A Levels

We are A Level above.

There's lots of reasons to choose to study A Levels at Gateshead College Sixth Form, all proving we are a level above other schools and colleges.

  • Dedicated university application service
  • Guaranteed work experience
  • Outstanding science and maths teaching thanks to an exclusive partnership with Cardinal Hume School
  • Chance to join the best Sport Academy in the region
  • Inspirational work experience placements
  • Small class sizes and one-to-one support
  • Expert careers advice

It has always been my dream to be a doctor and now I am on my way.

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A Levels FAQ

A Levels are qualifications that are highly valued by universities and are particularly suitable for students who enjoy a traditional approach to learning. They cover a range of academic subjects, as well as some vocational, work-related ones.

Each subject has different entry requirements. They are all outlined in each of the course information sheets. 

Most of our students take four subjects in the first year (Year 12) and continue with the other three in the second year (Year 13).

It’s important you choose the right ones as this will help shape your future and determine which university degrees you can apply for. But don’t worry, our dedicated team of careers advisers and expert teachers are on hand to support you every step of the way. You can make an appointment to see a careers adviser or drop in and see a member of our teaching team at any of our Enrolment Events.

To give you a guide, it’s a good idea to; 

  • Choose subjects you enjoy.
  • Choose subjects you are good at and are predicted to get good GCSE grades in.
  • Choose subjects that are assessed in a way that suits you, for example some student prefer exams, others are better at coursework.
  • Choose subjects that are appropriate to your chosen degree or career – we can help you with this.
  • Consider an English and a maths course – it’s important not to overlook these core skills as they’re valued by employers and universities.

An AS level is the first year of a full A Level. You will complete this in the first year of Sixth Form, or Year 12. They can be a stand alone qualification, but most of our students go onto complete a full A Level over two years.

Once you have attended an Enrolment Event, you’ll be invited to a Subject Choice event. At this event our expert team of teachers and Careers Advisers will be on hand to offer one to one help and advice on which subjects are the best choice for you based on your predicted GCSE grades, your university or career ambitions and what you enjoy. And don’t worry if you’re a bit unsure about what career or university degree you want; we can help with this too!

You’ll make your final decisions on which subjects to study after you receive your GCSE results. We’re open throughout the summer and our team of friendly experts will be on hand to help you.

Gateshead College Sixth Form is part of Gateshead College. You’ll study at our world class Baltic Campus, based on Gateshead Quays, just 10 minutes from all major transport links at Gateshead Interchange. We’ve invested more than £80million in our facilities and most recently £150,000 upgrading our IT systems and equipment.

A key strength of Gateshead College Sixth Form is our fantastic team of expert teachers who are friendly and down to earth – our students always comment on the sense of family we have. A typical A Level study programme is made up of four subjects, so you’ll be taught by four to six different teachers.

Our science and maths teachers come from Cardinal Hume Catholic School (Grade 1 Outstanding, Ofsted), so if you choose these subjects, you’ll get some of the best teaching in the region.

An A Level study programme timetable is made up of a variety of different learning experiences, effectively bridging the gap between school and university. Each day will run from 9am to 5pm, five days a week and is made up of the following:

Subject lessons

Each of your chosen subjects will be timetabled for four hours a week. Closer to exam time, we add in another hour to help with revision. You’ll also take part in group work and one to one sessions with your subject teachers.

Personal tutor sessions

You’ll have a personal tutor and three hours of tutorial sessions that will focus on study and employability skills as well as one to one support to set targets and track your progress. 

Independent study

You’ll have at least five hours of independent study each week to help you get used to planning your time effectively and be better prepared for university.

Work experience

We have a network of more than 450 employers so we can offer you the opportunity to attend an inspirational work experience placement based on your career or university ambitions. 

Enrichment activities

From zumba to football tournaments and foreign exchange trips to university visits, we offer a varied programme of enrichment activities to ensure your CV and university application are packed full of experiences.

Academy for sport

You can become a member of our Academy for Sport, one of the best in the region. You can choose a range of academy teams including rugby, football, golf or athletics and along with competing weekly you’ll receive a personalised training and nutrition programme, expert coaching and the chance to train at some of the best facilities in the country.

If you don’t achieve the grades you were hoping for at GCSE don’t worry. We’re open on GCSE results day and our team of Careers Advisers can help you plan what do to next.

Plus, you can resit your English and maths with us.

It’s fine to change your mind about what to study; just let us know.

Yes. But if you’re not able to study full time, we usually suggest adult students do no more than two subjects in any one year.  

Around 84% of our students successfully progress onto university, with others deciding to step straight into work, the armed forces or a higher apprenticeship.  

We have strong links with universities; including Russell Group Universities, the most prestigious in the country, such as the University of Cambridge, Durham University and the University of York.

For most A Level subjects you will sit an exam towards the end of each year. Most vocational A Level subjects are assessed by coursework.