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Welcome to Bolton Sixth Form College

Bolton Sixth Form College is the only specialist sixth form college in the town and the largest provider of A Level studies in the borough, our teachers only concentrate on programmes that are for 16-19 year olds. Our state-of-the-art town centre campus provides students with the very best facilities to support their chosen programme of study. The College has a culture of high aspirations and expectations; we are very proud of our students and their exceptional levels of achievement and progression.

About us

The College is a contemporary and modern campus, situated on Deane Road in the town centre. Our facilities provide high quality education for 16-19 year old students who wish to study within the context and ethos of a sixth form college, where pastoral care schemes are at the heart of learning. The combination of high quality teaching and support has resulted in students achieving quite outstanding results.

The College is the outstanding value-added provider in the Bolton area offering a wide range of courses including A Levels, Single Vocational A Levels and Triple Vocational A levels, Academies in Science, Law and Sports as well as the Honours Programme for high achievers.

The College works closely with local high schools to ensure that the option of progressing to College is one that is as seamless as possible with hundreds of school children visiting the campus for taster days. The great links to local transport throughout the borough make it easy for students to commute to College without incurring large travel expenses.

Extra-curricular enrichment activities play an important role in the education of all the students and help them to develop social and personal skills and enhance their university and job applications. There are plenty of activities on offer ranging from competitive and recreational sports to drama, to fundraising, to developing new skills and improving self-confidence.


Facilities available

  • Performing Arts theatre
  • High specification Music Studio with recording facilities
  • Music Technology suite with the latest industry standard software
  • Professional high quality Art and Photography studios
  • Specialist science labs
  • The Honours Programme
  • Academies in Sport, Science and Performing Arts 
  • Outstanding level of IT available throughout the College
  • Law Society


Additional support

Pastoral Care
Your Progress Tutor will oversee all your progress and achievements; work closely with your teachers, parents or guardian and help to support you to manage your academic progress. Tutor group sessions take place each week and are an important and compulsory part of your timetable. You will meet regularly with your Tutor for one to one meetings to review your academic progress and agree performance targets.  Learning mentor support is available to help you develop advanced level study skills and provides access to specialist advice from external support agencies. The College is committed to your safety and wellbeing; the College’s Counsellor and safeguarding officers are also part of the progress team. 
Specific learning needs or disabilities
If you have a specific learning difficulty or a disability requiring learning support, please ensure that you tell us about your needs when you apply.  Early applications by December prior to entry are needed to enable us to liaise directly with you and your parents or guardian.  This helps us to have a clear understanding of your support needs when we apply for specific high needs support funding, where appropriate.  Transition visits to College start whilst you are still in Year 11.
The Honours Programme
Offering our students a distinctive set of opportunities for academic achievement and personal development and giving them the competitive edge they need when applying for the highest quality courses and the most prestigious universities in the country.

The Honours Programme is open to students with a strong academic profile. Typically, students will have achieved mostly grades 7,8 or 9. The programme will appeal to students who have an interest in exploring the option of attending one of the country’s top universities. Our aim is to work with students to boost their skills and confidence, give them early access to university style learning and enable them to make a more informed decision about applying for their chosen university course.

Learner success

The College is pleased to announce outstanding Advanced Level Results for 2018 with a 99% pass rate and even better results than in previous years.  67% of students have achieved higher grades and 96% of BTEC National Diploma students have achieved Distinction* – Distinction. The College continues to build year-on-year on its impressive outcomes for students in its care.

These results place the College significantly above the national rates for post – 16 school and college providers and again ranks Bolton Sixth Form College alongside the best in the country. Students have worked extremely hard over the last two years and these results are a reflection of their dedication, commitment and motivation to succeed.” Principal, Stuart Merrills.

The majority will now move forward to secure their places at universities across the country, with students progressing to study a broad range of subjects encompassing: sciences, medicine, law, business, music, performing arts and humanities. These results coupled with the College’s excellent careers, advice and guidance programmes, as well as strong links with industry and employers, have enabled students who chose not to progress to Higher Education to obtain excellent career opportunities with many choosing to take a higher level apprenticeship route.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 April 2019
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Key information


  • A: Town Centre Campus
    • Address:
    • Deane Road
    • BOLTON
    • BL3 5BU
    • Telephone number:
    • Switchboard: 01204846215
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    • At Bolton Sixth Form College we recognise how exciting the move to college can be and how important it is that you choose the right one for you.

      All staff are committed to ensuring that you achieve your potential – and more! In becoming a Bolton Sixth Form College student, you will be joining one of the highest performing colleges in the North West of England.