Hive Sixth Form provides excellent educational opportunities for all students to achieve success. Our personalised pastoral provision means that students have a supported transition from Key Stage 4 and are ready for their next steps into the wider world after Sixth Form. The core academy values of Respect, Resilience and Success are inherent in our Sixth Form.
All students in Hive Sixth Form at Countesthorpe Academy study level 3 qualifications. The majority of students will study three Level 3 qualifications, with a few studying four qualifications. The level 3 qualifications are composed mostly of academic A levels and a small number of applied or vocational courses. The core aim is for all students to gain qualifications that will enable them to progress onto university, begin an apprenticeship or enter employment.
Dates of Open Evening
Our Open Evening is a great way to explore what HiVE Sixth Form has to offer you.
Open Evening for students wishing to start in September 2022 was Wednesday 3rd November 2021 - our next Open Evening now will be in November 2022 (
However, if you would like to explore our HiVE Sixth Form and find out more about how we can help you achieve your potential please get in touch with Mrs K. Challinor, Head of HiVE Sixth Form (firstname.lastname@example.org ) who will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with a guided tour.
Sixth Form Prospectus
Please download a copy of our Sixth Form Prospectus in PDF format to learn more.
We have a wide range of academic courses on offer, with some applied and vocational courses too. For 2021-22 we are able to offer the following courses (please note that courses crossed out are offered to the cohort but insufficient applications that this course was not viable for the current cohort):
- A level Fine Art
- A Level Business
- A Level Biology
- A Level Chemistry
- A Level Computer Science
- BTEC L3 Dance
- A Level Drama and Theatre (Yr13 only)
- A Level English Literature
A Level Fashion & Textiles
- WJEC Level 3 Food and Nutrition
A Level French
- A Level Further Maths
- BTEC Ext Cert (360GLH) Health and Social Care
- BTEC Diploma (720GLH) Health and Social Care
- A Level History
- CTEC Information Technology
- A Level Geography
- A Level Maths
- A Level Media
A Level Philosophy and Ethics
- CTEC Physical Education
- A Level Physics
- A Level Product Design
- A Level Psychology
- Applied Science
- A Level Sociology
A Level Spanish
- Resit - GCSE Maths
- Resit – GCSE English
Full Details of Courses on Offer
Our campus is located on the edge of rural Leicestershire in the village of Countesthorpe. We have many transport options for our students, including
- safe walking routes from Countesthorpe and Blaby
- Cycle sheds for students who wish to cycle
- Bike parking for students who wish to ride a motorcycle or scooter
- Public transport with the Arriva 85 bus picking up and dropping off right outside our campus
- Private bus services provided by a number of bus companies
For students coming to us from Thomas Estley Community College or Brockington College we run a Sixth Form Minibus service for Sixth Form Students living in the villages of Broughton Astley, Frolesworth and Enderby.
To purchase a Minibus pass please log into https://www.parentpay.com/ or contact us if you have not started at the College yet.
Please note: Routes and timings are subject to change depending upon demand and preferred pick up/drop off points next academic year.
We believe that everyone has a right to a fantastic education, regardless of their financial position. With this in mind we are proud to offer bursary grants to students who require additional financial support.
How it works
We have two types of bursary available Bursary A and Bursary B
- in care
- care leavers
- in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right
- in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right
Students who qualify can receive:
- 100% towards the cost of a bus pass if they live over 2 miles from the College
- 100% towards the cost of educational visits during the year
- 100% towards books and equipment
- 100% cost of attending university interviews and open days, up to a maximum (This includes travel on the day, but not overnight accommodation)
Students who qualify can receive:
- 75% towards the cost of a bus pass if they live over 2 miles from the College
- 75% contribution towards educational visits during the year
- 100% contribution towards books and equipment
- 75% of cost of attending university interviews and open days. (This includes travel on the day, but not overnight accommodation)
Students who qualify can receive:
- 50% towards the cost of a bus pass if they live over 2 miles from the College
- 50% contribution towards educational visits during the year
- 100% contribution towards books
Missed your GCSE English and Maths Grade 5?
