Learning and Skills Beacon status provides public recognition of the excellence and innovation which exists within the further education system. This prestigious award celebrates learning providers that deliver outstanding teaching and learning. Excellent leadership and management is also a defining feature of all Beacons. It is for providers funded by the Learning and Skills Council and inspected by the Office for Standards in education (OFSTED). (Taken from the Learning and Skills Beacon Status Web Site)
Oldham Sixth Form College is a comprehensive sixth form college based in Oldham, Manchester. The College caters for around 2,000 full-time 16-19 year olds and employs 140 teaching staff. Course programmes on offer include A/AS level programmes, GCSE courses and a full range of vocational education and training.
Oldham Sixth Form College's A/AS level programme covers 46 course subjects ranging from History, Psychology and Fine Art to Electronics, Dance and German. In 2007, Oldham Sixth Form College achieved an overall GCE A Level pass (A* -E) rate of 99%.
Oldham Sixth Form College's GCSE courses are provided for students who wish to improve their GCSE qualifications before progressing to a level 3 programme. The programme covers 6 subjects ranging from English and Maths to Media Studies.
Oldham Sixth Form College's vocational education programme covers 8 vocational areas. Courses are offered at level 2 and level 3 and range from ICT, Business and Health and Social Care to Sport.
Oldham Sixth Form College's mission is 'to provide the highest quality education for students in Oldham and the local area so that they are equipped to the very best of their abilities to move into Higher Education or employment'.
General telephone number: 0161 287 8000
Date awarded Beacon status: April 2005
Contact: Peter Roberts - Vice Principal.
Government Priority: Developing specialised curriculums and excellence in delivering teaching, training and learning.
Government Priority: The effectiveness of collaborative activities in relation to 14-19 goals.
Government Priority: progression to HE, particularly for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.