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Welcome to Rochdale Sixth Form College

Welcome to Rochdale Sixth Form College.

We recently had our very first OFSTED Inspection and were graded OUTSTANDING in all areas:

Grade 1 - Teaching & Learning

Grade 1 - Outcomes for Learners

Grade 1 - Leadership & Management

See the full report by following this link:

I am delighted that you wish to find out more about the College.

The College is a wonderful place to study. It is one of the top performing sixth form colleges in the country and classed as “Outstanding” in 2013 by Ofsted – only the second college in the country to achieve this in the last academic year!

The College is committed to building upon its national reputation as a provider of the highest quality teaching and learning. We are a small sixth form college with around 1,000 students, which makes us similar in size to a lot of 11-16 secondary schools. Being a small sixth form college brings big benefits in helping students make the transition from school to college. By providing a smaller and more intimate environment we get to know our students really well and we can ensure they are all treated as individuals .

I am proud to be the Principal of an ambitious college that has high aspirations for all students. RSFC offers a stepping stone between the world of school into employment or Higher Education: an important stage in the development of all young people. Here, you will make many new friends, experience the process of maturing in a specialist  sixth form community and you will have an opportunity to benefit from what Ofsted in March 2013described as a place where teaching is “energetic, inspirational and builds students’ confidence to achieve their potential”.

Julian Appleyard,


About us

What makes RSFC such a class act?


The first thing to say is we’re interested in you. We want to know about your life, your background,what you’ve got to say, how you feel about things, what you need,what you want, where you’ve been and where you’d like to go. For us, class teaching means more than just teaching in the class. It means teaching, and treating, every student as an individual, with care, empathy and compassion.


We have a tireless dedication to improving the standards of academic achievement for our students and a passionate commitment to their success through a culture of high expectation and aspiration.


We are committed to achieving an effective learning regime for all students with first class teaching and support from members of staff, all day and every day without fail.


We believe in working together.Students and staff work togetherto foster a real sense of community and mutual respect. We also believe in working closely with parents/carers to ensure that our 16-19 year olds become confident,mature, responsible and valued members of society. We cultivate close and meaningful partnerships with schools, other colleges and universities to enhance the learning experience. Our relationship with the local community in Rochdale reflects our commitment to the continuing social and economic well being of the area and increases the range of opportunities on offer to our students.


We embrace diversity and are strongly committed to equality of opportunity for students, staff, their friends, families and the wider community to create a real sense of belonging and integration.


The values of honesty andfairness lie right at the heart of RSFC life. We are committed to conducting ourselves with openness, trust and respect for the individual in everything we do.



Unless something is fun it’s simply not worth doing. That’s why, above all, at RSFC we strive to create a fun environment in which the process of learning is not just rewarding but enjoyable too. In fact, we want the experience to be a positive one for our students in every respect, through instilling a passion and enthusiasm for their subjects, a thirst for learning, a burning desire to achieve their academic potential and career goals. We also aim to develop their self esteem, confidence, emotional resilience, compassion, generosity of spirit and a boundless enthusiasm for taking on and overcoming all the challenges life brings.

Facilities available

Students at Rochdale Sixth Form College will benefit from:

24 hour access to online learning materials

2 relaxed student areas with Starbucks coffee house and a shop

A 150 seater Theatre with professional standard sound and lighting

IT suites, including suites of Apple Macs

Wi-Fi learning throughout the College

Professional standard Art Studios, Textiles Studio, Kiln Room, Dark Room, CDT Room and Mac Editing Suites

Study areas on each floor adjacent to teacher resource bases for one-to-one access

Extensive Achievement Centre with internet access and multi media resources

State-of-the-art Science Labs using cutting edge equipment and technologies

Music recording studio, rehearsal rooms and music technology editing suite

Specialist Dance Studio

Specialist Drama Studio

A Fitness Suite

Lifts for disabled access across the College

Multi faith prayer room

Bright and light teaching classrooms with outstanding learning resources

Additional support



Moving from a school to a sixth form college is an exciting time. Life in a sixth form college is fast moving and challenging, and we are very keen to take great care to ensure that all students who join RSFC have the individual support they need.

At RSFC there is a strong focus on one-to-one work and this happens in many different ways and when you visit us you will see this one-to-one approach in action. Our study areas on each floor are where you can obtain extra help out of lesson time with that Maths homework or that Psychology essay. Teachers are available in their non-contact time to go through work in a way that is supportive and also challenges you to stretch yourself to acheive an even higher grade.


At RSFC we have a specialist team of Personal Progress Tutors. At secondary school most of your teachers will have had a form tutor role as well. At RSFC we do things a little differently. We want to get to know you well at college so that we help you achieve your potential. To do this we need to ensure that teachers get the time to see you one-to-one, so that there is someone who is your critical or professional friend whilst you are studying with us.

You will have your own Personal Progress Tutor in college. Personal Progress Tutors are members of staff who are given time to see you one-to-one on a regular basis. Your Personal Progress Tutor will help you settle quickly and work with you to achieve the best results possible. Your Personal Progress Tutor will help you think about your goals, set targets to enable you to reach those goals and track your progress. Being a sixth form student is about being able to self evaluate which means recognising your strengths and weaknesses and talking things through with you so that you can take responsibility for your own learning. Your Personal Progress Tutor will have a clear overview of your academic and personal development whilst at college and be the central figure in the transition from school right through to managing university and employment applications and writing your reference.


Whilst we work with you on a one-to-one basis everyday, twice a year you will sit down formally with each of your teachers for interviews to discuss progress. These inteviews will allow you to be clear on how you are performing in each subject and provide you with clear targets so you can move to the next grade. Once you have had interviews with each Subject Teacher, your Personal Progress Tutor will have an extended interview to discuss overall progress.


Whilst much of the one-to-one support at college will come from your Subject Teachers and Personal Progress Tutors you can seek help in the Achievement Centre. This is an area set aside for staff to work with individuals and small groups addressing any areas that are holding back your learning.


Impartial one-to-one careers advice and guidance are available for all students studying at RSFC. You will be supported in developing an appropriate career plan and encouraged to take up work experience during your time here. Your Personal Progress Tutor in the first instance will give you advice on education, training and work opportunities, as well as assisting you with your applications for universities or jobs. We offer one-to-one interviews, careers workshops and access to a range of careers resources and software. We work closely with a Careers Personal Adviser based within the College. You might want to discuss future plans, what to study at university or you may need help in finding employment or training.


If you are between 16 and 19 years old and think that you might struggle with the costs of full-time education you may apply for a bursary.

The students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. This group includes:

• Young people in care

• Care leavers

• Young people in receipt of income support

• Disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and  Disability Living Allowance

Other students facing genuine financial difficulties can apply for the Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF).The DBF can support students with travel costs, equipment, books and other course-related costs.



The welfare of our students is at the heart of everything we do. All RSFC staff are trained in Child Protection and the College has a comprehensive Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy to ensure that all staff are aware of the correct procedures.


In addition to your Personal Progress Tutor all students have access to a confidential Counselling service.

Learner success

In the Department for Education Performance Tables published in February 2013, Rochdale Sixth Form College was the second highest performing sixth form college in the UK.

Highlights include:

A Level - Top 1%

AS Level - Top 1%

'The second highest performing sixth form college in the UK'


How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Rochdale Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 30 August 2017
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