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USF Newsletters for Key Stage 4

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We offer lots of activities outside of the curriculum to enhance your learning and strengthen your personal statement or CV. You will have the chance to get fit, learn a new skill or gain extra qualifications.

Some of the enrichment on offer is of particular interest to certain students but they are of course available to all:

  • Academic competitions
  • Young Enterprise
  • Wide range of sports activities
  • Climbing
  • Subject Specialists
  • Student Survival Cooking
  • Duke of Edinburgh Silver and Gold
  • First Aid
  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
  • Work based placements
  • Charitable Causes
  • Community Contribution
  • Language Tasters

Additional Qualifications

The Extended Project Qualification allows each student to embark on a self-motivated project. A project topic may be directly related to a student's main study programme, but should look beyond the specification.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are available to students through links with the Russell Group Universities. They provide online learning opportunities from leading universities & cultural institutions which will complement their understanding of their A Level course.

Study Information                      


International students are fully integrated into all classes, enrichment activities and 6th Form life overall.

Our highly qualified specialist subject teachers are dedicated to your personal progress and academic achievement. Our class sizes are small so that you can be sure you will get the support you need.

You will be part of a tutor group with an assigned tutor who will meet with your group each day and also provide regular one-to-one mentoring sessions.  Your tutor is there to support you with all of your academic and social needs.

If English is not your first language, ESOL will be timetabled for you as a support subject.  These classes will improve your use of the English language throughout your time at 6th Form and will increase your level of English ready for university, employment or an apprenticeship.


Registration for the day starts at 08:30am and the last lesson finishes at 3:35 pm

Student Leadership Programme

Student leadership opportunities at USF are offered through the Senior Prefect programme.  Selection takes place during the course of Year 12 via an application and interview process for Senior Prefect roles and students go on to serve as role models to all students within Avonbourne Academies. 

2 students from Year 13 will be nominated by the USF Leadership to take on the role of Head Boy and Head Girl for the Avonbourne Academies and they will be seconded in their duties by Deputies selected from Year 11. USF are keen to promote the individual strengths of appointed Senior Prefects and develop personal areas of interest such as charity fund raising, communication and bridging the gap between Years 11 and 12.

Careers guidance

USF has a dedicated in-house careers team providing impartial advice to assist you in making all the important decisions about university, apprenticeships or employment. Superb support is provided throughout your time at United Sixth Form, with a variety of trips scheduled for you. In year 12 you undertake work experience for one week and this can be arranged in the UK or abroad.

Click here to view our Destinations page

Life at USF

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