Appleton College Student Information

Student Information

Becoming a Sixth Form Student at Appleton College

Appleton College is a distinct but well integrated part of Bridgewater High School. There are around 200 students in the Sixth Form who access their own common room, café, study area and ICT suite. Most students follow four courses at AS in Year 12, then take three A levels in their second year.

What can I expect as a Sixth Form Student at Appleton College?

As a student of Appleton College you are entitled to care, respect and consideration from your teachers and other students. They are entitled to the same from you. You will be encouraged to realise your maximum potential. You can also expect the following:

  • Excellent teaching from experienced teachers
  • An experienced and dedicated team of tutors
  • Support for individual students through our personalised curriculum
  • Individual subject support from experienced subject teachers
  • Equality of opportunity for all students irrespective of gender, ethnicity, disability or religion
  • Access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with interactive learning
  • Access to a well equipped study area complete with ICT facilities
  • Proactive and rigorous monitoring of student attendance and progress
  • Regular links with parents through parents’ evenings and interim reports
  • A varied programme of extra curricular activities
  • High quality advice and guidance for university, further education or employment
  • An extensive programme of business enterprise initiatives
  • Opportunities for work experience and work shadowing


Appleton College works on building excellent relationships with its students based on mutual respect. Sixth Form study at Appleton College is a stepping stone from the tight structures of GCSE to the independence of study at university or the world of work. We set high standards for our Sixth Form students in terms of:

Excellent attendance and punctuality

We expect you to arrive to school on time and that you achieve a minimum of 95% attendance.

Effective use of Private Study Work

outside of lessons is essential for success at any course in the Sixth Form, both in school and at home. There will be times during the day when you have no timetabled lesson with a teacher. At this time you need to plan your own work effectively. This will normally involve working in the Sixth Form study area. The ability to study independently is a key skill for those who continue to University. We expect our students to spend between 2 and 3 hours working at home each evening.

Active participation

There are number of opportunities for students at Appleton College. We encourage each student to balance their academic studies with other activities on offer, either as part of our Enrichment Programme or elsewhere.

A positive role model

Being a student at Appleton College has its responsibilities. Each student has the opportunity to influence younger members of the school by their conduct and their willingness to take on responsibility for others, for example as a Peer Mentor, Subject Mentor, as a member of the Sixth Form Student Council or by helping with a club or an activity.

Dress Code

Post 16 students are viewed as important role models for the student community as a whole. You are expected to dress in a smart manner at all times.

Part-time employment

Some students will be eager to find part-time employment. It is strongly recommended that this should be limited to a maximum of nine hours a week. Careful management of your time will be necessary to ensure an appropriate balance between the demands of the courses and other activities. A failure to achieve a balance will seriously affect your chances.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are A Levels?

The UK’s highly respected national exam system for 16-18 year olds. The most common admission route to UK universities.

What is The BTEC Specialist Pathway in Performing Arts?

This is an exciting opportunity for students who wish to combine a BTEC National Course with an A level.

How many courses do I take?

In addition to 4 A level courses, you will also take General Studies AS in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13. There is also the opportunity to complete the Extended Project.

What are the entry requirements?

If you want to study A levels or the BTEC Specialist Pathway you must have the equivalent of at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above or equivalent qualifications. Specific subjects may ask for a minimum of a grade B in selected GCSEs.

What if I make the wrong choice?

Despite all the advice and thought given to your choice of A levels some students find that they have chosen the ‘wrong’ subject. It is possible to transfer to another subject dependent upon numbers and timetabling. The deadline for any changes is usually October half term.

How do I choose my subjects?

With a choice of so many subjects it may be difficult to choose just three or four. Ask yourselves the following questions:

  • Do I have a specific career or university in mind?
  • Which subjects do I enjoy?
  • What am I good at?
  • What does the subject involve?
  • Which subjects combine together well?
  • Do I know enough about the subject to make the right choice?

If this is confusing there is plenty of help available. You can ask the teachers, Head of Sixth Form, Sixth Form Tutors and parents for advice.

How do I find out more?

In the Autumn term each year the Appleton College Open Evening is held. This provides the opportunity to find out more about each subject by talking to the teachers and picking up detailed subject leaflets. The evening also provides information about the various opportunities at Appleton College