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About us

Director’s welcome

I hope that the information within this website gives you the information you are looking for and helps you to make the right choice for taking the next step in your learning.

Inspired by the purpose and achievements of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), LIPA Sixth Form College focuses on acting, dance, music and music production, musical theatre and technical theatre and design.  Our students work towards achieving nationally-recognised University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma qualifications, while at the same time benefiting from excellent teaching and the breadth of professional industry experience our teaching team offers.

Influenced by the LIPA ethos of collaborative working across all disciplines and our emphasis on project-based learning, we can provide what you need to prepare for a wide range of creative and performing arts futures.

We are one of a handful of Further Education providers in England to focus specifically on the creative and performing arts. As a local Sixth Form College, most of our students come from Liverpool and the wider Merseyside area. Our new, purpose-rebuilt facilities are located at 70 Hope Street within the LIPA campus in Liverpool’s city centre, and include the Willy Russell Studio Theatre, recording studio, music technology suites, dance and drama studios, music rehearsal rooms and a scenic design and construction studio.

We had our first Ofsted inspection since opening in February 2019 and were rated 'Outstanding' in all areas.

Having been oversubscribed since opening in September 2016, we expect to be so again for 2020 entry.

However, don't let that put you off applying - a significant proportion of our student intake didn't have any formal training in their subject. This reinforces our belief that what matters most is talent and aptitude – we realise that not everyone will have had the same opportunities so far. At interview and audition, we will look at your existing abilities and experience, but we will be just as interested in your potential to build on what you have done and to develop your skills with us.

We will do our best to make sure that your two years with us will stand you in good stead for going on to Higher Education or straight into work.

In return for your commitment, dedication and hard work, we will devote ourselves to you and your future.

Why not join us?

Charles Bartholomew
Director of LIPA Sixth Form College