These are the most frequently asked questions about the Sixth Form at QEGS.
How many A Levels will I study?
You can choose to study four A Levels in Year 12, moving three in your final year (Sept 2015). This may change in subsequent years as the new A levels become established in all subjects.
Can I study anything else with A Levels?
No. We only offer A levels and the opportunity to take an EPQ
Do I have to be very clever to study at QEGS?
Although QEGS has a reputation for academic excellence, we have a broad range of students from different backgrounds and various levels of ability, though the basic requirement remains 5 Bs at GCSE, with 'passes', i.e. at least C grades in Maths and English and preferably, A*/A in the chosen subjects.
Will I have a form group?
You will have a tutor group with a Personal Tutor, who will support you in all aspects of Sixth Form life. They will often be one of your subject teachers so will be able to give you guidance in your studies, help with your study skills give advice regarding possible career progression and application to Higher Education. Your Personal Tutor will work with you to ensure that you reach your full potential by using all the expertise we have available at QEGS. We have been doing it for over 500 years!
Does QEGS have a bus service?
We have 8 bus routes currently in operation providing transport from throughout the county. QEGS is situated within a five minute walk from Blackburn town centre and the train station is a 15 minute walk away.
How long is the school day?
As we are preparing you for life after school, we want you to be accustomed to a 'normal' working day. The day starts at 08.40 and formal teaching finishes at 3.50pm. You will have free periods scattered throughout your day allowing you to catch up on work.
What can I do in my free time?
We have many areas where you can go to study or work on class assignments. Most departments have a dedicated Sixth Form area. We also have a large library with a variety of resources available to you.
Singleton House, the Sixth Form Centre, has plenty of social space and a food outlet.
Is there a careers service?
Yes. We have a dedicated careers team and careers area in Singleton House, stocked with information on universities and courses, apprenticeships, gap years and careers, though the vast majority of our pupils, always over 90%, go to university and this is the principal purpose of our Sixth Form.
How do I apply?
Simple, just go to the How to Apply page for more details.
If I'm not currently at a Blackburn school can I still apply to study at QEGS?
Certainly. We do not have a specific catchment area. No matter where you live, you can apply to QEGS.