Don't worry - we can help!
Where students meet the overall entry requirement of five grade five at GCSE but do not meet the threshold of Grade four English and maths, a compulsory additional lesson in that specialism is timetabled and students re-sit these examinations in the following exam series until they achieve above the grade 4 threshold.
Work Experience & Non Qualification Activities
As a Sixth Form centre that seeks to not only provide excellent academic courses and opportunities we also support you to "be the best you can be" in a wider range of disciplines.
All Year 12 students are required to take part in a week of work experience in July. (This did not happen for the cohorts completing their studies in 2021 or 2022 due to COVID restrictions). Additionally, students are provided with opportunities for virtual WEXP through the Speakers for Schools programme.
Our non-qualification activities develop students’ character, skills, attitudes and confidence. Students in our Sixth Form are required to take part in a number of activities which provide them with opportunity to develop a range of skills in addition to those developed through their academic or applied studies. These are listed below:
- Form time is used to discuss a range of important issues and develop key skills. In particular for our current cohorts this will focus on study skills as students are recognised to have missed out on learning these skills during COVID times.
- All students take part in a wide ranging PSHE programme that is specifically designed for Sixth Form students and enables them to explore their own safety, careers, life skills and wider issues around the world.
- Students are encouraged to read widely and our super curriculum programme is timetabled once per week to provide guidance in research skills.
- High quality IAG is provided for all students through regular input from the Director of Sixth Form, form tutors and the careers advisor.
- Year 12 and 13 students take part in a variety of enrichment programmes ranging from prom committee to chess club to gardening.
- There are a number of opportunities to explore next steps including visits to higher education providers through the PDP programme and a visit in Year 12 to the Midlands HE Fair.
- Careers events comprise of visits to local university for a “university experience day” including a sample lecture and enterprise activities where students are responsible for budgeting and designing a product and selling the idea to investors.
- The Elephant Group programme is available to our most able students who are mentored and provided with opportunities and aspirational activities to encourage them to apply to a top university.
- All students have independent study lessons, blank on their timetable, that enable them to develop their independent learning skills.
- The school actively encourages students in Year 12 to take part in the NCS programme.
- Students are encouraged to take part in the Camps International programme that has visited Borneo and Cambodia in previous years.
- Students are encouraged to take part in activities to support our local community. For example, carol singing to the local care home each December.
- Students receive information on a weekly basis through the Hive Bulletin shared with staff, students and parents to remind of key messages as well as promote opportunities such as virtual work experiences.
- Students participate in fortnightly year group assemblies which aim to inform students of key messages.
- Year 13 students are encouraged to plan their own Yr13 prom and a committee is set up for this.
- Sixth Form Students lead a mentoring program for younger years to help with friendship issues etc supported by staff and with safeguarding training completed.
- The Student Leadership Team is drawn from Sixth Form. Students apply for the post and are interviewed. There are 2 Head Student positions and 2 deputy positions as well as senior prefects. The student leadership team meets to discuss current issues and are tasked to explore an area to develop the college.
- Student Ambassadors. Many of our Sixth Form opt to become student ambassadors. They represent the college at Parents evenings and provide a fantastic support to staff during these evenings.
Want to study with us?
If you are ready for the challenge, we're ready to help you reach your goals.
If you are unable to apply via PS16 for any reason please click here to download an application form in Word Format and please return it to email@example.com.
More able, High Achieving and Gifted & Talented StudentsWe are proud to be working in partnership with The Elephant Group to support our Sixth Form students in accessing top universities. This provision is an exciting opportunity for our more able students to receive specific help and support in applying to the top universities in the country. Our most able Sixth Form students are selected to take part in this programme and we are proud to be the only Sixth Form in the local area that provides this opportunity to young people.
If you have more questions please get in touch with Mrs K Challinor who will be happy to help you.