At United College Sixth Form (UCSF) our aim is to ensure that all students leave us with a bright future, having secured their next steps in their career aspirations may that be in employment, an apprenticeship, further study or University.
By choosing to study here, you are giving yourself a wealth of opportunity to further your learning, your experiences and ultimately to be part a very successful Sixth Form. We ensure that throughout your time in the Sixth Form, you are given a wide range of experiences and opportunities to develop as an individual and to support you with taking the next steps into higher education, training or employment. Being a Sixth Former is a new stage of your education. It is your first step into voluntary education and your first real opportunity to thrive as a truly independent learner.
At this stage of your education, you will be studying only subjects you have chosen, teaching styles will be different and group sizes will be smaller. There will be differences over lengths of deadlines and private study, with expectations about independent study being very clear and key. There are also privileges, including business dress and your own dedicated spaces and well as key responsibilities. Remember, you are still working within a school with all the normal expectations about work, effort, behaviour and politeness.
To this extent it is what you have been used to for the past five or six years of secondary education, so one way of seeing Sixth Form Education is a continuation of a familiar ethos whilst giving you more responsibilities and privileges within which to grow towards becoming an imaginative, critical and responsible member of our community and society. You will have many opportunities, both academic and extra‐curricular during your time here and we fully recommend you seize all opportunities that you encounter. Above all, aim for:
- Excellent attendance and punctuality
- Polite, mature, respectful behaviour
- Diligent, reliable, hard work
- High standards
We have high academic expectations of all our students, expecting them to study hard both in and outside of lessons. Our systems are carefully designed to ensure that students are supported by both their teachers and the wider Sixth Form Team to ensure that they maximise their learning time and achieve their very best.
We know that transitioning from Year 11 can be a challenging time for students as well as the prospect of entering employment or University at the end of Year 13. We support the personal growth and development of our students through tutor time, PSHE, our enrichment programme and through our careers programme.
At UCSF we hope to create a culture of mutual respect, belonging and support. As part of this we run regular common room events and community events throughout the year. We have an executive leadership team consisting of a Head Boy and Head Girl, Sixth Form Committee, Tutor Captains and Sixth Form Prefects that contribute the ethos of UCSF.