Welcome to City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College
A young person’s college, developing skills, inspiring excellence.
The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, in the centre of the City and the North Staffordshire conurbation, is an ideal place to study. It has a reputation for high levels of academic achievement and individual support for students. We are able to offer students a very wide range of courses, excellent facilities, and access to university standard science laboratories. There are excellent transport links to the college by bus, train, cycle path or car.
The college is a lively and interesting community of students from a very wide range of backgrounds and varying abilities and interests.
We take a pride in providing students with a caring atmosphere in which to develop as a person. We recognise that each student is an individual and our aim is to support you to achieve your ambitions. This is one of the reasons we have introduced the Stoke6th Graduate programme which will support you in developing the essential skills for progression and employment.
You will find that you can achieve far more than you expected. At the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College we aim to make learning enjoyable and we hope that you will take full advantage of these opportunities during your time at the college.
Community spirit is a key aspect of life at the Sixth Form College. We believe in working together to foster a culture of community and mutual respect. We have close and meaningful partnerships with local high schools and academies, colleges, universities, employers and the local community.
23rd September 2015 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
10th November 2015 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
25th November 2015 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
3rd February 2016 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
20th April 2016 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ofsted 2015 Quotes
“The care and support of students are excellent.”
“The college makes a substantial difference to the lives of students of all ages within the community;students make good progress, they leave college with a wide range of skills that enhance their work readiness and almost all progress into higher education, training or employment.”
“Teachers work well to get the best from their students, many of whom come to the college after demotivating experiences at school.”
“Teachers know their students well. The care and support of students are excellent, precede their arrival at college and extend beyond their leaving.”
“The proportion of students progressing to higher education has increased over the past three years and is above the national trend. The large majority of students who progress to employment gain jobs in the sectors that are a regional priority, for example, business, administration and law, and engineering and manufacturing technologies.”
“The well-planned curriculum is highly responsive to the needs of students, the community and the regional priorities of the local enterprise partnership.”
“Students with learning difficulties, particularly the large cohort of dyslexic students, perform very well. This is as a result of successful help and support by staff and the careful monitoring of performance by managers.”
“Teachers provide good support, set within the context of building students’ independence and resilience, equipping them well for further study and employment. Staff quickly take action to meet any particular support needs identified for students.”
You can find our recent Ofsted Inspection report at: j.mp/ssfcOfsted
A Young Person’s College, Developing Skills, Inspiring Excellence
• Students are treated as young adults in a new and modern learning environment where your individuality is respected
• The only college locally to specialise in the needs of 16-19 year olds. A college that listens to you and cares what you think
• A great atmosphere with friendly and experienced staff
• Advice and support whenever you need it
• New building and state-of-the-art facilities, designed with you in mind
• Support in choosing the right course to suit you and your progression
• Flexibility to combine academic and vocational courses, and we fit the college timetable around your choice Providing you with the qualifications and skills to succeed in your chosen career path with our NEW Progression Routes and Pathways
• Discover and develop new interests and employability skills with our programme of Pathway+ activities
• Excellent results in a wide range of subjects
• The ideal launch pad for further success at university or in employment
• Opportunities to experience life as a Sixth Form College Student at our ‘Find Your Feet’ event
• Based in the heart of the city – on major transport links
• A college with a real sense of community
• Strong culture of academic standards and qualifications. Commitment to developing the set of attributes necessary for success in the 21st century.
THE ‘STOKE 6TH GRADUATE’ ATTRIBUTES WILL FULLY PREPARE YOU TO SUCCEED IN THE WORLD OF WORK.
Stoke6th Graduates will:
• Be resilient learners who enjoy learning and are willing to listen, learn and contribute
• Have developed the skill of independence of thought and, where appropriate, social interaction through teamwork
• Be able to contribute creative and innovative solutions • Be technologically, digitally and information literate and have the literacy and oracy skills to be able to communicate clearly and confidently
• Be able to use numerical skills to solve problems and present information logically
• Respect and recognise the views, attitudes and culture of others
• Attend punctually and meet deadlines
• Have the skills and mindset that develop a lifelong love of learning and allows access to future education, training or employment.
As well as helping you to secure the best possible results, we you give you every opportunity to hone the skills and talents that every employer and university will look for in today’s competitive market.
YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME WILL ALSO INCLUDE:
PRIVATE STUDY - To meet today’s demands you will develop skills in communication, information technology and numeracy. Every course at the college will encourage you to develop these vital skills.
PATHWAY PLUS ACTIVITIES- After your two years with us it’s important that you not only have the necessary qualifications to progress but also the invaluable employability skills in order for you to step in to your chosen career. There is a wide range of Pathway Plus activities that will be specifically aimed towards the industry you are interested in, making them interesting whilst developing the skills employers are looking for.
GROUP TUTORIALS - In addition to your 1:1 meetings you will also attend weekly tutorials delivered by your Progress Coach. You will build up numerous employability skills to prepare you for future employment.
PROGRESS COACH - Each term you will spend one-to-one time with your personal Progress Coach to discuss your overall progress in college. Each meeting will also focus on your attendance and future plans. All this information will be recorded and will be accessible to both parents and students via the Internet.
REGULAR ASSESSMENT- Six times a year, your subject teachers will review your progress via summative assessment and together you will agree targets to ensure motivation, direction and a clear plan of action to keep you on track and improving. This will ensure you are clear on how you are performing in college.
ENHANCE YOUR EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS- Stoke6th Graduate aims to develop skills such as independent learning communication, information technology and numeracy. Every course at the college will encourage you to develop these vital skills. Having the right employability skills can make the difference between you being successful in the world of work or not.
ACCELERATED LEARNING COACH- As part of your study programme, you may be offered support from an Accelerated Learning Coach. This is a mentoring scheme led by ex-students currently studying at university who support students to achieve their target grades with a particular focus in numeracy.
Unlock your full potential both academically and personally.
The college has been designed to give you a learning and social environment in which you can create your future. Whether you want a quiet place to complete your coursework, a studio to practise your dance routine, or a social space to grab a bite to eat there’s a space for you!
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRES
Designed to meet the needs of a modern day students, our learning resource centres give you reliable access to computers and printers. Located next to the teaching staff base, the LRC are the perfect place to complete your work. The ground floor LRC is open until late throughout the week ensuring you meet deadlines.
QUIET STUDY AREA
Do you need peace and quiet to complete your work? Then the quiet study area is ideal. With plenty of desks and access to computers there’s no better place to focus on your studies.
The most unique feature in our building is the three learning pods. These are individual break-out spaces from the LRC, available for use by all students. Work alongside your peers or carry out research with access to new technology such as tablets, Macs and high speed wireless internet connection. Each Learning Pod has its own identity.
Technology is vital within the learning environment and at the college we have introduced innovative technology to keep you ahead of the curve:
• Keep up to date with course information and upcoming college events in college and at home with access to the college MY.SFC site.
• The latest PCs, Macs and tablet devices. • All teachers have iPads to enable them to support and track your progress and attendance.
• Cashless Community – quickly and easily purchase bus tickets, food and more using your ID card, which can be reloaded at smart stations around the building.
Connect your mobile devices to our high speed wireless network so you can access the internet throughout the building on your own portable equipment.
REFECTORY & ROEBUCK CAFE
Grab a bite to eat and catch up with your friends at one of our catering facilities. They cater for students looking for a fresh and healthy lunch whilst others can choose from a range of hot foods including the sharing option specifically designed for you to tuck into with your friends. Sit back and relax with friends during break and lunch times in our very own Costa Coffee situated in the Roebuck Café selling newspapers, magazines, pick ‘n’ mix and lots of ‘grab and go’ offers. There really is something for everyone!
CREATIVE & PERFORMANCE FACILITIES
Are you destined to be on stage? Interested in the film and television industry? Our state-of-the-art creative and performance courses feature the following first class facilities to help you reach your dream: drama studio, dance studio, media editing facility, production workshop, music practice and recording rooms.
Are you a budding young scientist? Get the best preparation for university by studying in our Science Centre. Strengthen your learning through practical experiments and university style lecturing that will enhance your knowledge of the sciences before moving on to study in Higher Education or employment. Located right on the doorstep of the Sixth Form College, the new centre is built on the University Quarter partnership and offers new and exciting ways of learning, access to state-of-the-art facilities and seamless progression through scientific education for people in the region.
