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Welcome to the Post 16 section of our website!


Briarwood’s purpose built Sixth Form Centre opened in 2015 and caters for 16-19-year-old students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), students on the Autistic Spectrum (ASD) and with complex needs. The Sixth Form Centre is a provision for 25 young adults and is comprised of three classrooms, dedicated art/vocational studies room, food tech facilities and a common room for students to interact with each other, relax and spend their break time.

The Sixth Form centre includes students that started their education journey with Briarwood, however we invite pupils who have started their educational journey elsewhere to visit and apply for a placement. The main requirement to offer a place to your adult is a statement of educational needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The admissions are through Bristol City Council SEN department.

At Briarwood Sixth Form Centre, it is our conviction the planning and preparation for life beyond our school should be in the crux of our curriculum. Within Sixth Form, all aspects of the curriculum stem from this philosophy fulfilling the Preparing for Adulthood outcomes, which are:

  • Employment
  • Health
  • Independent Living
  • Community Inclusion


For further information follow this link.


In the Sixth Form department, the curriculum has as its foundation the pupils’ individual strengths and needs. Therefore, each pupil belongs to a tutor group and a learning group. In the tutor groups (mixed ability groups), students have opportunities to be around other students with different needs and learn how to be around them. This is a very important step for their transition to adulthood, their independent skills and personal enrichment. The learning groups are comprised of students with mostly the same level of ability, so they can be challenged and promote their learning appropriately. The students every day are based in their tutor groups but for lessons, such as functional numeracy & literacy, independent leaving, employability, community participation and health & relationships, they have to transition to a different classroom.


Our curriculum is driven by student need and pathways; however, we are able to accredit learning through nationally recognised awarding bodies: ASDAN and NCFE. We endeavour to ensure that all students leave Briarwood Post 16 with an exciting portfolio of qualifications to demonstrate their strengths and achievements to their next providers.


Please see below our Post 16 Curriculum Policy & Information Handbook for further information:

KS5 curriculum policy and information

Post 16 data

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