University Plus

At Blackburn College Sixth Form, our priority is to ensure that we have the support in place for our students to enable them to get the best possible results and opportunities to progress to university.

Future Leaders Programme

The Future Leaders programme offers a series of challenges to students who intend to apply for top universities and competitive careers like Medicine or Law. The Challenges include NCS, running a charity event, taking part in a Debate competition and researching a personal project. All these aim to develop individual problem solving, analytical and team skills which these universities and careers are looking for.

Pre Teaching Enrichment

Pre Teaching is an enrichment opportunity for students to find out if teaching is the vocation for them.  They will gain experience in a classroom setting and will build a   portfolio of evidence, geared to their interests in education, to take to university interview.

OxNet Programme

The OxNet programme is an intensive 12-month academic programme for year 12 pupils living in the North West, North East and London, which leads to a residential at Pembroke College at Oxford University. The course involves a mixture of study days, essays, series, Easter conferences, summer schools and talks. Blackburn College is the East Lancashire hub for local schools, collaborating to offer Year 12 pupils in our region the chance to gain skills and confidence to achieve places at top universities.

High Achievers Programme


The Sixth Form has a systematic programme of support for students who show they have the potential to apply to Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group Universities, or into careers including medicine, veterinary science, law etc.

This programme, run by a dedicated University Plus course leader, will include the development of thinking and analytical skills, directed reading from tutors and coaching in discussion and interview skills - all attributes that can help you achieve a coveted place at a world class university.


Extended Project


Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, are keen to see students carry out a research project on a topic that grips their imagination, and this is why the college offer the Extended Project to our high achieving students. The project is preparation for the kind of study that is carried out at university, giving students a great understanding of higher education. Preparation for this begins 3-4 weeks after your AS June exams, and most of the research is carried out during the summer holidays.

The project, worth an additional 16 UCAS points, takes the form of a series of lectures about research methods and skill, and students will be required to produce a 5000 word dissertation and presentation.


Academic Scholarships


Students who achieve 3 A* and 3 As (or 3 8s and 3 7s) in their GCSEs are automatically accepted onto the Academic Scholarship programme which is worth £1,000. This scholarship is offered so students can concentrate on achieving fantastic results in their Sixth Form studies, and not have to worry about a part time job. The scholarship money can go towards books, travel to university open days, and curriculum trips. There is no application process. When you enrol after GCSE results day, you will be informed that you have been accepted for an academic scholarship.


Lancaster University Partnership


The Sixth Form has had an excellent working relationship with Lancaster University for a number of years, giving our students access to advice and guidance about progressing to university. Lancaster University offer the following:

  • Guaranteed interviews to students who meet the entry criteria for their chosen course
  • Student mentors for students to find out more about their course and university life
  • Mock Interviews to help with university application procedures
  • Residentials during the summer break