Post 16 learning: Blackpool Sixth Form College open evening will include employers and universities

Helping your child choose what to study – and where – for post-16 education is an important, and difficult, task. But help is at hand at this event here in Blackpool which is much more than your average open evening.
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Whether you’re a parent or carer, or a student thinking about next steps, then Blackpool Sixth Form College Open Evening is one not to miss. As well as finding out more about the college, there will be the chance to speak to employers and universities about what subjects to pick now, to help you get to where you want to be in the future.

It’s never too early to start thinking about career pathways and study opportunities. With so much choice and constant changes in the world of work and qualifications, it can seem a bit of a minefield.

But the open evening will help cut through the confusion and assist you and your child to discover the pathways available to them with opportunities not just to talk to staff and students at the college but to invited employers and universities too.

Invest for your future

Investing in education is the best investment you can make. Lifetime earnings for people who stay on in education and take higher qualifications are much higher than for those who don’t. For those who go to university, for example, lifetime earnings are predicted to be on average £100,000 more even when loans and fees are taken into account. (click the link here for more).

The world of work is changing rapidly because of technologies such as AI. Higher level skills and the transferable skills you can get from courses like A levels, BTECs and T Levels can prepare you for this.

University is a great option for ensuring that you can enter the most sought-after professional career areas. Apprenticeships, too, are a good option but you don’t have to rush into them. The best opportunities, including degree level apprenticeships are only open to those who have obtained further qualifications after 16.

Save the date – Blackpool Sixth Open Evening

The first step is to explore more about the opportunities at 16. Blackpool Sixth is holding a Building Futures Open Evening and Careers Showcase on 24th April, between 5.30 - 8 pm.

You can sign up now to attend the event here

About the open evening

This will include the opportunity to find out more about all of the subject areas (over 50 courses) - academic (A Level) and vocational BTEC, T Levels and others.

We will also have employers, universities and higher level apprenticeship providers in different areas of the curriculum to talk to you about how you can follow up your course at Blackpool Sixth with the career and further study opportunities they offer. The areas covered will include medicine/healthcare, law, business, finance/banking, media, creative arts.

Former students will also be on hand who are forging ahead in their careers in a wide range of career areas.

“We will be forever grateful for making our daughter’s time with you her happiest, and certainly her most successful period in education.” Parent feedback

“Blackpool Sixth has been really great in challenging me to expand my thinking and read more complex texts. I had help through the whole process and feel that I was really well supported.” Student feedback about achieving her offer from Cambridge University

About Blackpool Sixth

Blackpool Sixth Form College offers the perfect transition from school to the world of work or higher education. It is a modern building with a modern outlook – students here are treated as the adults they will soon become, giving them freedoms and responsibilities which will set them in good stead for the future.

It expects high standards from its students and the result show in the qualifications gained. Not all students are studying at A-Level, there are courses for T-Levels and diplomas too.

Rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas, the college has been praised for its inclusivity and pastoral care for students. It can help those with additional learning needs, for example it is highly experienced in supporting students from across the autistic spectrum or who may need extra support due to dyslexia.

The modern building and layout is more like a university than a traditional school or college – making it a perfect stepping stone to further study. There are four catering outlets for example – even a Costa coffee shop on site.

Students and staff will be on first name terms, and there’s no uniform to wear. The college works with a wide range of partners – including employers and universities, many of whom will be at the open day. These partnerships mean students can benefit from work placements during their studies here too.

The excellent facilities on site include modern, well equipped sports centres and pitches and a gym, a professional standard theatre, recording studio, creative media studios including video production suites.

Extra-curricular activities are very much encouraged and the college aims to provide a well-rounded education and experience to prepare each and every student for whatever step they wish to take next.

Sign up now to attend the event here