Hartlepool Sixth Form College, also known as Brinkburn Sixth Form College or 6fc, is one of fewer than 100 specialist sixth form colleges (for ages 16-19) in England.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College has the widest choice of academic courses at level 3 (A level, AS level, Applied A level and BTEC) in the area and in the last five years has the highest pass rate at A level in the Tees Valley. In 2008 the College recorded a CVA (Contextual Value Added) score of 1033, which placed it in the top 5% of institutions in the country. For the last four years the College has also recruited students from China, attracted to the College because of its students success in A level results and university applications. It got outstanding A level results in 2008 – well above the England average. The average A Level pass rate for the College over the last 5 years is 99.4% which is unsurpassed by any other local institution (though other local institutes may have lower pass rates but higher average grades per student). Furthermore, the Religious Studies and ICT course are Number 1 in the country 2009 (Value Added).
The College has a strong partnership with the University of Sunderland and offers the first year of a fully qualifying law degree (unique among sixth form colleges), a fact that demonstrates the strength of the College’s Law department. Starting in September 2008, the Law Department also offers a Foundation Degree in Law.
The college has recently undergone significant expansion and improvement with a £24.5 million new build which will be attached to the Merchant’s House by means of an atrium. The atrium leads off to a new theatre and performing arts facility; media studies and film studies rooms including a TV studio and radio station; new art studios and photography suite; new student common room; bistro cafeteria; music studio and practice rooms; music technology and recording studio and purpose-built teaching rooms for the humanities and social science subjects. The second phase of the build, completed in the summer of 2010, houses science and maths classrooms; childcare and health and social care classrooms; ICT classrooms; PE and Sports Science facilities including a county class Sports Hall and fitness suite.
Address: Brinkburn, Blakelock Road, Hartlepool. TS25 5PF
Telephone: 01429 294444