About Blackpool Sixth

Blackpool Sixth is the Fylde Coast’s leading provider of A Levels and BTEC courses for 16-19 year olds. Students are able to put together a programme which exactly matches their interests and future ambitions. 

With a choice of over 60 advanced level options, specialist teaching and fantastic facilities, Blackpool Sixth gives all its students the perfect springboard to higher education and great careers.

Outreach programmes

Blackpool Sixth offers schools an extensive programme of outreach and engagement activities. Our School Liaison team co-ordinates this programme and delivers a wide range of activities relating to progression, careers education and personal development. Our nine curriculum departments also contribute to the links programme through offering subject-focused tasters, masterclasses and specially themed events.

Jon McLeod

Head of Admissions, Liaison and Marketing

Helen Thornley

Deputy Head of Admissions, Liaison and Marketing with particular responsibility for school liaison

Nicola Kelly

Assistant head of Admissions, Liaison and Marketing with particular responsibility for marketing

John Turnbull

Admissions manager

Rebecca Lovell

Admissions Officer

Caroline Cameron

Marketing and Liaison Officer

Kayleigh Hall

Marketing and Liaison Officer

George Wilson

Marketing and Liaison Officer

Patrick Hitie

Marketing Assistant


We give extensive advice and guidance about our applications and admissions process including detailed information about how to apply, course combinations, entry requirements and our enrolment process.

For enquiries – admissions@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk

School Liaison and Marketing

The team aims to promote the fantastic opportunities offered to students at Blackpool Sixth. We work closely with schools and the community, supporting students with their post-16 education and career choices. 

We give information, advice and guidance to young people and their families about all aspects of student life at Blackpool Sixth including the courses we offer, the extensive support for our students, the extra-curricular activities and our fantastic facilities.

We offer a variety of activities in schools for students to encourage them to explore their options for the future. We work with school staff to help facilitate links with staff at Blackpool Sixth either in curriculum areas or support teams.

Events in Schools

Careers education and personal development activities

The School Liaison team can offer a wide range of sessions and activities covering important aspects of careers education as well as broader personal development areas. These can be tailored in terms of subject matter, length and year group or ability group and can be offered in school or in college.

Typical sessions offered include:

– Thinking about option choices (Year 8 & 9)

– Post-16 study choices, focusing on A levels and vocational courses

– Career pathways

– Events for academically able students regarding our Excellence Programme

– Information about university and higher training

– Creating CVs and making applications

– Mock interviews

Preparation for post-GCSE transition 

Our team offers a package of information and support to help students decide if Blackpool Sixth is the right choice for them and if so what their study programme should be. 

This package includes: 

Assembly presentations in school

These are designed to encourage students to think about post-GCSE options and learn about the opportunities Blackpool Sixth can offer.

Information, advice and guidance sessions in school

Presentations or interactive sessions about post-GCSE options and careers. The sessions give students information about the opportunities offered to them by Blackpool Sixth and beyond and they are designed to promote high aspirations and to motivate students to plan ahead. 

‘Drop in’/ ‘Application support’ sessions in school

Members of our team can come into school to be available for an informal chat with students about Blackpool Sixth, our application process and career progression. We can support individuals or small groups who need help with their course choices or with completing their application.

Other liaison activities

The School Liaison team is always happy to help wherever possible with school-based events such as personal development days, careers days/evenings and parents’ evenings.

College Events

We arrange events in college to enable people to come and see Blackpool Sixth for themselves and to give prospective students an opportunity to sample our courses via taster sessions. 


Open Events

Blackpool Sixth has two Saturday Open Days during the Autumn term and an Open Evening in the Spring Term.

Our next open event will be held on

Wednesday 27th April

5.30pm – 7.30 pm


Taster events at Blackpool Sixth

With the support of curriculum departments, the School Liaison team is able to offer taster activities across our full course range. These can be bespoke sessions delivered in school or college by our staff or can be part of larger-scale taster events. 

Each year we run a Taster Day in January and a series of after school taster sessions in March giving applicants the opportunity to sample some of our courses.

Taster Day 2022

This year the Taster Day is on Saturday 12th March 2022.

March Tasters 2022

The March tasters will run on Wednesday 16th March and Wednesday 23rd March 4.00pm – 5.00pm. Bookings will open at the end of January 2022.

New Student Day 2022

In early July, when all the GCSEs have been completed, applicants are invited to spend a whole day in college. They are able to choose subjects to sample during the day, enjoy musical entertainment and a barbecue and gain an insight into student life at Blackpool Sixth.

This year our New Student Day will be on Tuesday 5th July 2022

Visits to college/campus tours for students and staff

We can provide a campus tour for students and/or staff and can combine this with an interactive session introducing Blackpool Sixth, our study programmes, support services, enrichment and wider opportunities for students. We can often help with transport and refreshments and some visits can be combined with curriculum-based taster sessions for students.

‘Meet the students’ events

School students can come into Blackpool Sixth to meet with some of our students to learn more about the college from a student perspective. 

School students can meet some of our students who are studying subjects they are interested in and/or they can meet college ambassadors, members of the student council or members of other college clubs and societies to find out about the range of extra curricular opportunities offered at Blackpool Sixth.

The Excellence Programme

Academically able students

Blackpool Sixth has extensive provision for high achieving students. This includes our Excellence Programme which has been specially created to support our most academically able students in their studies and prepare them for entry to the most selective universities in the UK and abroad. We offer school students the opportunity to come into Blackpool Sixth for inspiring and informative events and activities such as our Leadership & Excellence event, subject-specific masterclasses and presentations from universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support

Our team works extensively with Blackpool Sixth’s Additional Learning Support team to facilitate the transition of students with additional support needs, looked-after children and other vulnerable students.