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FAQ's

What do you feel makes the college different from others?

  • Being a smaller college, we take great pride in being able to know each of our students personally. Each member of the Sixth Form Leadership Team teaches an A Level subject and one is always available to students throughout the day. We work closely with students in helping them apply for both apprenticeships and degree courses.

How do I decide which subjects to pick?

  • There are a number of points to think about when it comes to choosing your A Level subjects. It is important to pick subjects that you enjoy and feel that you can do well in. Think carefully about the target grades you have for your GCSEs and then look at the requirements we have for accessing specific A Levels. Speak to your teachers and ask them whether they think you will be able to do well in their subject at A Level. If you already have long term goals in mind, such as studying for Dentistry or Medicine then it is likely that you will need to study Chemistry and Biology.

Do I have to pass an interview to get into sixth form?

  • No. We like to meet all of those students who apply to study in the Sixth Form but this is not a test. It is your chance to meet a member of the team and ask any questions you may have in person.

What if I do not meet the grade requirements for my chosen A Levels?

  • Whatever your GCSE grades we encourage you to speak with our Sixth Form staff who will be happy to discuss your options. Every application to study with us is reviewed on an individual basis. You can telephone the team on 01472 500505.

Can I visit the sixth form to view the site?

  • We are happy to meet students and parents or carers on site and provide them with a tour of our facilities and ask questions in person. The ability to offer this is dependent upon government lockdown instructions.

Can I meet the A Level teachers in advance?

  • The Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening allows you to see a large number of the staff who teach A Level lessons. In addition, we are running Virtual Curriculum Discussions between Monday 30 November and Friday 11 December. This will allow you to ask questions to curriculum experts in real time. For more information and the booking form please see the link on the Virtual Open Evening.

What if I change my mind about subject options?

  • Do not worry; many students change their minds after receiving their GCSE results. We are very happy to discuss any options you are considering.

How will I enrol in August?

  • You can enrol anytime from receiving your GCSE results on Friday 27 August, 2021.
  • Members of the Sixth Form Leadership Team will be available should you wish to enrol in person at Tollbar Academy. Representatives of the Sixth Form will be present at other MAT Academies to guide you through the enrolment procedure.
  • Should you wish to enrol from home you are welcome to email the team on enquiries@tollbarmatsixthform.co.uk. In your email you should include:
    • Details of your GCSE results
    • Your chosen A Level subjects

My friend told me you do enrichment. What does that mean?

  • A Level study is meant to help you develop as a person. It is not just about studying. We encourage all of our students to find their own enrichment activities to help broaden their experiences. In the past students have volunteered as classroom assistants in both primary and secondary schools; carried out charity work in college and shadowed professionals in their businesses.

Do I have to go to university after doing A levels?

No. Although A Levels are traditionally seen as a passport to university, every year students from Tollbar MAT Sixth Form also go on to start high level apprenticeships as well as entering the world of work. Our specialist careers counsellor can advise on the pathways open to you.

How will I be supported in making progress following my experiences of Covid disruption?

  • In response to the challenges students have faced in the current academic year, Tollbar MAT Sixth Form has increased its contact curriculum time with students. This ensures that you have access to specialist staff who can provide you with guidance and support. In addition to this, the Sixth Form team run assemblies and seminars that offer advice on effective study strategies. Moreover, as a smaller Sixth Form we are able to respond to the needs of both individual students and year groups.

Will I have to wear a uniform?

  • No.

What financial assistance is there for students?

  • Every student is encouraged to apply for the bursary scheme. For those that qualify payments are made directly to the student on a monthly basis. Students can then decide how they use that money.

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Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Principal

Caroline L Yates BA (Hons).
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