Six Tips for Sixth Form Success

Sixth form students at Alton Towers

Studying at De Aston Sixth Form is very different to lower school. With a wide range of courses to choose from and a greater level of independence, students can take advantage of a wide range of opportunities to tailor their experience.

Read on to find our six top tips for Sixth Form success to help you get ready.

1. Choose subjects that spark your interest

While picking subjects with future goals in mind is important, choosing subjects that you are passionate about is perhaps even more crucial.

Wider reading around your subjects is fundamental during Sixth Form study, so make sure you’re studying topics that genuinely excite you. This will help you to stay motivated and produce your best work.

2. Start as you mean to go on

Studying at Sixth Form is different to lower school. For starters, you’ll be studying fewer subjects. But with this decrease in subjects comes an increase in expectations on the time you commit to each one. As such, you’ll want to make sure you get into a good study routine from the start.

Being organised will be critical once you have multiple deadlines on the horizon, so learn to manage your time and stick to your to-do list to ensure everything gets done.

Wider reading should become the norm too, especially on content areas you find tricky. Putting in this extra effort right from the start should pay off in the long run!

“Whatever your interests, there’s bound to be something going on that sparks your imagination.”

3. Take advantage of extra-curricular opportunities

Sixth Form students at De Aston can take advantage of a wide range of extra-curricular activities and social events. From archery to treasure hunts, theme park trips to attending lectures, we aim to provide something to suit everyone.

Students can also get involved in whole school activities like debating competitions, our ever-popular Shakespeare Society if you fancy yourself as a budding thespian, and trips such as our annual ski trip. Whatever your interests, there’s bound to be something going on that sparks your imagination.

4. Think about the future

While we don’t want you to wish your time at Sixth Form away, we would encourage you to start thinking about your future as soon as possible.

Whether you want to go on to university, further education, an apprenticeship or enter the world of work, it’s important that you keep your goals in mind and engage in opportunities that will help you to achieve them.

If you’re not sure what you want to go on to after Sixth Form then our dedicated careers advisor is on hand to provide advice and support.

5. Use study periods wisely

One great benefit of Sixth Form is the opportunity to have both supervised and non-supervised study periods included in your timetable. 

You’ll be able to take advantage of Sixth Form specific IT suites to catch up on coursework and complete extra work towards your studies. These sessions are a great opportunity to get ahead and work independently outside of traditional classes.

6. Enjoy!

Most of all, we want you to enjoy your time at Sixth Form. It may sound like a cliché, but it’s true that you’ll probably look back on this time as some of the best years of your life. Some of the friends you make here could be friends for life, and the memories can last forever.

The two years will undoubtedly fly by, so make sure you make the most of your time and enjoy everything Sixth Form has to offer!


Want to find out more about De Aston Sixth Form? Our brand-new Sixth Form Prospectus is available to view and download now. Browse our wide range of courses and opportunities on offer and, when you’re ready, apply via our simple online application form.

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