I am very proud to lead United College Sixth Form (UCSF). The Sixth Form is the pinnacle of our mission at the Academy to empower students to aim high and reach their Bright Futures.
We have designed the curriculum so that our students are provided with the environment, ethos and opportunities to develop the high performing skills and qualities that enable them to go on to the next stage of their life as confident and competent individuals. We are an inclusive Sixth Form and welcome many students from other schools; they settle in very quickly and enjoy the high academic standards and the range of social opportunities we have on offer. We understand that it can be daunting moving from GCSE into A Levels, so we offer an exceptional level of support to keep you on track: both in terms of academic direction and study skills support, but we also prioritise our students’ wellbeing. The Sixth Form has a big family feel everyone gets together in the Sixth Form centre which is dedicated for Sixth Form use. Within the centre, Sixth Formers have their own library, study rooms and ICT facilities. There is also a spacious common room area for the students to meet, work together and relax.
What makes UCSF unique is our STEM Grammar Stream and Career Pathways. The Career Pathways enable students to craft their studies exactly to match their career choices. Pathways include core subjects, which are essential, and suggested complementary subjects. Each Career Pathway has its own supra-curricular programme, providing multiple opportunities to extend their experience in support of their university applications.
STEM Grammar Stream
The STEM Grammar Stream is delivered in partnership with Marlborough College. This Programme is for students with high prior attainment who aspire to apply to the most prestigious Universities and degree apprenticeships. Grammar Stream students can be expected to be stretched and challenged throughout their time at USCF. They will be supported through a programme of specialised tutoring, guidance on interviews and personal statements, masterclasses and much more.
As well as a strong focus on their academic work, we encourage all UCSF students to be fully involved in the life of the Academy. Our Sixth Formers play an important role as leaders and role models to the younger years. We have a large student leadership team run by the Students Presidents, roles within the team involve leading on student wellbeing, running charity and cultural events, academic mentors and much more. As well as contributing to the wider community these opportunities support the development of leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills which universities and employers tell us they are looking for in their future students and employees.
Being a student at UCSF is an exhilarating and rewarding experience which will equip you to take those next steps. Myself and my team look forward to welcoming you and supporting you on your journey to your Bright future.
Mrs Laura Dodsworth