Enhancement of our Sixth Form Programme

As we continue to evolve and develop our Sixth Form offering, we look forward to our new Sixth Form Centre opening later this year. This dedicated space will be right at the heart of the College for Sixth Formers to socialise, to work, and to relax together. Pupils, including those in the current Fifth Form, have already had a hand in the interior design brief and they are excited to make full use of the new facility. 


Alongside this physical development, we have been reviewing and refining our Sixth Form programme both to enrich our offering and to enable maximum flexibility and individualisation of each pupil’s learning. This year’s introduction to our Sixth Form programme began with our subject fair on Friday 12 January. Here, we welcomed our current Fifth Form and their parents to meet with all of our subject teachers and Heads of Department to discuss the Sixth Form curriculum and criteria for their subjects. 

The New Lancing Sixth Form Super-Curriculum and Extension Pathways 

In addition to their subject choices, pupils will also follow our Sixth Form Super-Curriculum, a core broadening of the life skills and vital ‘soft skills’ that we believe prepare students so well to move beyond Lancing and out into the world of Higher Education and employment. They will also have the option to follow an Extension pathway, offering the opportunity to earn UCAS points whilst deepening their experience of the areas in which they may wish to specialise later on in their studies and careers. Many of these will be known to you, such as our highly successful medical, veterinary and life sciences support, our law society as well as our well-regarded art, architecture, music and drama support and the excellent guidance given to overseas applications. 


We have therefore decided to adjust the way in which students make their subject selections to best accommodate individual student needs and preferences. The context to this decision is an increasing focus from university admissions tutors on high grades in a student’s principal three subjects and our objective of offering the right balance of support and extension to best fulfil their potential. We will individually structure each student’s academic programme to offer them the right balance of support and extension. 

Lancing Option Routes for Sixth Form Study from September 2024  

  • Route A: Three A Levels/option blocks – for those students who may benefit from more support with their studies.  

  • Route B: Three A Levels/option blocks + EPQ (or equivalent extension study programme) – This, experience tells us, is likely to be the preferred route for many students making the automatic entrance criteria for Sixth Form (five Grade 6s or more at GCSE), allowing subject specialism plus a greater emphasis on depth and developing study skills.  

  • Route C: Four A Levels/options initially – This we envisage being the choice either of the high-achieving all-rounder or those with a particular yen for Further Mathematics. Students would, in all likelihood, be achieving a grade profile of at least a Grade 7 average to make this a well-advised route and, of course, would need to meet the qualifying criteria for each of their subject choices.  

  • Route D: Four A Levels plus an EPQ – This option carries the same entry criteria for Route C but would have added to this even more extension material, via an EPQ or alternative extension pathway. While highly rewarding and accessible to some of our students, there is a high cognitive and workload demand for this pathway. 

An EPQ – Extended Project Qualification is a UCAS recognised qualification which enables students to develop and demonstrate their project management skills and provides opportunities for extended writing. These can be done in their area of interest for future career to enrich and deepen their experience. These will be run alongside our Super-Curriculum to ensure our young people are well prepared to move beyond Lancing and out into the world of Higher Education and employment. 

Upcoming Open Events

On Saturday March 16 we will be welcoming families interested in joining Lancing College for Sixth Form this September. Our Open Events provide an opportunity to meet our Head Master, Dominic Oliver, tour the College with current pupils, see our Day and Boarding Houses, and talk to our teaching staff whilst partaking in interactive sessions. There is plenty of opportunity at these events to ask questions directly to staff and senior pupils. Spaces for this Open Event are limited and we recommend you secure your place as soon as possible by clicking here.