Bilborough College

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Bilborough Sixth Form College
Type Sixth form college
Established 1975
Principal Mr Chris Bradford
Location Nottingham, England

Bilborough Sixth Form College is a particularly successful sixth form college in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The college has students from across the conurbation. A third of its students come from Nottingham, another third from the surrounding Nottinghamshire and a third from South East Derbyshire and Derby city. The majority of students will study at the college for two years.


Opened in 1957 as Bilborough Grammar School, the school became a sixth form college in 1975 when Nottingham's education system became comprehensive. The college has grown from 635 students to 1600 full-time students enrolled to be attending the college in September 2016. The college has a 65% of female students and 35% male.

The new accommodations opened officially on 21 July 2006. The new building is divided into 3 blocks (A, B and C) and 4 floors (0-3). The new building has a photographic lab, lecture theatre, theatre, shop, refectory, large art rooms, library and "sound proof" music rooms. The development, designed by CPMG Architects, has already won a design award from the local civic society, and has more recently received the Lord Mayor of Nottingham's Award for Urban Design.


The curriculum is based on AS-level and A-level provision with the option for some BTEC qualifications. The college offers students the opportunity to study a variety of subjects.

A Level[edit]

Visual and Performing Arts Social Science Language and Communication Professional Studies Science and PE Mathematics and Computing Extended Studies
Art Ethics, Philosophy and Religion English Language Accounting Biology Computer Science Critical Thinking
Dance Geography English Literature Business Studies Chemistry Further Mathematics Extended Project Qualification
Drama and Theatre Studies Government and Politics French Economics Electronics Mathematical Studies General Studies
Film Studies History German Law Physical Education Mathematics Latin
Media Studies Psychology Spanish Physics
Music Sociology
Music Technology
Product Design


The college offers BTEC qualifications across the following areas:

  • Public Services
  • Performing Arts
  • Information Technology
  • Creative Digital Media Production
  • Business
  • Sport
  • Applied Science
  • Applied Law

International Baccalaureate[edit]

The International Baccalaureate was taught at the college from 2009 to 2016 and celebrated some of the best national results, including three 40+ scores. As of 20156 the IB is no longer being offered to new students.

Academic performance[edit]

Bilborough College students have achieved an impressive 99.2% A Level pass rate, exceeding 98% for the twelfth consecutive year, with 27 of the subjects on offer reaching pass rates of 100%. Twenty-five per cent of entries achieved A*- A, 3% more than the previous year, while over 50% achieved grades A*-B.[1]

The most recent Ofsted inspection, in 2016, found the college rated as “good” by inspectors who said that teaching was “highly effective” and that students worked hard.[2] Previously, the college also earned an Ofsted Particularly Successful College awards, this award recognised the excellent results for the college in 2004 and in 2005.



  1. ^ "A Level Results exceed 99% - Bilborough College". Bilborough College. 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Bilborough is a "Good" college: Ofsted 2016 - Bilborough College". Bilborough College. 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 

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Coordinates: 52°58′01″N 1°14′05″W / 52.96694°N 1.23472°W / 52.96694; -1.23472