Choose from over 18 vocational courses
100% Pass Rate / 88% High Grades, 40% Triple Distinction Star Grades (equivalent to 3 A* Grades at A Level)
At Cronton Sixth Form College you can choose from over 30 vocational programmes. In 2020 our students celebrated a 100% pass rate and 88% high grades.
These full time courses are assessed over one or two years via a mixture of practical and written projects, assessments and exams and can also offer students progression to university. Our Level 3 Extended Diploma programmes are recognised and carry UCAS points for entry to university degrees, for example Triple Distinction Star grades are equivalent to 3 A* grades at A Level.
Centre of Excellence in STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)
Cronton Sixth Form College has created a Centre of Excellence for Advanced Level Science and Maths courses. This Centre of Excellence has been developed through the recruitment of some of the best teaching staff in the country, the building of our new state-of-the-art IDEA Centre and science labs, and the expansion of our extra-curricular activities that support applications to the most prestigious universities.
Science students can take part in our Tomorrow’s Scientists Professional Studies Programme, enter competitions, be part of prestigious national Science and Maths programmes, be inspired by leading industry experts and visit external research labs and top universities such as Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester.
IT & Computing Courses
Students studying on the IT and computing courses at Cronton Sixth Form will have the opportunity to access the new IDEA Centre which is home to brand new state of the art IT suites. The College is an Adobe Accredited Centre and CISCO Academy.
During your course you will have the chance to experience industry workshops and trips including a visit to the National Videogame Arcade for a workshop with an industry professional, crack codes and ciphers at Bletchley Park and go to the EGX video games event.
These courses will be delivered in our new IDEA centre which in addition to high quality teaching rooms also boasts state of the art electronics and metrology labs, with manufacturing workshops to provide hands-on training and development in Robotics, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, Microelectronics, and engineering applications. Opportunities also exist for working on a simulated manufacturing process line to experience an understanding of the very latest technology in engineering processes. The College works closely with local industry to enable valuable work experience placements which will enhance your appreciation of the global world of engineering.
The Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts offers a unique production programme that enables A Level and Vocational students the opportunity of performing in large scale extra-curricular performances that sit entirely outside the timetable.
Students studying Performing Arts will become part of our Centre of Excellence. As such, they will be taught by some of the best teaching staff in the country and benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities to support their onward applications to the country’s most prestigious institutions.
Performing Arts Courses
Students will develop their talents and professional skills by enjoying our wide range of experiences including; international trips, being part of industry standard performances, performing at professional venues, high profile patrons and professional links, free music tuition and nationally recognised Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards.
The Professional Dance Programme – Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
The Professional Theatre Programme – Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
The Professional Music Programme – Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
Rock and Pop Music – Level 2 UAL Diploma
Performing Arts – Level 2 UAL Diploma
School of Creative Arts & Media
Students studying in the School of Creative Arts and Media will be inspired by our practicing artists/tutors to develop and nurture their own creative talents. They will benefit from a wide range of experiences provided through our partnerships with leading industry experts.
Creative Arts Courses
Students will be able to experience international trips to New York, Berlin and Paris, national competitions, prestigious exhibition opportunities at the Sotheby’s Gallery in London, master classes and key note events at Tate Liverpool and a High Profile Annual Exhibition. All students applying for an Art and Design course will be expected to show a portfolio of work at interview.
Foundation Art Diploma – Level 3/4
Art and Design – Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
Fashion – Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
Graphic and Digital Design – Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
Lens Based Media (Film & Photography) – Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
Art and Design – Level 2 UAL Diploma
School of Business
Students studying on the business courses at Cronton Sixth Form will take part in lectures with guests including ‘Dragons’ Den’ winners and finalists from ‘The Apprentice’. They will also have the opportunity to go on trips to high profile organisations including to the Houses of Parliament and Jaguar Land Rover.
Over the last year students have taken part in international trips to New York, Brussels and Barcelona. They have also participated in competitions including The National Student Investor Challenge, the ‘Make Your Mark’ competition and have also completed prestigious placements with local MPs and international businesses including Evolution.
Centre of Sporting Excellence
Students studying sport at Cronton will be part of a Centre of Sporting Excellence and will have access to the fitness suites in the new IDEA Centre. Our coaches are committed to helping young athletes develop and excel both academically and professionally.
Our extensive elite sporting opportunities include individual coaching, prestigious and high profile sporting partnerships, scholarships, links with governing bodies and an international ski trip. The focus is on encouraging and supporting every student in maximising their performance in their chosen sport.
Health & Social Care and Nursing
Industry placement and experience is a vital part of all of the Health and Social Care and Health Studies qualifications. During the course, students will experience a variety of work experience placements including hospitals, nurseries, primary schools and social care settings. Our innovative partnerships in the Health Sector allow us to access prestigious work placements within Warrington Hospital, the NHS and Community Integrated Care (CIC).
Health & Social Care Courses
Students studying Health and Social Care will gain both theoretical knowledge and invaluable practical experience to enable them to progress to employment or further education in their chosen sector. Health and Social Care students will benefit from our new clinical practice ward with the latest equipment. All students must complete a DBS before carrying out placement. This will be completed within the college.
Students will benefit from talks at college by industry guest speakers and residential trips, including a five day placement at an army base and a three day expedition to the Lake District. Learners will also participate in a variety of activities, including walking in Wales, Yorkshire and Cheshire, mountain biking, BMX biking, local bouldering, climbing, kayaking and raft building. Students will experience a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and will benefit from our links with local and national public services.
Public Services Courses
Students studying Public Services will cover a broad range of subjects across industries including; the emergency services, armed services, local authority, custodial services, the criminal justice sector, voluntary sector and charitable organisations. After completing this versatile course our students have progressed onto a variety of different degrees and careers including Public Services, Criminology, and Criminal Justice, Law, Policing, Law and Investigation, Psychology combined with Criminology and Theology and Sports and Coaching. Students have also progressed onto a range of frontline, civilian support, management and administrative roles in both the armed and emergency services.
Vocational Course Entry Requirements
In order to achieve the best results and progression opportunities to university or employment, students on vocational courses study one programme, which will cover all aspects of their chosen industry.
These programmes are a mixture of classroom and project study relating to your chosen industry, and students will be assessed by completing assignments, group projects and exams.
The level of course you start on will depend on your GCSE results:
- Level 3 – Five or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English Language and Maths
- Level 2 – Four or more GCSEs at grade 9-3 including English Language and Maths
- Level 1 – Four or more GCSEs at grade 9-2 including English Language and Maths
Higher grades are required in certain subjects. You can find the individual entry requirements for each course within the course information on the college website or by speaking to our Admissions Team who will advise you at your interview.
In exceptional circumstances, students may be able to study a relevant A Level alongside their Vocational programme. This can be discussed at your college interview.