New College garden feature proves popular in Claughton Village

The College’s latest piece of specially-designed landscape gardening has proved a hit with local Claughton Village residents.

Part of the Village’s ‘Claughton In Bloom’ project, the garden feature includes fresh flowers encircling the unmistakable shape of the College logo.

‘Claughton In…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 7 July 2017

Category: College Life


VIDEO: Futures Day 2017

Futures Day 2017 was a chance for all first year students to talk to dozens of universities, employers and apprenticeship providers to get all the information they need to make the best decisions for their futures. It was a fun and exciting day, as well as inspiring and informative, with a Careers…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 22 June 2017

Category: College Life


Subject of the Month - ART & DESIGN

Why study it for A Level?

As the Head of Art & Design at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Angela Watson, points out, the creative industries are Britain’s biggest employer. With digital media growing exponentially, creative skills have never been more in demand in the world of work, and…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 7 June 2017

Category: Subject of the Month


Art Foundation students Lauren & Suzie reflect on 'Significance' exhibition success

For us, we feel the exhibition was a success. Suzie and I gained everything we hoped and more from the show in terms of people’s reaction to our work, feedback and the experience. We particularly wanted to do an exhibition as it would be a great learning curve for us to go through together. In…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 25 May 2017

Category: The Student Voice


French students visit the College during their ‘Voyage à Liverpool’

Earlier this month, we welcomed students from our French partner school, Le Lycée Simone Weil, to the College to get involved with lessons and activities with their British counterparts.

Along with taking part in our A Level French lessons, the Parisian students also took some Taekwon-Do…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 11 May 2017

Category: College Life


Head of Psychology, Ashley Vallance, talks equality and diversity

Equality and diversity have never been higher on the public agenda than they are today, and this week, the MTV Movie & TV Awards brought the subject of gender into high media profile.

With gender and gender identity making up a fundamental component of A Level Psychology, and knowledge of…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 9 May 2017

Category: The Expert's Voice


Psychology teacher Roy and student Ben talk 'BePART' on Radio Merseyside

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 28 April 2017

Category: College Life


US-bound football star Emma's radio interview

Final year student, Emma Johnson, heads for the USA on a sporting scholarship after her A Levels with us. Listen to her Radio Merseyside interview below, talking about high hopes for A Levels, her footballing journey and an emotional time for her family as she prepares for a new life in New York…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 25 April 2017

Category: College Life


Adult Learning Nails & Beauty Academy - Themed & Avant Garde Nails

Part of the Level 3 Nail Services Diploma in our Nails & Beauty Academy for age 19+ is to develop avant garde and themed nail designs from scratch and put them into practice. This year's group have been hard at work, producing stunning and intricate nails, from the story of the Little Mermaid to…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 19 April 2017

Category: College Life


Weightmans work placement awaits for 'natural' lawyer Alex

First year Law student, Alex Earley, has beaten stiff competition to claim a work placement at the prestigious solicitors’ firm Weightmans over the summer.

Alex will join Weightmans, who are in the top 45 law firms in the country, at their Old Hall Street offices in Liverpool, which is one of…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 12 April 2017

Category: College Life


Subject of the Month - MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

 

Why study it for A Level?

“Studying Modern Languages is just one big adventure!” says Jack, who left the College last year and now studies Spanish at university, which includes living in Andalusia for a year.

The career doors that open for those that speak a foreign language are…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 11 April 2017

Category: Subject of the Month


Year 0 Health Promotion campaign

Health for both body and mind has never been a higher priority, and Birkenhead Sixth Form College’s Foundation to Health & Veterinary Studies (Year 0) students have been working on campaigns to raise awareness in their 16 to 19-year-old A Level student counterparts.

Helping our students stay as…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 23 March 2017

Category: College Life


VIDEO: Specialist support from our Tutors at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 23 March 2017

Category: College Life


The full Shakespeare experience for English students in London

English students got the full original Shakespeare experience, as they travelled to London for a special production of one of the Bard’s most iconic plays.

Forming part of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is an indoor replica of a theatre circa 1600, so students watched Othello…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 21 March 2017

Category: College Life


Chemistry students compete in region's 'Young Analyst of the Year' contest

Three of Birkenhead Sixth Form College’s top Science students were at the University of Liverpool at the weekend to take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ‘Young Analyst of the Year’ competition.

AS students, James Copland, Lauren Leyland and Elise Levett went head to head with the…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 13 March 2017

Category: College Life


Pygmalion at the Playhouse: A review by first year, Rebecca Thomson

On Thursday night, I went to see a production of Pygmalion, originally a play by George Bernard Shaw, performed by the Headlong theatre company. It was quirky, comical and quite different from any other show I've seen.

The play opened with a collection of voice-overs that sounded like the cast…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 10 March 2017

Category: The Student Voice


A blog to stop you being 'BORED'

By Abbie Thomson, first year

 

At the start of this academic year, my Drama teacher, Liz, told my class that the College was working with Merseyside Police to create a story that would inspire young people to not be involved with antisocial behaviour. I was hesitant at first, due to me not…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 6 March 2017

Category: The Student Voice


BSFC celebrates World Book Day 20 with 'shelfies'

Take part in the HUB's Big Book Quiz and you could win a £20 Amazon voucher!

Click here to download The Big Book Quiz questions

Competition closes on Friday 24th March.

As you may have spotted on social media (especially if your friends & family have primary school-aged kids!), it’s the…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 2 March 2017

Category: College Life


BBC show to feature College’s BePART programme

The BBC were in College today to film a piece about our unique life-skills programme, BePART.

