Sixth Form at Victoria College Belfast

The Sixth Form is a vibrant hub within our school where enthusiastic and talented 16 to 18 year old girls mature and rise to the new challenges and opportunities that this stage of their education provides: taking responsibility for their own learning, growing in confidence and developing key skills. In Sixth Form, most pupils study 4 AS subjects and continue with at least 3 A2 subjects in preparation for higher education. Over 95% of Year 14 pupils gain admission to their selected university courses.

A comprehensive enrichment programme for all Year 13 pupils offers a range of extra-curricular subjects including Critical Thinking, Film Studies, Digital Photography and European Studies which complement the core curriculum and promote independent learning, helping to develop each pupil’s thinking skills and personal capabilities. 

Outstanding Academic Performance

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Reasons to choose Victoria College for your Sixth Form study:

  • Academic Success: high achieving all girls learning environment
  • Wide range of subjects offered
  • Excellent relationships between staff and pupils
  • Substantial Enrichment Programme
  • Extensive extra-curricular provision
  • Excellent Careers advice and guidance 
  • Focussed UCAS preparation

Students meet regularly with their form teacher, who acts as a mentor; ensuring they are meeting their personal targets whilst fully immersing themselves in the community life of the school. Girls flourish in an environment of challenge, encouragement and possibility. 

Sixth Form provides an excellent opportunity for personal development and is an ideal bridge from school life to the wider world of university and employment. At Victoria College, hard work in the classroom is matched by passion on the sports field, in extra-curricular activities and by commitment to the wider school community. The Enrichment Programme along with social and whole school activities provides a necessary break from academic rigour which is important in the development of well-rounded and happy young people. 

All members of the Sixth Form are key figures in our school community and develop leadership skills as role models to younger pupils. We have a growing Mentoring Programme through which sixth form pupils assist younger members of the school community with their Maths and Science on a one-to-one basis. Year 13 pupils may choose to go through the rigorous selection process to become a School Prefect. Together the Prefects form the Senior School Council and play an active role throughout the school community. 

Through a wide range of courses the College endeavours to meet the needs of all our Sixth Form pupils and initially offers a free choice of four preferred subjects. To view the courses on offer at AS and A level, click here.

In addition to the above curricular options, a wide-ranging Enrichment Programme for all Year 13 pupils offers a choice of additional study including Survival Cookery, Holiday Spanish, Voluntary Services, Film Studies, Young Enterprise, Baking, Yoga, Critical Thinking and Philosophy. Additionally, all pupils in Years 13 and 14 follow a non-examination programme in Careers Guidance.

While we strongly encourage all of our Year 12 pupils to return to the College to pursue their Sixth Form studies, applications from pupils who wish to transfer to Victoria College from other schools are welcomed. Prospective sixth form pupils must meet strict entry requirements and must be determined to maintain a high level of academic achievement and commitment throughout their time in the Sixth Form, striving at all times to produce work and results that they are proud of. Entry to 6th Form is dependent on achieving a minimum of 7 GCSEs at grade C or higher, including English and Mathematics with a grade B or better required in those subjects to be taken at AS level. Full details on the criteria for transfer into Year 13 in September, including those interested in attending the College who currently live outside Northern Ireland are included in the Sixth Form Subject booklet.

 

Prospectus

For more information on Sixth Form, see our Prospectus.