Wilberforce Sixth Form College

A popular choice for East Yorkshire students

Wilberforce Sixth Form College is a specialist college that is the first choice for more students than ever before in the East Yorkshire region. The strength of our popular college, which sees many courses oversubscribed, comes from the Wilberforce focus on 16-19-year-olds exclusively. Our exceptional staff utilise our specially designed environments and targeted courses and resources to help students reach their full potential.

We have university-standard science labs complemented by state-of-the-art equipment, industry-standard engineering facilities, and top-of-the-range hair and beauty salons. Our Upskilling Programme (USP) provides students with essential skills and various exciting and enriching activities – from our Debating Society to our Young Enterprise project and our Cinema Club; we offer over 45 activities.


Pass rate on all courses

Learning for all, with 100% pass rates

We offer A-Levels, BTECs, T-Levels and City & Guilds courses. There truly is a course for everyone at Wilberforce. Whether you’re looking to take the next steps into university, training or work, you will have the very best chance of success. Growing skills and gaining confidence is central to our development programme. Wilberforce students typically receive great results (100% pass rate with 78% of students achieving high grades), allowing individuals to progress without issue along their chosen career pathway.

Wilberforce students wishing to continue their studies have secured places at top universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Hull, Leeds and York. We’ve helped our students hoping to follow a vocational route secure job offers with major national employers. Every day our experienced staff work with our students to give them peace of mind they have their back. We offer Study Support and Student Services to ensure our students feel supported every day.

Welcome to Wilberforce Sixth Form College

Our strength comes from our focus as a specialist sixth form college, delivering exclusively to 16-19-year-olds. Everything from our courses to our staffing and resources to our learning environments is targeted at helping our students achieve their full potential.

Whether our learners have set their sights on university, training or work, they’ll have access to resources that ensure the best chance of success. We offer fantastic opportunities and experiences and have a dedicated student support team to provide support and advice.

We ensure our students grow in confidence, achieving great results that allow them to progress in their chosen career pathway.

I look forward to welcoming you to Wilberforce. Your future starts here!

Colin Peaks, Principal

Experts in mathematics and technology excellence

At Wilberforce, we understand the benefits of equipping our students with technological proficiency. We’re proud to be the first sixth form college awarded Microsoft Showcase College status following our digital transformation. And we’re one of only 18 UK schools and colleges to be named an ‘EdTech Demonstrator’ by the Department for Education (DfE). We’ve also partnered with the University of Hull to install two new I.T. suites.

In addition to our investment in technology, Wilberforce is a UK Maths Centre of Excellence – one of only 21 in the UK.

Strives to achieve more

After Wilberforce I completed a 4 year degree in Chemistry at the University of Warwick, which included a year in the Netherlands as a Research & Development scientist for DSM, a multinational company specialising in health, nutrition and materials. I graduated with a 1st Class Master’s degree in Chemistry. This qualified me for the Science Graduate programme with Thames Water, where I am currently working in environmental regulation as part of this programme. I am also working towards further qualifications to be a Registered Scientist. I will always look back on my time at Wilberforce as a place that enabled me to discover my field, provided a platform for me to succeed and left me with a mind-set that strives to achieve more.

David Robson, Environmental Scientist, Wilberforce College

Some of my best memories

I chose Wilberforce because of the supportive teaching staff and the welcoming feel of the college. My favourite memory of Wilberforce would be the heart dissection that we did in A Level Biology; I had so much fun and the staff let me stay after class to further explore the anatomy of the heart.

The Excellence Programme along with the excellent Careers advice really helped me weigh up my options and supported me through university applications. Our trip to the Oxford and Cambridge open days really stuck with me. My time at Wilberforce has provided me with some of my best memories of education; I made friends for life and loved the college so much I went back as a university student for two years to mentor and help Biology students with their revision.

Emily Stonham, Biomedical Science student, Wilberforce College
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