BePART (Be Positive, Ambitious, Resilient, Thoughtful) is a six-week scheme, specially devised by experts in the field in our Psychology department, and helps students develop traits and techniques to…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 1 March 2017

Category: College Life


Equality & Diversity Meeting - 02/03/17

Birkenhead Sixth Form College’s next Equality and Diversity meeting is taking place on Thursday 2nd March, giving any and every individual at the College a platform to share views on how to maintain or even improve on our commitment to provide equal opportunities for all.

Such is the College’s…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 22 February 2017

Category: College Life


Law Careers Fair 2017

Ten leading universities for Law visited the College today to offer advice to students aiming for a career in the legal field. 

Among the representatives were three former College students, Emily, Cora and Matt, who all now study Law at Liverpool John Moores University, having enjoyed the…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 15 February 2017

Category: College Life


Adult Learning make-up artists recreate iconic eras

Adult learners on the Level 3 Make-up Artistry course at our Nails & Beauty Academy have been recreating some signature looks from across decades of the 20th Century!

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 23 January 2017

Category: College Life


Media City trip puts students both sides of the BBC cameras

"Here’s the news and weather from students in your area…"

From sitting on that famous red sofa to presenting the (grey, wet and miserable) weather forecast, a trip to the BBC’s northern home in Salford’s Media City was an opportunity for Media students to not just get in front of the…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 19 January 2017

Category: College Life


Do More Fair 2017

The Do More Fair 2017 was a chance for our students to sign up for any number of volunteering and extracurricular activities. Plenty of companies and organisations came into College to talk to potential recruits about some of the fantastic work they could get involved with, and they were joined by…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 17 January 2017

Category: College Life


VIDEO: BSFC's 12 Days of Christmas

Merry Christmas from everyone at the College!

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 20 December 2016

Category: College Life


'Amy's Wish' brings some Christmas charity to College

A Health and Social Care student brought some heartfelt Christmas spirit into College today, as her charity, ‘Amy’s Wish’, raised money for Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

Amy Griffin’s team organised a coffee morning and cake sale, along with festive candy canes that students and staff could send…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 13 December 2016


Terrence Higgins Trust visits to dispel some HIV myths on World AIDS Day

Can you catch HIV from kissing? If you’re diagnosed with HIV, is it a death sentence? Can people ever have normal lives once they’ve contracted HIV?

The Terrence Higgins Trust came to the College today to try to help dispel some myths and stigmas surrounding HIV and AIDS as part of World AIDS…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 1 December 2016

Category: College Life


Media product design competition winners

The results are in!

Media students studying on the Level 2 Diploma have been submitting their entries for a product design competition and the top three have been chosen.

With the brief of designing album covers and promotional material for bands & other musical artists, the students…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 30 November 2016

Category: College Life


LISTEN: Deputy Principal Radio City Interview on BePART

Listen to Mike Kilbride discuss our unique life-skills programme for all new students, BePART, on Radio City Talk today.

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 22 November 2016

Category: College Life

BePART


Health & Social Care’s Health Promotion projects

Health & Social Care students presented a key part of their coursework today as the Conference Room became a hive of healthy activity!

Students’ Health Promotion projects are assessed on their strength in delivering their key messages, along with their communication skills and ideas to get…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 21 November 2016

Category: College Life

Health and Social Care


In honour of Anti-Bullying Week, second year, Melissa, talks about leaving the bullies behind at her old school for a new lease of life at the College

When I was in high school, bullying was pretty rife, particularly among my year group - which was arguably made worse because I went to a single sex high school. My friends and I were all bullied in high school, and while at first you can disregard nasty comments or being tripped up as one-offs or…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 17 November 2016

Category: The Student Voice


VIDEO: Psychology's Creepy Crawly Day

Each year, Psychology students get a visit from the lovely folks at The Creepy Crawly Show, who bring with them a selection of creatures that can induce a number of strong emotions!

After seeing and/or handling the weird and wonderful animals (with or without screaming), students then return to…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 16 November 2016

Category: College Life

Psychology


RAF visit helps Business students team-building & training skills

Instructors from the Royal Air Force were in College today to help teach Business students about coaching, commanding and team-building, which are important components of their coursework this year.

In the exercise below, the first years had to operate in teams, starting with few members and…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 14 November 2016

Category: College Life

Business Studies, Business


Listen to students interviewed on Radio Merseyside ahead of Baroness Newlove visit

Drama students, Emily and Liam, and teacher, Liz, were interviewed live on Radio Merseyside this morning as the College prepares for a House of Lords peer to arrive and give a special guest talk.

Baroness Helen Newlove's husband, Garry, was murdered by drunken youths who were vandalising his…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 9 November 2016

Category: College Life

Drama & Theatre Studies


Poppies with a difference!

Our creative Health & Social Care students have been handmaking their own poppies to sell for Remembrance Day.

All the money is going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and these works of art are going for just £2 each!

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 7 November 2016

Category: College Life


New Wallasey bus service for next academic year

Starting in September 2017, our new subsidised bus service from Wallasey / New Brighton to the College makes the short journey to Wirral's No1 even easier!

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 31 October 2016

Category: College Life


Some words of wisdom for new students from the year above

So, it's that time again. First year Sixth Form students have all arrived looking alert yet dazed, hurrying to lessons, clutching at folders and timetables like shields; while the A2 students have existential crises about revision and UCAS statements, usually bleary eyed and on autopilot. We’re…

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Posted by The BSFC Blogger on 3 October 2016

Category: The Student Voice