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St John Rigby College is an inclusive sixth form college with over 700 students enrolled in Year 13, almost 600 of whom apply to H.E. each year.  The College recruits from a wide range of partner high schools in Wigan, Skelmersdale and the surrounding vicinity, including areas of high social deprivation. In March 2017, Ofsted judged the College to be outstanding in every category. The College is confident of the accuracy of students’ predicted grades as they are based on rigorous six-weekly assessment checks throughout both years and mock exams taken in November and March of Year 13. In addition, all students follow a College course entitled Values for Living, which allows students to discuss and evaluate personal, social and moral issues.

The College successfully supported students through remote lessons and provided pastoral care throughout the period of lockdown. However, we recognise the impact of this on our most vulnerable students and those who struggled to engage due to home circumstances or limited access to technology. The process of applying for university was started during lockdown.  Therefore, our students did miss out on the usual face-to-face support that we provide. Students were able to complete in-class assessments in March 2021 and whilst the six-weekly assessment checks were affected last academic year, they have been reinstated this year and we remain confident of the accuracy of students’ predicted grades. Throughout last year, the College delivered a blended model of learning.  When not in lockdown, students alternated weekly between face to face classes and remote live lessons. This year has seen the reintroduction of a normal timetable and time is being invested in developing learners’ skills of resilience, independence and examination techniques, as well as their subject knowledge from new content and that needing to be revisited from Year 12.


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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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