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Welcome to our Sixth Form


Sixth Form Open Evenings

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

I am delighted to welcome you to our “Virtual Open Event 2020!"  Unfortunately, due to restrictions in place to support social distancing, we cannot invite you into our Sixth Form to meet our fantastic teachers, speak to current students and discover the wide range of opportunities on offer.  We are, instead, offering prospective students the chance to explore their options online, including via these film clips below, which we hope you enjoy watching:


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With thanks to Year 12 students Emily, Harry and Natasha who helped with the making of this film!  The footage that they filmed is highlighted in black and white.


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Just like a regular open evening, this is your chance to learn more about the broad range of A Level and Vocational subjects on offer, our enrichment programme (including the Extended Project Qualification) and how to make an application to the Sixth Form.

I understand that choosing the right Sixth Form is an important decision.  Post 16 study is a time for students to delve deeper into the subjects they love and to study new subjects. It is also a time to prepare for university and life beyond school.

As you will discover, we offer a unique culture and ethos which extends right throughout our school.  We are passionate about what we do and are uncompromising in our approach to provide the best educational experience for our students.  We are committed to supporting them in their next steps.  Our outstanding curriculum, pastoral and careers teams work with students to ensure that when it is time to leave us, they are fully equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence, ready to face the world of higher education and employment.  

Please look at our course guide for September 2021 entry.  This guide will provide more information about the range of subjects on offer and any specific entry requirements.  The information pack below contains further information about what life is like as a sixth form student at Altrincham College.

Applications to the Sixth Form must be made by Friday 18th December 2020. Please click here to find out how to apply.

Please contact a member of the sixth form team should you have any further questions.

I really believe that amazing things happen here.  I hope you will decide that Altrincham College is the right sixth form for you and I look forward to welcoming you soon. 

Mr A Keegan,

Head of Sixth Form






Watch our virtual tour of the sixth form centre!


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Sixth Form FAQs

When and how do I apply?

Applications for our Sixth Form are open now!  Students can apply online by downloading and completing the application form below or by scanning the QR code.  Downloaded forms need to be handed to your form tutor (internal students) or posted to 6th form reception.  More information can be found here.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is Friday 18th December 2020.

What happens once I’ve applied?

A confirmation letter will be sent within two weeks of receipt of your application form.  Once the deadline passes, subject blocks will be created. 

From January 2021, external students will be invited to attend a short interview with Mr Keegan, Head of Sixth Form, to discuss their subject choices. 

Internal students will be notified if their chosen subjects create a clash and will be invited to discuss this with Mr Keegan.  Students will receive conditional offer letters in the spring term.  

Prior to enrolling with us, students will be invited to our Taster Day at school, planned for July 2021.

How do I enrol?

Enrolment is expected to happen on Thursday 27th August 2021 (GCSE Results Day) for internal students and Monday 30th August 2021 for external students.

What courses do you offer?

We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of both A Level and vocational courses.  Please refer to the course booklet at the bottom of this page.

What does the school day look like?

Currently the sixth form timetable looks a little different to the usual timetable, as we have had to make adjustments due to covid-19.  Our school day is split into five teaching periods.  Period one starts at 8.45am and each period lasts an hour.  There is an hour’s break for lunch and the school day ends at 3.10pm.  Students in both years have built in study periods.  Our Learning Resource Centre is a quiet place for students to work, read or use a computer during this free time.

What is enrichment?

We encourage students to fully embrace sixth form life by getting involved in clubs or using their free time for volunteering or mentoring younger students.  In Year 12, students can opt to study for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in addition to their programme, worth the equivalent to 0.5 A Levels in UCAS points.  Find out more about the wide range of opportunities available here

Student Leadership Team

Our Student Leadership Team meet every Monday with Mr Keegan, Head of Sixth Form.  They are empowered to make decisions about sixth form life on behalf of their peers.  

Will I receive support will with university or apprenticeship applications?

Yes, we have two members of staff who work directly with students on their UCAS (university) or apprenticeship applications.  Find more information about applying to university and apprenticeships.

What is the dress code?

During Monday – Thursday we operate a strict ‘dress to impress’ business dress code.  Students who adhere to this are allowed to ‘dress down’ on a Friday!  

How do I get to school?

There are 7 school buses which are dedicated to serving Altrincham College.  Please visit our bus information page for full details.

Can I purchase food and drink in the Sixth Form?

Yes, you can purchase a variety of hot and cold drinks, snacks and delicious meals.  Find out more about the sixth form’s Café Connect.

Do you offer any financial support for students?

FSM entitlement will be transferred automatically for 2021.   Pupils enrolling from September 2022 will need to re-apply.

Bursary funding is available for some students who may need help with the costs incurred when staying in full time education.  Bursary application forms are included in our enrolment packs and the deadlines are clearly stated.  Should a student’s financial situation change, applications can be accepted all year.