Sixth Form

Students who have achieved the entry criteria for Bishop Milner Catholic Sixth Form can select a range of Level 3 qualifications which include A Level subjects and Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificates.  Students have support from staff in one to one guidance supporting them to choose the most appropriate course for them. 

Bishop Milner Catholic Sixth Form are proud to offer our students the opportunity to study a range of subjects, in small teaching classes, with a variety of teaching styles, within a supportive environment.  Students feel secure in these groups and develop the confidence to join discussions, express opinions and practice their thinking skills needed for success at Post 16 and in the future at university or in the world of work.

Upon registration students will be given a transition booklet for the courses of their choice in order to support the change between GCSE and A Level studies. The expectation is that a number of activities and reading takes place before the start of the school year. Students will be provided with this information in the summer term or during the school holiday. For any students new to Bishop Milner Catholic College the same information and readings will also be supplied.

However, as a Catholic Sixth Form these academic qualifications form only part of our Sixth Form programme in order to develop our students ‘God given talents’ (motto).  Students are given the opportunity to develop their faith in tutor time 20 minutes each day through prayer, and in weekly assemblies with their peers. They also have weekly PSHE sessions focusing on transition to sixth form, managing Guided Learning time (independent study) and workload, how to stay safe, mindfulness, completing UCAS/apprenticeship applications and preparing our students for life in modern Britain. 

Year 12 and 13 students have 5 timetabled one-hour sessions in the Sixth Form Study, which is supervised by staff who are on hand to offer support and guidance where needed. The remainder of students’ time can be spent completing enrichment activities in college such as participating in sporting activities, being a Teaching Assistant, contributing to the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, achieving The Duke of Edinburgh Award, engaging in social action through being a member of the John Paul II group, or being actively involved in the Head Student Team.  These activities help to develop team work and improve leadership skills.

Sixth Form students are also invited to participate in the Extended Project Qualification.  This qualification is awarded UCAS points which can enhance future university applications.  The EPQ gives students a chance to write an essay on a topic of their choice developing skills of analysis, research, evaluation and self-reflection.

Students also have regular access to CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) sessions which help them plan for future career aspirations.  In Year 12 they will undertake work experience as part of their time in sixth form, and all students are supported by Miss Wilkins in finding meaningful work experience to support either future UCAS or apprenticeship applications in order to prepare them for their post-18 choices. Students complete one week of work experience in the final week of Year 12 although the process of preparing for this begins in September of Year 12 through PSHE, Sixth Form assemblies and ‘Future Fridays’ careers talks.  Tutors, and the Sixth Form Leadership Team are on hand to offer support.

Students’ effort and achievements are closely monitor through regular assessments, homework and tasks for Guided Learning lessons. Each subject teacher completes termly SOPs (Summary of progress reviews) to identify progress and assess whether students can achieve their OPT (Optimum Personal Target based on GCSE results).  These SOPs are analysed by the Senior Team, Heads of Departments, subject teachers and the Sixth Form Leadership team.  This information is shared with parents/carers. Any student experiencing difficulties or who is below OPT will be offered support and monitoring.  There are also two Parents’ Evenings (one for each year group in sixth form), an annual report and information evenings supporting transition, work experience and UCAS application.

Some students may need to take Maths or English GCSE resits and will be supported through this process.  Students with a Special Educational Need or a disability are encouraged to speak to our SEN team.

At the heart of our sixth form is our belief that our students are leaders of the future.  Their experience in our sixth form should help them develop confidence, character and resilience to help them pursue their interests in the future and make a positive contribution to society in line with the ethos of our Catholic College.   

A Level Subjects offered in Bishop Milner Catholic Sixth Form 2019-2020

Art and Design   (Yr 13)
English Literature
Film Studies
Photography (Yr 13)
Philosophy and Ethics
Sociology (Yr 13)

Level 3 BTEC Certificate

Applied Business
Applied Law
Physical Education

The offer may be subject to change each year depending on student need and appropriate course numbers.

For details of our A Level courses and potential career opportunities please download our Bishop Milner Sixth Form prospectus 2020.

Resources for Parents/Carers:
Y12 Parents Induction Evening Presentation (September 2019)

Sixth Form Enrichment:
6th Form Enrichment Poster

Sixth Form Open Evening (November 2019)
Sixth form open evening presentation