Welcome to Luton Sixth Form College!
At Luton Sixth Form College our aim is to give our students the best possible opportunities to gain the skills and qualifications they need to be successful in their lives. We do this by offering a wide range of courses and the highest standards of teaching and facilities. We are proud of our well-earned reputation for excellence.
The College, which was the first Sixth Form College in the UK, specialises in education for young adults between the ages of 16 and 19. We have achieved outstanding inspection results, and have been awarded the coveted Beacon award by the Learning and Skills Council in recognition of the excellent work done by the College.
Most importantly, our students are successful and achieve qualifications that will enable them to go on to university or into a career of their choice. Each year, around 500 Luton Sixth Form College students take up places to study at university.
I hope you find the site useful and enjoy your online visit to Luton Sixth Form College.
About Luton Sixth Form College
Which students is the College aimed at?
The College's primary purpose is to provide full-time academic education for students leaving the Luton High Schools at the age of 16.
We also welcome students from the surrounding area.
Other students are also welcome, but please note:
- You should normally be aged 16 or 17 when you join the College.
- Your normal place of residence must be in the European Union.
- If you have not lived in the European Union for 3 years, you may have to pay tuition fees.
- The College does not offer residential accommodation.
- Due to changed funding arrangements, the College no longer offers evening classes.
How we are funded
Luton Sixth Form College is a self-governing institution, funded by the UK government via the Learning and Skills Council. It is independent of the Local Authority, although we work closely with them on all matters relating to education in Luton.
The College grew from the original Luton Modern School, opened in 1938. The site is maintained to a high standard, and now houses state-of the-art IT and science facilities.
Original main entrance to Luton Modern School
Building for the future
Although the College has developed good, well equipped buildings, and now provides an excellent teaching and learning environment, we recognise that if we are to remain at the forefront of further education we will need to continue investing substantial sums in the College's buildings and its equipment base. This will allow us to implement innovations and provide both students and staff with the best quality facilities in world-class buildings.
With this in mind, the College has undertaken a major review of its site. The conclusions of that review, which has LSC support, is to construct a new, purpose built college. As part of that review, the College has explored the option of relocating to a different site, but as that search has not identified any appropriate sites that should be available within a reasonable timescale, that option has now been eliminated.
The current main entrance
Where is Luton Sixth Form College?
Luton is a town of approximately 190,000 people, about 30 miles north of London, England.
College Location maps
Getting to the College by road
From North, South or West
From the East
More about Luton
To find out more about Luton's history, places to visit etc, try the web sites listed on our Local Links page in the Links zone.
The College from space (Google Maps)
Luton from space (Google Maps)
What Students Say
Services and Facilities
This page gives a general description of the facilities the College has to offer. Details of how these facilities operate can be found in the College Life zone. Details of how to hire College facilities can be found in the Guest Zone.
Our College facilities have been designed with students in mind and are regularly reviewed and upgraded to ensure that we offer the highest standards.
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
The LRC provides a professional librarian service and gives students access to a wide variety of resources to support their studies.
In the LRC, all students have access to:
- Books, journals, newspapers, cuttings folders and reference materials
- Audio cassettes, videos, CDs
- A computerised library catalogue to search by author, subject or title
- An inter-library loan service - where reference materials can be obtained from other libraries or information centres
The LRC also has areas for individual and silent study, and networked computers for students to work on.
Click here to see the LRC opening times
Each subject area in the College has its own resource base, where students can work during their free time. The resource bases are staffed by teachers and experts from the LRC who can answer any questions students may have.
Each resource base has computers and a range of materials to help students in their studies.
Luton Sixth Form College has a modern refectory, where students can enjoy a meal or snack, chat with friends over a cup of coffee or study in a relaxed, friendly environment. The refectory has four food counters, each serving different meals and snacks, and a coffee bar which is open throughout the College day. There are also freshly made sandwiches and salads available throughout the day, along with vending machines for drinks and snacks.
The menu changes daily and always includes vegetarian and halal dishes. The refectory opens onto a paved area with picnic benches.
Click here to see the Refectory opening times
Luton Sixth Form College is recognised as a centre of excellence for Performing Arts.
This zone provides practical information to help current students and staff get more out of the College.
For more general information about the College, try the About the College zone.
Help us make this site better. Email us if there is information about the day-to-day operation of the College which you can't find.
This zone gives you a guide to the courses offered at the College, and links to other learning-related resources
You may find a brief guide to some terminology helpful:
Qualifications (e.g A level or GCSE) are awarded by external exam boards when you pass the exams and other assessments.
Courses are the individual learning packages which deliver these qualifications. Normally, a course will lead to a single qualification at the end (e.g. the BTEC National Certificate in Business 2 year course will lead to the BTEC National Certificate in Business being awarded at the end of the course. Sometimes it is a bit more complicated: for example, our Word processing course will lead to one or more qualifications being awarded during the course, dependent upon progress during the year.
Programmes are collections of courses designed to fit together. When you enrol on one of our programmes (for example our Advanced level programme), you then choose from the individual courses on offer in that programme to make up your own individual programme of study.
Use the menu bar on the right to get more details and lists.