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Wilberforce Sixth Form College

Saltshouse Road, Hull, HU8 9HD

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Contact: Kay Pillinger

Telephone: 01482 711688

Website: www.wilberforce.ac.uk

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About us

The strength of Wilberforce comes from our focus as a specialist college, delivering exclusively to 16-19 year olds. The courses that we offer, our staffing and resources are all targeted at helping you achieve your full potential, and in an environment designed especially for you.

The range of courses on offer is outstanding. Wilberforce students achieve exceptional results, and their track record of winning top university places and going on to exciting careers is second to none.

There’s the opportunity to take part in drama, music, sports and charity events, or simply to make new friends and have a wonderful social life.

Choosing to come to college is about being ready to make some changes and move on, and Wilberforce is the top choice for young people in the area. You can also visit the college and experience it for yourself on one of our many open days and evenings.

  • Learner Support

    If you have an issue affecting your studies, your finances or your life - no matter how big or small - you’re likely to find the answer at Student Services. Our experienced and supportive Student Services team have information about student transport, financial help and attendance issues and are always on hand to offer support and advice should you need it. We also have qualified counsellors available to support students who may be experiencing personal problems. The counsellor will listen to you and support you for as long as you need.

    Time with a Study Support Tutor is available to all students at each and every ability level within the college. The support covers a variety of skills such as essay writing, planning, organisation, interview techniques, functional skills and general help with coursework. We aim to help you to achieve the best results possible on all of your courses.

    Your personal tutor will meet you individually once every three weeks for a Learning Progress Meeting. This flexible meeting focuses on your needs at the time, such as how you are settling in at college or your university application.

  • Additional Information

    You’ll soon find that Wilberforce Sixth Form College feels like a small and friendly place . Being a sixth form college, most people here are just the same as you - school leavers aged 16 to 19 - so you will find plenty of people with whom you have things in common. Coming to a new place can sometimes seem daunting, but our students say they quickly found it easy to get around the campus and make new friends.

    We know that socialising is a big part of college life for our students. Getting to know your new friends and making time to relax are very important, so we have provided spaces around campus to allow you to do this. The modern, spacious grounds here have lots of different areas where you and your friends can socialise. The social hub of the college is the Atrium, a large, recently refurbished indoor space with comfortable seating areas. Based right at the heart of the college, it is a great meeting place for you and your friends and we often hold events here, such as charity shows, performances and fairs. The college also has a student common room, which is a large seated area close to the canteen and a great place to eat your lunch or meet up with friends.

    Of course, in the summer you’re going to want to get outside and we have plenty of outdoor space for you to enjoy the sunshine, whether it’s eating lunch at a picnic table, relaxing on the field, or having a kick about on one of our football pitches.

    If you want to catch up on some studying the Library has quiet study areas, and the IT Suite has computers which are available for all students to use.

    All of the indoor communal areas are equipped with TVs which are on all day, so you can watch them during your breaks. We also use these to announce important and upcoming events at the college so that you are always in the know.

  • Activities

    College isn’t just about your lessons and the subjects you study. There are lots of other great things you can get involved in. We call this ‘enrichment’. Being involved with enrichment activities at the college gives you the chance to make friends, have fun, develop new skills and be part of something different. Universities and employers place a high value on enrichment activities, so being involved can have benefits for your career and academic future too. Our programme provides a wide range of fun activities for everyone and you can do as many as you like. All enrichment activities are free, so there is no reason not to give them a go!

  • Features


    Sport is extremely popular at Wilberforce College. We have rugby, football and netball teams who compete in the British Colleges Sport (BCS) Programme, with lots of opportunities for students at all levels to be involved. Fixtures are held every Wednesday afternoon, both home and away, as all students have Wednesday afternoons free.

    In 2012 our sporting success was incredible. That year our netball team made it through to the quarter-finals of the BCS National League, one of our first team footballers represented and captained the BCS England Football Team, and a whole group of students made it to the BCS Championships in sports such as cross country, swimming and squash.

    We support all of our students to strive and achieve their best in their chosen sport, providing transport and covering any competition entry fees to ensure that there are no barriers to participation.

    In addition to the college teams, there are also plenty of other sport enrichment programmes that you could try out, including:

    • Badminton
    • Netball
    • Football
    • Trampolining
    • Zumba