Top Tips for applying to The Sheffield Sixth Form


We have a wide range of qualifications available for you, from vocational study programmes to A Levels and Apprenticeships! With such a choice, it’s important that you decide on something that is right for you.

Each type of qualification has different features which will affect how and where you study. Take note of these as it’ll make a big difference to you:

Study programmes

  • full-time study
  • job-specific technical qualifications
  • develop your skills in facilities that are the same as in the workplace
  • career experience


  • employed in a full-time job
  • typically attend college one day a week to complete your qualification
  • learn on the job
  • earn a wage

A Levels

  • full-time study
  • study 3 or 4 subjects to tailor your learning to your career pathway
  • exam and coursework assessments
  • exclusive facilities in the city centre


If you’re unsure of your next steps when leaving school, please don’t worry! We have a dedicated, and award-winning, Careers Advice Team who are on hand to help you achieve your dream career by providing information, advice and guidance.

The Careers Advice Team are also on hand to advise you about any free training or extra qualifications that become available which could help you further your career.

You can find out more about the support available and how they can help you with your career planning here.

We also have a fantastic Student Support Team, who are always on hand to help you with any questions, concerns, or problems that you might face whilst at college. Whether you require financial support, need to discuss childcare options, or want advice on the best travel options, this is the team to talk to before you start. You can find out more about the support available here.


Whether you want to join one of our sports teams, become a part of our Students’ Union, find out more about our many clubs, trips and societies or just college life in general, you can find all the information you need here.


After you have found the perfect programme for you, click on the qualification that you are interested in and hit the ‘click here to apply’ button.

You will then be directed to our application portal where you will need to create an account before applying - this will allow you to return to your application if you can’t finish it in one go and communicate with our Admissions Team.

Once you have your account you will then start the application process. You will be asked to fill in things such as your personal details, education history and qualifications. If you haven't got your results yet, don’t panic! Please enter your predicted grades instead. Don't forget to include your email address and phone number as our Admissions Team may need to contact you about your application.

Once you've entered your details hit send to submit your application!


Once you’ve submitted your application, just sit back and relax! Our Admissions Team will send you an email to confirm we have received your application and from there we’ll start processing it. In busy periods, this can take a few days, so don’t panic if you don’t receive a message straight away.

We process all applications within 14 days of receiving them but if you have any concerns, please contact our Admissions Team via


If you meet the entry requirements for your chosen study programme, we’ll make you an offer! We’ll arrange a time for a telephone interview where we’ll take a few more bits of information about you interests and what you hope to achieve. If an interview or audition is required, we’ll contact you and inform you of dates, timings, and locations.

You'll be able to choose a date and time that suits you best using the Admissions Portal. If you are unable to attend any of the available slots, please contact our Admissions Team.


We’ll keep in touch with you through the summer, giving you advice about student support, transport, finances, and other useful tips to help you prepare for starting with us. You can also keep up to date with us via our social media channels:

Instagram - @sheffcol

Twitter - @sheffcol

Facebook - @TheSheffieldCollege

If any of your personal details or course preferences change before starting with us, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting our Admissions Team and we can help you move forward or apply for something else.


Before you start studying at The Sheffield College, you will have the opportunity to attend a sector-based Open Day. This is a great opportunity to get a real taste of what your study programme involves and what the college is like before enrolling. Our sector-based Open Days give you the chance to see what we have to offer for yourself and gain support in planning your route into the career you want. Dates for our sector-specific Open Days in 2022 are below:

Tuesday 1st February – Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing industries

Thursday 24th February – Hospitality, Travel, Health, Education and Care industries

Monday 14th March – Academic studies and Professional industries, and Inclusion

Wednesday 20th April – Animal Care, Land-based, Sport and Protective Services industries

Wednesday 27th April – Creative and Design industries

To book your place at one of our Open Days, access our Virtual Open Days, and for all the latest information, please click here.

We look forward to welcoming you!