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Welcome to Bolton Sixth Form College

Welcome to Bolton Sixth Form College a lively, exciting and modern place to learn.

In 2017 Ofsted graded the College Good. We provide sixth form education for 16-19 year old full time students where over 81% of them follow an advanced course . We also encourage you to take advantage of additional courses or qualifications from our wide enrichment programme, all of which will add to your enjoyment of College life.

About us

OUR MISSIONTo provide educational excellence which releases potential and promotes individual achievement in an environment where diversity is valued and students and staff are supported, challenged and encouraged to reach for their personal best in everything they do”  

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 a Baccalaureate 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

"1st Choice College for Your Future 2018"

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 A* -A grades. 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

Students at Bolton Sixth Form College are celebrating yet another year of outstanding A Level and Vocational A Level results, outperforming the national results with a 99% pass rate. The College is delighted to announce that the number of students achieving the higher grade passes has increased this year; 59% of advanced level students achieved higher grades and 95% of BTEC National Diploma students achieved D*- D grades.  

The newly appointed Principal of Bolton Sixth Form College, Stuart Merrills said: “We are very proud of the achievements of all our students and there are excellent results right across the board, for which students have worked extremely hard. This is the first year that students have sat the two-year linear exam and it is testament to the dedication and hard work of both students and staff that the results are so good”.

You will benefit from high quality teaching and outstanding student support.  Our specialist tutors and careers advisors ensure that all students are fully prepared to take the next steps forward towards higher education or further training and employment.  We continue to develop strong links with local employers and many of our students benefit from work placements and expert advice from industry professionals during their courses. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 May 2018
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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.