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Different Ways to Apply

There are four different ways that you can apply to be a student at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form


Click the apply online sites throughout the site and we will then be in touch about an interview date.

In Person

Pop in and visit us at Burnley Campus and we’ll process your application there and then. You will probably have to pop back in for an interview.

By Phone

Call us on (01282) 682272 and we will process your application over the phone.

At School

Speak to the person responsible for careers at your school. They will have application forms and will help you get everything sorted.

The subjects that you put down on application don’t have to be your final subjects. If you change your mind, you will have plenty of time to change your choices in August.

A Student's Welcome

Student President Marukh Syed Nadeem

Hello and welcome to Thomas Whitham Sixth form! My name is Marukh and I’m currently studying Mathematics, Business Studies and Computer Science. On behalf of all the students, I welcome you to our tight-knit community. You’ll find a relaxed and friendly environment perfect for studying and making new friends. We pride ourselves on providing an atmosphere of trust, learning and academic brilliance to suit every individual student. Thomas Whitham Sixth Form is brimming with talent and diversity. As a student body, we have taken part in numerous activities and events to support Pendleside Hospice, Comic Relief and The Anthony Nolan Trust to name but a few. We are a host for NCS: The Challenge which provides students with a summer residential experience and have been supporting university visits to inspire our students to pursue their ambitions and dreams. We know that any student that comes here will reach above and beyond their full potential.

The main intention of the Student Council is to address the concerns of all students. We present a unified voice when we meet with Senior Leadership, so that any important and improving changes to sixth form life can be made possible. When you enrol here, you will probably want to spend a lot of time in the student common room, which is a great space to relax and socialise. You can eat, drink, listen to music,
and chat with friends on the designer Kartell sofas in an adult environment. This room is for students only and the council has added murals, a pool and football table and contributed to the Campus Café’s menu so that we really have ownership of our free time and environment.

Richard Cunningham

Studied English Literature, History, Government and Politics and EPQ at TWSF (2009-2011).

BA (Hons) English Literature

Internship with The New York Times.

‘Studying at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form marked a real turning point. I’d fallen out of love with learning after high school and felt pessimistic about going on to university and continuing in education. Studying at Thomas Whitham changed all that for me. The amazing facilities made me look forward to spending my time there. More importantly, the fantastic teaching staff really brought their subjects to life. Their passion really shone through and made me passionate about my work too. I’m always going to have fond memories of Thomas Whitham; it was such an important and brilliant time in my life.’

Craig Hanson

Studied Music, English Language and Literature and Sociology at TWSF (2006-2008).

BA (Hons) Popular Music and Recording at The University of Salford

Professional musician

‘Thomas Whitham helped me when I was unsure what career path to follow. The positive attitude of the entire faculty helped me shape my future plans. Working in the music industry has no guarantees of stability or a regular income.

The supportive staff at TWSF helped me develop the self-confidence and self-belief to follow my passion. Thankfully, it is really paying off!’

Alexandra Wood

Studied Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Art and Design at TWSF (2008-2010)

BSc (Hons) Mathematics, The University of Durham

‘After taking my degree I am now working and living in Manchester, training to be an Actuary. What I liked about Thomas Whitham was that everyone knows everyone, and you get to mix with all sorts of different people in lessons and outside too. The teachers are always more than happy to take some time if any extra help is needed with work and are always friendly. This creates quite a relaxed atmosphere around the sixth form. When I was applying for University there was lots of help available on which courses to choose and where to go, along with Careers advice if you didn’t want to go to University.

Thomas Whitham was a great place to study for my A levels and it was where I made some of my closest friends.’

Financial Support at TWSF


Thomas Whitham Sixth Form will subsidise the cost of a bus pass provided by Transdev and Lancashire County Council for 16 – 18 further education students.

A contribution of £32 for a Burnley pass or £45 for a Silver pass will be required per term for administration costs in processing bus passes and all passes are subject to availability and an attendance rate of 90% or above. Students must live over 1 mile away from the Sixth Form to qualify for the subsidy.

Free Meals

Thomas Whitham Sixth Form will provide a free meal to the value of £2.40 per day of timetabled study for students who are disadvantaged as defined by the students being in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of specific benefits:

To find out more details and to apply before you start at the
Sixth Form contact Student Services or the Education Office in
Accrington on 01254 220708.


All learners aged 19 years old and under who require childcare support can access 100% from ‘Care to Learn’.

Applications are made directly to me schemes on

Guaranteed Bursary

A guaranteed Bursary of up to £1200 a year will be paid to the defined vulnerable groups of students.
Students are not entitled to claim for any additional financial assistance alongside this subsidy with the exception of Free School Meals. Further details are available from Student Services.

Discretionary Bursaries

A discretionary bursary of up to £300 is available to students where the:

  • Family’s total household income falls below £20,000 per year (This includes earned and unearned income eg. working and child tax credits).

It is expected that students will use the grant so that they can fully participate and purchase uniform, books and equipment that they may have not necessarily have been able to purchase themselves. Terms and conditions apply in accordance with the financial support for Students Policy.

How do I apply?

Forms can be downloaded from the Sixth Form Website or picked up from the Student Services Office. Completed forms must be returned to the Student Services Office with supporting evidence.
Please send in photocopies and not the originals.

Careers and Higher Education Guidance

Within the framework of our Professional Pathways we provide a whole package of support and guidance for careers and higher education that is tailored to each individual pathway.

This includes:

Opportunities for employer encounters – our link local businesses will be able to provide you with the opportunities to talk to experts in the field

Weekly pathway session that will help build the skills and experience you need to prepare you for further study and employment

Work experience in Year 12

Student mentoring

Use of our careers library and careers advice service

Access to Unifrog for each student to help select the right higher education course, apprenticeship or career

Guest speaker/mentors from universities and business

Mock interviews

Support and guidance for those wishing to apply for summer schools with universities

A full programme of Higher Education

Careers planning, application support and guidance through weekly tutorial programme

Higher Educaton evening for parents

Support and guidance related to university finance

A yearly Futures Fair for students involving key industries and universities

Finding Thomas Whitham

Travel Plan

Student Services at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form are able to tailor-make you a personalised travel plan according to your postcode. This will help you to find the easiest route to Sixth Form using public transport.

For more information call 01282 682272 and ask for Student Services.


Thomas Whitham Sixth Form is well served by frequent commercial bus services which run every 10-15 minutes along Colne Road which is just a five minute walk away.

There is also a morning service that stops right outside our front door.
Buses from Nelson and Colne –M1, M2, M3, M4 95A stops outside Sixth Form
Buses from Burnley Town Centre – 95A stops outside Sixth Form, X43
Buses from Padiham – M1, M2, M3 Mainline run every 10-15 minutes
Buses from Cliviger and Todmorden – 589,592
Buses from Rawtenstall – x43
Buses from Accrington via Hapton – 23, M3
Buses from Clitheroe M2

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