FENTON MANOR SPORTS COMPLEX
A centre for sporting excellence… sport and physical activity is a core element of life at the Sixth Form College. Whether you are studying a sports related course or simply want to keep fit you will have access to the facilities at Fenton Manor Sports Complex. Only a short walk from the main Leek Road site, Fenton Manor Sports Complex boasts some of the best facilities in the city, including free use of sports arenas, 25m swimming pool and a 3G Astroturf all-weather pitch. Our extensive sports and enrichment programme is available to all students and there are many activities, such as badminton, football, swimming and it couldn’t be easier to get involved!
We are committed to taking great care of all Sixth Form College students ensuring you have the support you need.
You may be entitled to financial support from the college bursary scheme to help meet the costs of continuing with your studies. If you live independently and receive Income Support or Universal Credit, are in Local Authority Care, a Care Leaver or receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payment), you may be entitled to a Guaranteed Bursary of up to £1200.
Alternatively, if you are from a low income household you may be eligible for a Discretionary Bursary which can include one or more of the following benefits
• Free college meals – a daily allowance wilt be added to your college ID card for you to purchase a meal from college.
• Up to 100% of the cost of travel to college including during holidays to attend study sessions
• Up to 100% of essential course equipment/books/educational visits
• Up to 100% of UCAS application fees • Up to 100% of examination fees
• Up to 100% of authorised university or employer visits. To find out whether you are eligible you will need to complete an application pack available on our website www.stokesfc.ac.uk or call our Bursary Helpdesk on 01782 848736.
As a student at the Sixth Form you will have a Progress Coach who will monitor your attendance and progress throughout your studies. They will meet with you on a regular basis, offering support and guidance ensuring to ensure you reach your full potential.
Helping our students consider and plan their next step is something we excel at and take great pride in. Our Careers and Progression team are always available to help you research an appropriate career plan and encourage you to take up work experience opportunities, as well as assisting you with your applications for universities, apprenticeships and employment.
As part of your college programme you will attend weekly tutorials in addition to regular 1:1s, which aim to develop your individual learning skills to reach your full potential as part of the college’s Stoke 6th Graduate Programme. Providing a wide range of support such as health and wellbeing, study skills, researching your careers and work experience opportunities in a friendly and supporting environment.
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
Our college community is both international and multicultural and we are committed to equality and diversity for students and staff. The college celebrates many different cultures as well as national and international awareness days/weeks. We are committed in creating a place to learn that is tolerant, understanding and receptive to everybody’s needs, regardless of their gender ethnicity or beliefs. These are often celebrated by organising shows and performances throughout the year.
STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY OR LEARNING DIFFICULTY
The college is committed to ensuring that as far as possible, students with a disability or learning difficulty have equal access to courses and services offered by the college. If you have any physical disability or special educational needs, you will receive help from the student support team at the college and we will make every effort to adjust our provision and facilities to meet your needs. Via our close links with local high schools we will make every effort to make sure your transition to the Sixth Form College is as smooth as possible.
STUDENTS WITH ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
We recognise that some students have additional responsibilities at home, e.g. providing elements of care for other members of the family or being a young parent. Understanding this we would make every effort to provide support and flexibility for your studies.
AT THE YOUNG PERSON’S COLLEGE; DEVELOPING SKILLS, INSPIRING EXCELLENCE.
A Level Results 2015
• Outstanding A Level results, yet again – Improvement in all areas
• 1049 entries with A Level pass rate 98%
• 5 year improvement in success rates in Level 3 courses
• Two thirds of students achieving the higher grades of A*- C • A* grades achieved at A Level have doubled from 2013
• 549 A* grades achieved this year
• Top class results across all BTECs - 1220 BTEC entries at a 99% pass rate with over 62% of students obtaining a Distinction or above (10% improvement from 2014)
• 437 BTEC Students achieved the highest possible grade at BTEC (Single, Double or Triple Distinction*)
• 63% of A Level subjects have improved their overall Achievement Rate compared to 2014
• 66% of A Level subjects now have an Achievement Rate above the National Average
• Two thirds of A Level subjects achieving 100% pass rate
• 100% pass rates across all Creative and Performing Arts courses
• 100% pass rates in Modern Foreign Languages
• Excellent performance in Sport and Physical Education – Including 100% pass rates at A Level with over half of students achieving top grades.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College directly.