Sixth Form students face great challenges as they plan their future.  They have left behind compulsory school education, although participation in some form of education is now compulsory until the age of 18, be that A levels, an apprenticeship or college course; some form of Further Education is essential for the changing job market.

Furthermore, Higher Education is changing quickly too, with tuition fees and student loans making the economic decision about whether to go to university a more difficult one than ever before.  While the long-term financial benefits of a degree may no longer appear so enticing, young people are increasingly faced with the dilemma that many employers are, nevertheless, looking for graduates to fill vacancies.  Finally, the options other than employment and Higher Education can need explanation, notably the possibility of apprenticeship. 

For all these reasons, Backwell Sixth Form places a high value on the information, support and guidance we offer our students.  We dedicate much of the sessions in our tutor and assembly programme to future planning and we have a Sixth Form Student Advisor to guide individual students. 

Most importantly, the Sixth Form Tutors and the Sixth Form Team are always available to students – and parents – to discuss the issues facing Sixth Form students.  Please use the materials provided or contact us for further support.

Sixth Form Handbook 2019-20

Post-18 Information Evening Presentation (June 2019)

Year 12 Applying to Higher Education booklet (June 2019)

Year 12 Post 18 Options (non HE) booklet (June 2019)

Year 12 Parents' Information Evening (18 September 2019)

Year 12 Key Dates and Sixth Form Contact 2019-2020

Year 13 Key Dates and Sixth Form Contact 2019-2020

16 - 19 Bursary Fund Information and Application Form 2019-20

UCAS : When Exam Results are Known (2019 Leavers)


UCAS 2020 Guide

Russell Group Guidance

Gap Year Database

Gap Year Fact Sheet




Student Finance England


Not going to university?


Year in Industry

For more apprenticeship and school leaver opportunities, please check out our Careers and Work Experience page (under Student Zone) on the school website. is a free resource for tutors, parents and for young people.  It is supported by social media and it’s mobile friendly - so if the Wi-Fi is slow one day why not get out the mobiles and take a look? It provides simple signposting direct to local opportunities in a range of careers whether you are looking for volunteering , work experience or taster days to help guide future choices.