Welcome to the Sixth Form Academy
Studying A Levels at College will be similar to school in some ways, including timetabled classroom lessons and access to specialist facilities. Academic performance and attendance are monitored, parents will have the opportunity to attend parents evening and progress reports will also be sent home. However, there are also key differences between school and college.
As specialists in sixth form education, we offer over 40 A Level subjects in almost any combination. Lessons are delivered by subject experts many of whom have PhDs in their subject area. With so many choices available, we provide specialist subject advice and guidance at all stages in the application process. We want to make sure students are on the right course, and we go to great lengths to make sure this is the case. Once an application is submitted students will receive an interview with a subject specialist who will further advise them on subject combinations. There may also be a further opportunity for students to change subjects after they have started the course after speaking to one of the Sixth Form Academy management team.
Our general entry requirements for studying AS levels are a minimum of six GCSEs at grade C or above. Some subjects also have specific entry requirements – please refer to our subject entry requirements chart for more detail.
In the first year, most students will study three AS levels plus the Welsh Baccalaureate. For each AS/A level subject, students receive four and a half hours of formal timetabled lessons plus a dedicated two-hour tutorial slot with a personal tutor. Within the Sixth Form Academy, we take student support and guidance seriously and our personal tutor plays a key role in your life at College. You will have regular contact with your personal tutor and they will be on hand to support and guide you at College and help you decide upon your future plans. Subject lecturers provide specific advice and set aspirational targets in preparation for examinations. Additionally, homework and self-directed study are vital for students’ success. Many lecturers will also offer revision support and drop in workshops outside of normal timetabled lessons. The College has an outstanding library and state-of-the-art learning resource facilities to help with this.
Student Services provides a range of information, support and guidance to ensure the wellbeing of students including information about student finance, transport access to a careers advisor and counselling services. Student Services offer drop-in sessions with study coaches and access a variety of practical academic workshops. Students can also access a study skills coach within the Sixth Form Academy.
The Sixth Form Academy offers many opportunities for students to stretch themselves intellectually. The UK Maths Challenge and Biology Olympiad competitions stretch maths and science students beyond the curriculum. All students receive specific help and support with completing UCAS applications and preparing for interviews. Students who are interested in applying for competitive courses such as Medicine/Dentistry and Veterinary Science and applying to Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities, will receive expert advice from guest lecturers and university academics. Students also have the chance to visit Oxford University to experience life at a top university. Students with an excellent academic profile may also be eligible to apply for our Gifted and Talented excellence Programme and SEREN hub network where they will be exposed to a range of stretch and challenge master classes designed to enhance their application to top universities.
The Sixth Form Academy offers a wide range of full- and part-time courses including, A Levels, GCSEs, Access courses, BTEC Applied Science, CiLEX, Introduction to AS Levels and the PGCE teaching qualification. These courses are offered at various locations from Neath to Newtown. Specialist resources include laboratories, a language lab and a simulated forensic science crime scene.
Make us your first choice
The Gifted and Talented students at Neath Port Talbot Sixth Form Academy have achieved phenomenal A Level results. 96% of students on the Gifted and Talented programme gained an A*- B grades at A level.
These results not only reflect the outstanding ability of students within the Sixth Form Academy but also the dedication and commitment of staff within the Academy.
Take a look at our new Sixth Form Academy Hub!
The Sixth Form Academy Hub is an ultra-modern and vibrant place to study and relax with a bustling Starbucks Coffee shop, interactive touchscreen capability, mobile charging points and superfast Wi-Fi.
The sustainable refurbishment has improved energy efficiency at Neath College in line with the College’s commitment to improving energy use and the reduction of CO2 emissions.