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.

The Philip Morant Sixth Form College  ‘Sigma Sixth Colchester’ welcomes over half of its students from local schools and non-Sigma Trust schools. They quickly become important and valued members of our college community.

  • At our sixth form college our young people are valued. We have the highest expectations from all our students, whether that is academic achievement, involvement in the sixth form and care for each other.

Students can study a wide range of subjects at A-level or choose to study from our selection of L3 qualifications, including BTECs. The sixth form has a long tradition of academic excellence with many students securing places at top (Russell Group) universities or apprenticeships in leading companies. 

Our teachers are experts within their field with many of them having taught the A-Level courses for a number of years. All of our teachers are passionate about their subjects and extend their curriculums so students learn about issues and concepts which places them at an advantage when they apply for university or higher apprenticeships. They will also provide the very best care, guidance and support.

We are proud to include a Sports Academy which uses the sports facilities 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-Level PE.

We are a progressive sixth form, with a proven track record of excellent examination results and excellent student care. Life in the sixth form is relaxed yet purposeful. Sigma Sixth will give you the opportunity to take part in a broad range of enrichment activities alongside your main programme of study. Some activities enable you to gain additional qualifications or experiences, whilst others allow you to develop a creative talent or leadership skills. Here at Sigma Sixth we have the highest expectations of our students, nurturing a growth mindset and ‘can do’ attitude.

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

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

We thank you for considering our sixth form and hope that the information provided enables you to make the best choice for you in terms of courses and institution for continued education Post 16. We are committed to share this journey with you.

“Teachers in the sixth form have strong subject knowledge and convey their enthusiasm for their subjects well.” (Ofsted)

Scott Holder | Executive Head Teacher 

Peta Smith  | Assistant Head Teacher (Head of College)

Our Campus

Partnership with Essex University

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 is divided into two distinct provisions:

  • A-level and/or BTEC equivalents
  • Sports Academy BTEC Programme

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. In the 6th Form, all students will follow three subjects, (and for the most able, four if they wish) from a large number of choices. Students can choose to study BTECs. Each BTEC takes the time of three A-levels and is delivered over 2 years. Students must successfully pass Year 12 in order to continue into Year 13. All Post 16 courses require wholehearted commitment in order to achieve the best possible result, which is why we place a great emphasis on ensuring our students are developing a skill set that will prepare them for whatever they choose to do next.

How To Apply


Candidates must have:

  • A Level: A minimum of five passes at grade 5 or higher at GCSE, three of which must be a grade 6 or higher. Within these passes, there must be a grade 5 or higher in English Language and Maths.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development: 4 or more GCSE grades of 9 – 4, including English Language & Maths preferrable. (Student can resit Maths or English, if necessary.)

Sigma Sixth Sports Academy

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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