Enrichment at Blackpool Sixth

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While college life is exciting, we focus on more than just the here and now. Our enrichment programme is full of activities and events that complement our courses at Blackpool Sixth, helping you develop new skills and relevant knowledge to ensure your university or job application stands out. Sign up for our enrichment activities, and you will meet like-minded people outside of your classmates. Past students tell us their best college memories feature friends who participated in enrichment activities.

Extra-curricular at Blackpool Sixth

Extra-curricular enrichment activities at Blackpool Sixth come in two main categories:

  • 6Xtra
  • 6Advance
6xtra Timetable 6Advance Timetable


6Xtra is our extra-curricular activity programme to enrich your learning and development. It works around your weekly study timetable and is an excellent opportunity to expand an existing interest, take up a new challenge, make friends and have fun!

Our 6XTRA programme contains two sections:

Sports Academies

We have many extra-curricular sports and physical activities for students to enjoy––often, students choose to participate in more than one. You may want to be part of a successful team or simply want to join in for exercise and enjoyment. Whatever your reason, you are more than welcome to join us. We run teams in:

  • Basketball 
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Football

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Clubs and societies

We offer various clubs and societies for students to participate in, which run at lunchtimes, Wednesday afternoons and after college. Attendance is optional, but it is something you should consider. We offer activities covering musical theatre, badminton, table tennis, climbing, golf, knitting, yoga, book club, 5-s-side football, LGBT+, eco action and many more.


6Advance is a series of exciting extra-curricular ‘academies’ that enable ambitious students to prepare for university and prestigious future careers by providing participating students with excellent skill-building activities. 6Advance takes you beyond the exam curriculum, allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills in challenging contexts. On the 6Advance programme, you will learn more about leadership, collaboration, teamwork and public speaking, developing exceptional employability skills.

How 6Advance works:

Entry to 6Advance academies is selective and based on applications made in the autumn term. The academies run for the rest of the year. Students who gain access to a 6Advance academy are not required to take a 6Xtra option but can do so if they wish.

Computing Club

Upskilling in cyber security, programming skills and computational thinking.

Sixth Sense magazine

Online editorial led by student editorial team. Linked to National Shine Magazine. Read the magazine here.

European Society

A flavour of European Culture: languages, lifestyle, travel, film and music, theatre and Literature.


An academy to develop your oracy skills and political thinking.

Law Academy

Opportunities to learn about areas of the law that are not studied at A level, but are part of degree courses. Also a range of visits by guest speakers and the chance to participate in mock trials.

Mathematics Academy

Challenging problems, group activities, and interesting maths conundrums!

Mathematics Academy 2

A session looking at preparing you for entrance exams and interviews for subjects involving mathematics (e.g. maths, science, economics).

Chess Academy

Join to learn chess or extend your knowledge. Play against others and learn new tricks and skills in the game.

The Musical including Dance Academy

Audition to take part in this large-scale production. We will be looking for actors, singers and dancers, we will require weekly rehearsals after college and at lunch times so dedication is a requirement.

Film Club

Film viewing and review writing with an emphasis on world/alternative cinema. Screenings will take place over two weeks and review writing skills will be developed as part of the sessions.

Medical Society

Aimed at developing the skills necessary for successful applications and interviews for Medicine or Dentistry. This includes guest speakers, practical activities, support with work experience and UCAT preparation.

Science Academy

Looking to raise awareness of science around us and investigate and research topics that are beyond the curriculum.

Career Ready

Preparing students for the workplace and their future careers. Students gain valuable experience and employability skills.

DofE (qualification)

DoE involves helping the community/environment; becoming fitter; developing new skills; planning, training for and completing a four-day walking expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Eco-Schools Committee

This group will oversee the implementation of the Eco-Schools Programme in the college with the aim of obtaining Green Flag status by the end of the 2023-24 academic year. More information here.

There will also be opportunities to contribute to the organisation and running of the first Lancashire Youth Climate Conference.

Book Club

Curated reading lists, readalongs, challenging texts, discussions.

The academies usually run on Wednesday afternoons but may also run outside of core college hours.

Sometimes enrichment influences your course choice, and that’s OK. Studying subjects you are interested in is a sure route to success in higher education or employment. Check out our college courses at Blackpool Sixth here to find out more about our courses. Don’t miss out on our upcoming events, either! Make sure you head to our events at Blackpool Sixth page to see what’s coming up.

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