Sigma Sixth

Contact Sigma Sixth Colchester on 01206 545222

Welcome to
The Philip Morant College
'Sigma Sixth Colchester'
Welcome to
The Philip Morant College
'Sigma Sixth Colchester'
Welcome to
The Philip Morant College
'Sigma Sixth Colchester'

Discover Yourself, Define Your Future

Welcome to our website. We hope that it will help you make the best decision about what to study Post 16.

At Sigma Sixth, Colchester our young people are valued. We have the highest expectations for all our students, whether that is academic achievement, involvement in our academies or care for each other.

Building on the traditions and academic success of the former Philip Morant College, Sigma Sixth, Colchester formed in September 2020. The college is part of The Sigma Trust’s post-16 offer for the Philip Morant School, The Stanway School, Paxman Academy, St. Helena School and The Thomas Lord Audley School. Although located on The Philip Morant School site, we welcome students from over 20 schools in Colchester, Witham, across Essex and from overseas.

Sigma Sixth, Colchester is proud to include our Sports, STEM and Creative Academies and VI6 University of Essex provision. The Sports Academy benefits from the provision at The Northern Gateway Sports Park. Students can choose to study either the Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development course or access the extra-curricular provision of the academy when studying A Levels. Both our STEM and Creative Academies provide students with hands-on learning experiences with real-world applications that will develop a variety of skills sets, and includes provision at the University of Essex STEM labs and creative opportunities in the city and beyond.

Our VI6 partnership is the only provision in the country where students study A levels at the University of Essex with students from other schools in the partnership.

Education is about giving our young people the very best start in life so they are prepared fully to go to university, college or to start a career in their chosen field of employment. Our sixth form team with support you every step of the way.

Sigma Sixth, Colchester is a progressive sixth form, with a proven track record. Our teachers are experienced subject specialists who will not only deliver an excellent education, but will also provide the very best care, guidance and support. 

We recognise that the quality  of facilities can help students excel. Our college has a purpose built block which is exclusively used by out sixth form students, including a College Cafe, a large study centre, e-learning suite and specialist practical areas. 

We thank you for considering Sigma Sixth, Colchester and hope that the information provided on this website enables you to make the best choice for you in terms of courses and institution for continued education Post 16. 

We are committed to sharing this journey with you.

Stephanie Neill | Headteacher 

Peta Smith  | Assistant Headteacher (Head of College)

Our Campus

Partnership with Essex University

Our Academies

Life in the Sixth Form

At Sigma Sixth, Colchester we believe not only in giving our students the very best chance of academic success, but also in preparing our young people for life beyond the college gates. When considering Post 16 courses take into account what you want to do next, whether that is university, further education or an apprenticeship.

The Sixth Form Curriculum structure includes courses at A level and Level 3 vocational qualifications.

  • The A-level programme is designed for those students who achieved high success at GCSE and plan to follow a place at university or other high educational institution. All students study three subjects, (for the most able, four, if they wish). Most students will study one of their A level subjects at our VI6 provision at the University of Essex.
  • The Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development is a full time programme and is equivalent to 3 A levels. We offer Level 3 qualifications that are the equivalent of one A level and those courses can be chosen as a mixed programme of vocational qualifications which can also include A level choices.
  • Students must successfully pass Year 12 in order to continue into Year 13. 
  • We provide all students with the opportunity to resit English or Mathematics if they have not achieved a grade 4 at GCSE and provide the opportunity to sit these qualifications for the first time for students joining us from overseas.

How To Apply


Candidates must have:

  • A Level: A minimum of five passes at grade 5 or higher at GCSE, within these passes, there must be a grade 5 or higher in English Language or Literature and Maths.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development: 4 or more GCSE grades of 9 – 4, including English Language or Literature or Maths. (Students can re-sit Maths or English, if necessary).


Applications are online and should be submitted by 31st January using the “Apply Now” button below. Once you have completed and sent your application form, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received. 

Sigma Sixth Sports Academy

Football Academy taster at Philip Morant 

Monday 29 January 2024

Monday 22 April 2024

Rugby Academy taster at Northern Gateway Sports Park

Monday 4 March 2024

Click here to book onto a taster session for Spring Term.

The Sports Academy is based at The Philip Morant School and uses the facilities at The Northern Gateway Sports Park.

Sigma Sixth Sports Academy offers a unique opportunity for students to study for their A Levels (which must include A-Level PE), or the Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports, whilst training and competing in their chosen sport. Further information is available from Mr. J. Taylor, Director of Sport, Sigma Sixth.

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