Aquinas College strives to be a Catholic college for the whole community. Christ is at the very heart of our philosophy. This is expressed in our commitment to the Gospel values of freedom, justice and love.

At Aquinas College, we have a fantastic range of courses available and a state-of-the-art building in which to study. We provide courses for the local community and share our college and our ethos with our adult learners. The college mission is at the heart of our provision and we pride ourselves on delivering a variety of courses delivered by enthusiastic and passionate teachers. Our learners return year-on-year and we can confidently state that it is an inspiring place to learn a skill, achieve a qualification and make new friends.

Aquinas Sixth Form College

As a college we are committed to caring for each individual student.  If you are prepared to work hard you will find Aquinas a supportive and challenging environment.  We have the highest expectations of all our students.

We set rigorous standards of work and achievement and believe that each student deserves the very best possible support to reach her or his full potential.

Our most recent Ofsted inspection report said, “A very welcoming and positive atmosphere reflects a culture of equality, tolerance, respect, support and success”.  If you would like to share in this atmosphere, or wish to find out more about Aquinas College, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are always happy to help. Danny Pearson, Principal

At Aquinas Sixth Form College, you can choose to study:


A-Levels are two-year courses; the majority are 100% examined with exams at the end of the second year. In some subjects there is a small coursework component, please check the individual subject pages via the sixth form course directory.

Level 2 Courses

We only offer a limited number of GCSE and other level 2 courses. If you do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths, you will need to enrol on the appropriate GCSE course. This is to ensure your progression, either to Level 3 courses at Aquinas or to access other options, as many routes require you to have GCSE Maths and English plus three other grade 4 or equivalent passes. Level 2 courses are completed within a one year programme.

Level 3 Vocational Courses

Vocational Courses have the same equivalence as A-Levels; eg both a Distinction * and A level A* are worth 56 UCAS points. They are assessed by a combination of exams, controlled assessment and coursework. These assessments take place throughout the two-year period of study; for the majority you will complete exams or controlled assessment, alongside coursework in both the first and second year. The results of these assessments count towards your final grade. Please check the individual assessment arrangements on the subject pages via the sixth form course directory.

Adult Education Courses

We offer a variety of academic courses including the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualifications, GCSEs, Functional Skills and two Access to Higher Education pathways. This includes education and training for adults who want to upskill, improve their employment chances and/or move into higher education. We have a unique selling point in that our courses run in the evening so that people can fit their studies around employment or family commitments. Beginning a course after a long period of time away from education can be very daunting but our friendly staff make the process much less stressful.

Becoming an Aquinas student is much more than simply choosing your next educational establishment or furthering your steps into a chosen career;  it is becoming a member of our wider community and, as with most things in life, the more you put in the more you get out.

Contact Aquinas College

Adult Education

0161 419 3620

Sixth Form College

0161 483 3237