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Welcome to our outstanding Sixth Form Centre. Achieve exceptional results; be inspired by passionate Tutors; feed your curiosity; broaden your horizons and grow as an individual at the Number 1 College in England*.  

*in the latest national Goverment achievement tables for 16-18 year olds – University – Burnley College Burnley College


Outstanding A Level Students celebrate with Principal Karen Buchanan on A Level Results Day 2023

Fion Lam opens her A Level results

Determined A Level Student Fion Lam gains the A*, A, A results she needs to read law at the University College London

Approachable Tutors share their expertise and passion for their subjects in class and individually

Talented Students broaden their horizons and discover their place in society, taking their skills and knowledge to the next level

Jess Lau celebrates A Level success achieving A*, A*, A*, A in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics and will now read Therapeutic Radiography at St George’s, University of London

Bridget Morgan achieves A* A* A

Bridget Morgan celebrates A Level success achieving 2 A* grades in Psychology and Physical Education and 1 A grade in English Language and will now read Law at the University of York




We’re here to help.

At Burnley College we want to make sure you have all the information you need to start thinking about your future. So our amazing School Liaison Team have created an unrivalled online resource to help you with your choices after GCSEs.

Plus you can ask them anything! They’ll have the answers you need.

Whatever your dreams are for the future – we’re here to help.


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Outstanding results make dreams come true

Every year, we are proud to celebrate alongside our students as they achieve outstanding results in their A Level, Vocational and T Level studies.

Take your place at one of the UK’s top universities

Our students’ exceptional results allow them to choose their ideal course at top universities, including the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.


A Level Pass Rate


Of students achieved at least one top A Level A*- B grade


Of students achieved at least one high A Level A*- C grade


Vocational Pass Rate for the 20th consecutive year

Experience Burnley College Sixth Form Centre

Whatever your vision for the future – there’s a place for you at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre – and we want to offer you the chance to discover just what that looks like.

We’re looking forward to meeting you soon!


Applications now open for our additional T Levels

Our exciting T Level courses will provide you with the expertise; the practical skills and workplace experience to feed your curiosity and prepare you to take the next step towards a successful, rewarding career or university-level study.

If you’re passionate about Science or Healthcare; Construction; Digital; Education or Engineering these could be the ideal option for you after GCSEs.

T Levels


Qualifications explained

We will work with you on an individual basis to find the perfect route for you after GCSEs. A route that matches your learning style and will help make your dreams come true.



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Impartial, high-quality, industry-informed careers advice and guidance

We want to empower all of our learners to make informed choices about their future. That’s why we have created a special programme which runs throughout the academic year designed to create and maximise opportunities for Students.

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School Leaver

What are my options when I leave school?

Ultimately your options are limitless. If you have the passion and determination to succeed and are willing to work hard, you have multiple options available to you. Progressing onto Further Education opens that selection even wider.

There are four main routes you can take – A Levels, Vocational Qualification, an Apprenticeship or T Levels.

A Levels, which are the more “traditional” exam-based qualifications. You will be expected to take at least three A Levels which are more classroom-based than other forms of higher-education. They’re sometimes referred to as “Academic Qualifications” and can be seen as a route to university – although that is no longer the case.

Vocational qualifications are courses like BTECs which are the equivalent of three A Levels but are taken in one subject. A vocational qualification will have more practical-based learning and will see you spend less time doing traditional classroom-based learning.

An Apprenticeship is a way to earn while you learn. You will be employed by a company and learn on-the-job, while your learning is supported, usually with one day per week at College. It’s a great way to get real world experience and ensure you’re learning the latest techniques and skills.

T Levels are the most recent addition to the world of education. These strike a balance between academic-style learning and Apprenticeships. On a T Level course you will spend time in College and also have a minimum 45 day placement at a company directly related to your chosen career pathway.

School Leaver

Do I have to do A Levels to go to university?

No. It’s a myth. Many of our Vocational and Technical courses will reward you with the same number of UCAS Points (a way which allows universities to compare people who have done very different courses) as 3 A Levels – which is plenty to get into university.

It’s essential you make sure in advance this is the case though. Our School Liaison Team will be able to help. Email [email protected] or call 01282 733373.

School Leaver

What is the best pathway for me?

There’s no “one size fits all” answer for this question. It depends on many things including what your career aspirations are, what exam results you are predicted and the ones you finally achieve, and most importantly, how you like to study.

It’s always best to get personalised advice on potential educational pathways and we have that available for you all year round. Talk to our expert, approachable and friendly School Liaison Team all year round. Email [email protected] or call 01282 733373.

School Leaver

How do I apply for a course or courses at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre?

Completing your application is simple. The easiest way is to use the “Course Search” function at the top of this page, find the course you’re interested in, click “Apply” and follow the instructions.

You can also come and apply in person or at an Open Evening, which take place from September all the way through until February.


Discover more at Burnley College

Stay active, achieve more

We’re serious about the benefits sports and fitness can bring to all aspects of life and can help you find the perfect activity to suit your needs and goals.

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Honours Society

Stand head and shoulders above the rest when applying to study at the UK’s top universities – including the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

Honours society

Extra-Curricular Activities

Broaden your horizons, discover a new passion, make friends and grow in confidence through an eclectic range of exciting and educational activities.


Year 10/11 Programmes

Make a headstart and discover more about your favourite subjects and gain vital experience to talk about in your College interview.

BC Programmes

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