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Will I be able to go to University with applied qualifications?

Yes. Most university courses are accessible from BTEC Extended Diploma and CACHE Diploma courses. There are a few exceptions, for example Medicine and related courses, where high GCSE and A Level grades are required.

What is an academic coach?

Every student will be allocated an academic coach to support them during their time at College. They are non-teaching support staff, who are specially trained to support students in a range of different and important ways. They will work with you, helping you to think about your goals, set targets to enable you to reach those goals and monitor your progress. They will also help you with UCAS applications to university or applications for employment. They are also on hand to offer advice and help you access other support services at the College.

What sports can I take part in at the College?

A wide range of sports are available. There are sport performance squads in cricket, rugby, men’s football, men’s & women’s basketball and netball. These squads have regular professional coaching and matches. There are also opportunities to play badminton, indoor football and other recreational sport. Additionally, students may make use of the College’s Fitness Suite.

What is Enrichment?

Enrichment consists of a wide range of additional courses or opportunities to participate in on top of your main programme of study. Options range from courses giving you a qualification such as the Extended Project or Beginners Spanish, to sport, music, drama, engineering projects, etc. See our full list of enrichments in the Enrichment Guide.

What are the fees at the Sixth Form?

There are normally no fees, except for students from outside the European Union, and possibly if you are over 19 years of age. We do ask for a voluntary contribution to the College Fund of £50, which supports the College and its work and helps fund enrichment courses. This can be paid by cash, cheque or online via Parentpay (login required).It can be paid in installments and Gift Aided.

Do I need to pass Maths and English Language GCSE to get into College?

You should have at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics for A level courses. There are a number of BTEC courses which you may be able to take with a minimum of a grade 3 in either English Language or Mathematics. If you do have a grade 3 in one of these two key subjects, you will be required to re-take this GCSE in addition to your BTEC.

What happens if my GCSE results do not meet my expectations?

If you are holding an offer to come to The Sixth Form College, Solihull we will write to you in July/August and invite you to come in and enrol in late August or early September, after GCSE results are known. Students must fulfil our entry requirements to enrol, but if you do not get the grades you hoped for, don’t panic! There may still be a course that is suitable for you at College. Do not come into College, but rather email the College on the specific “just missed the grades” email address ( with a scan of your results. We will reply within two working days to give you advice on whether you should come in to College with your results for an interview to discuss any suitable courses and the best options for you.

How long are the lessons?

The College day starts at 8.30am, but lessons don’t start until 9.30am and continue until 4.00pm. We have split the day into morning and afternoon blocks, which will each consist of two periods with a break in the middle. This is to ensure that students do not have trapped “free” time in the middle of the day. See a diagram of the College Timetable for more information:

How many lessons will I have per week?

That depends on what courses you are taking. A Level subjects have one morning block and one afternoon block (4 periods in total) each, while BTEC/CACHE courses will have 3 morning and 3 afternoon blocks. Students have additional timetabled enrichment and academic coaching commitments