level 3 and Extended Project Qualification results
  • 57% GCSE A*-C rate (improvement of nearly 10 per cent on 2014)
  • Excellent Cambridge Technical results at level 2
  • Individual successes (Oxbridge, medicine, art school, LIPA)


How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016
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Key information


  • A: Barrow Sixth Form College
    • Address:
    • Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College
    • Rating Lane
    • Barrow-in-Furness
    • LA13 9LE
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01229828377
    • Website:
    • More information:
    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.