A NEWLY redeveloped sixth form is due to open next year as part of Blackburn College, after a very successful 2019/20 A-level period.

The newly unveiled study centre will welcome students in September 2021 after a redevelopment project and extension to the colleges St Paul's building which originally opened in 2007.

Blackburn Sixth Form will be an environment with a uniquely academic ethos, however, there will also be new enrichment activities, an enhanced tutorial model, work experience weeks linking in with major employers and support for parents.

Dr Fazal Dad, Principal and Chief Executive at Blackburn College said: "This is an exciting redevelopment that will transform A-level and academic studies in Blackburn and give A-Level students a truly dedicated, academic sixth form study experience.

"The expansion of our A-level delivery with the introduction of new A-level subjects including music and the new A-level pathways, highlight our determination to be a further education leader in Lancashire for A-levels.

"The college is investing in providing the best possible education resources for future students.

"There will be a large-scale building project that will see the creation of new study spaces resulting in a new, impressive sixth form for Blackburn.

In the 2019/20 academic year, the sixth form centre saw a 100% A-level pass rate in 21 subjects and an increase in A*, A and B grades, with a 99.7% overall A-level pass rate.

Alongside the launch of Blackburn Sixth Form will be the launch of three new professional pathways of study – Law, Business and Science – which will allow students to combine A-levels and an industry-relevant qualification.