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Sixth Form

Pioneering Health and Science Academy

The first of its kind to open in Birmingham, Harborne Academy's Sixth Form offers a science-based curriculum to support the growing demand for careers in the medical and healthcare professions. With support from our sponsors, Birmingham Metropolitan College, and unique links with local universities and hospitals, the sixth form Academy has quickly grown into a first-class learning experience in which all learners are supported to reach their full potential.


Delivering a range of qualifications that meet the entry requirements for University application and progression into a range of career pathways or Apprenticeship employment, students not only receive first-class teaching, but are supplied with work experience and voluntary placements in local hospitals and are provided with support for interviews and specialist lectures from the local university staff.

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Adding Value

 Officially opened by HRH The Duke of York in 2014, the Academy was completely built to specification rather than being partly refurbished, as is the case with many educational institutions in the region. This has made it possible to enhance the learning    experience by providing outstanding facilities: spacious recreational areas and classrooms, state of the art equipment and a cutting edge Samsung wifi network throughout the school. In addition to our outstanding IT equipment and infrastructure, we have also invested in a highly commended virtual learning environment, ShowMyHomeWork, which enables teachers to share learning, revision, websites, messages and, most importantly, to enforce the homework policy by posting homework, revision and assignment deadlines online, where it can also be accessed by parents.


It is not just our physical teaching and learning facilities that add value, but also the experienced and supportive members of staff that work with our learners every day. As well as being incredibly experienced in their subject areas, our teachers will provide regular parent consultation evenings, student progress reports twice a year and will keep in contact with parents/carers to create an open culture of co-operation.

Our sixth form is proud to have strong links with local hospitals, who not only provide students with work placements in their chosen fields, but also the opportunity to take up voluntary placements. Students also receive support from locl universities, who deliver specialist lectures and support with careers and applying for healthcare career degrees. It is this specialist knowledge and support that makes the Medical sixth form so invaluable to these promising young people and the ideal springboard to a successful career in all areas of the medical profession. In addition to this, our students are provided with a range of clubs and societies, as well as enhancement activities throughout the year.

It is this kind of support that resulted in our average BTEC grade last year being Distinction* and a Progress Score (Value Added) of 0.59 above the national average. This puts us in the top 32% of sixth form providers in the country. The table below shows how we compare to other 16-18 providers in the region:




Inspiring Vocational Pathways

The qualifications on offer at Harborne Academy have inspired and motivated students to pursue careers in a number of healthcare roles. Our qualifications are particularly suited to a career in one of the many Allied Health Professions (AHPs), a wide range of professions that play a vital role in keeping our health systems functioning e.g. diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services.

Our learners have progressed on to degree courses at excellent local universities, such as Aston University, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Wolverhampton University and University of Coventry, as well as distinguished degrees at universities like Bradford, Hereford, Plymouth, Swansea and St George’s London.

At the heart of our curriculum offer are the following BTEC Level 3 courses:



Invaluable Partnerships

Students who choose to study at Harborne Academy will also benefit from the staff and resources of a local hospital as every student not only gains work experience during their course, but can also take up voluntary placements in their chosen pathway. Our students often say that these voluntary placements have been one of the most useful aspects of their studies, giving them experiences that cannot be obtained through short work experience placements and theoretical studies alone. Harborne Academy's sixth form is the first educational establishment to work with Birmingham hospitals in this way and, as there can be waiting lists of over a year for individuals trying to arrange their own work experience, it is a crucial part of the learning experience.

In addition to this, we have links and partnerships with NHS Trusts, hospitals and medical practitioners, strong links with Health Technology employers and long-established links with local universities and local medical providers.

It is these invaluable partnerships that make Harborne Academy the place to choose to ensure you get the support and experience required to be successful in the highly competitive application process for health profession degree courses around the country.

What students say

Students currently studying at the Academy know only too well how valuable the experience of studying at a specialist medical sixth form centre has been for them.

Qasim, now studying to be a radiographer at BCU, felt that the 'Academy offered an environment where I felt I would reach my full potential' and that the 'countless visits from universities ... helped me develop'.

Afua felt that she 'mastered a skill that is essential in becoming a doctor and that is having excellent interpersonal skills.... This could not have been possible without the help of the Academy and the staff in it'.

Zahra is currently working towards Level 3 BTEC qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to enable her to progress to a degree in pharmacy: 'I had no work experience prior to coming to the Academy yet once I joined the opportunities came altogether. With help from the staff in the sixth form, I was able to get work experience at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the pharmacy department which gave me valuable insight into my chosen profession'.

Mr Lewis, Head of the Sixth Form, is understandably proud of the progress the students have made and the amazing careers they are working towards in the Science and Health sector: ‘The Academy is here to support young people in finding courses that will lead them to all manner of careers, not just doctors and nurses, but therapists, radiographers, engineers, IT technicians, carers, administrators and many more. Without these crucial roles being filled by the young people of this country, our society will suffer and Harborne Academy is committed to supporting and nurturing the future science and health professionals of Birmingham and the surrounding area'.

Apply Today

To apply for a place in the Academy to start your journey towards a career in healthcare, download and print out our brochure, complete the application form within it and send it to:

Sixth Form Applications

Harborne Academy

Harborne Road


B15 3JL

When we receive your application, an acknowledgement will be sent by email to you.

You will then be invited for an interview within two weeks of making your application – if the date given to you is unsuitable, please let us know and we will be happy to rearrange.

Alternatively, please contact Harborne Academy by telephoning 0121 464 2737 or by email to Please provide your full name, date of birth, name of your parent/guardian and contact details by telephone/email, so that we can register your interest and invite you for an interview.

Places will be limited to 100 students for sixth form studies – so please apply early to ensure you secure yours.

We look forward to welcoming you into the Sixth Form to commence your studies. You will have to work hard, but the rewards will be enormous.



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