The College

Barrow Sixth Form College, part of Furness College, has been a leading quality education provider for students across Furness, South Lakes and Copeland for nearly 40 years.

We have helped thousands of students on the next step of their journey to success – whether it’s university, a higher apprenticeship or employment – with a proven track record of securing excellent grades at A level including students accepted into Oxford and Cambridge.

In 2016 our pass rate was the best in the area at 99.1% and 50% of students secured A*A and B grades. More than 60% of our students go to university – many are first in their family to do so – with dozens taking up sought-after higher apprenticeships.
We merged with Furness College in August 2016 – retaining both campuses at Channelside and Rating Lane – and can now offer an unrivalled subject choice for learners.

Our courses at Rating Lane cater for 16-18s, post-19 education and adults and alongside A levels we offer Cambridge Technicals, which are a high-quality vocational alternative to A-Level designed with the workplace in mind.

Ofsted rated us good with outstanding features and outstanding for law in 2015 and we hold the Matrix standard for the quality of advice and guidance we offer to help students progress in their chosen careers. We have a specialist careers advisor.
We know that our students’ academic achievements help them to enter the workforce at a professional level, secure places on sought-after apprenticeships locally and gain places at the best universities in the country.

University Partner

We have a long-standing link with Lancaster University, which supports academic excellence through our Honours programme.

About Barrow Sixth Form College


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