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Frequently Asked Questions

Here we've tried to answer as many of the most popular questions we get asked, but if we haven't covered your question below, feel free to contact us on 0191 272 1001 or email us at enquiries@newcastlesixthformcollege.co.uk

Who can apply to study at Newcastle Sixth Form College?

Newcastle Sixth Form College is a college for school leavers, so you need to be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August 2017 in order to study with us. 

What can I study?

We offer full time programmes of study at Newcastle Sixth Form College.

A Levels (2 years full time) - you will study 3 or 4 different subjects. 

Access to A Levels - a 3 year programme. In year 1 you will study 5 GCSEs, then, depending on your final grades, could progress onto A Levels. 

Can I study just one subject, or study part time?

Usually, no. 

Our students study a full time programme at Newcastle Sixth Form College. In some circumstances we can make an alternative programme available to students as a reasonable adjustment due to a specific learning difficulty. 

Can I resit qualifications I have already studied elsewhere?

Typically, you can't resit qualifications, unless it is to achieve a GCSE in English Language or Maths where a grade A* - C has not already been achieved.

So, if you have a grade D in GCSE English Language, you could resit it as part of a programme of study with us.  However, if you have already achieved a grade C, you would not be able to study this qualification again with us. 

I started studying A Levels somewhere else but didn't complete them - can I study A Levels at Newcastle Sixth Form College?

Yes - although we would want to know the reasons why you did not complete them, and we would also take your GCSE exam results into consideration.

I failed my AS exams - can I take them again this year?

No - if you have already taken AS exams and failed them, you will not be able to study them again. 

I'm over 18. Why can't I study at Newcastle Sixth Form College?

Newcastle Sixth Form College specialises in teaching students aged 16 – 18 and we do not accept any students outside of this age range.

However, Newcastle College does offer a programme of Higher Education Foundation Courses (HEFC) which can provide an alternative route to higher education and university for students over 18. The needs of adult learners are distinctly different from school leavers, with different requirements in terms of academic support and learning styles, and HEFC is specifically aimed at these learners.

For more information about HEFC, please contact Newcastle College by calling 0191 200 4000 or visiting www.ncl-coll.ac.uk

I'm 18 and will turn 19 next year. Can I take a 2 year programme of study?

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August 2017, you can enrol onto a 2 year programme of study at Newcastle Sixth Form College. 

For further details please contact 0191 226 6232.

If I study the Access to A Levels GCSE programme, and I am 18, can I then progress to A Levels?

Unfortunately not. 

Whilst Access to A Levels students can be 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August 2017, a student who is age 18 on 31 August 2017 would then turn 19 in 2018 and therefore not be eligible to progress to a further 2 year programme of study, after their Access to A Levels programme. 

We do, however, work closely with all students to ensure that they can access appropriate next steps in their education on completion of their studies at Newcastle Sixth Form College. 

I've studied a different type of Level 3 qualification to A Levels already (for example, BTEC Nationals, Extended Diploma). Can I now study A Levels?

If you have already completed a Level 3 qualification and are applying for subjects you haven't done before, then this is typically acceptable, assuming that you are still within the eligible age range. 

If you are applying to study subjects in the same subject as you have previously studied (e.g. you have studied BTEC National Diploma in Business and have applied for A Level Business Studies), then students would have to consider other subject areas as part of their programme of study with us. 

Generally speaking, as long as a student is 16, 17 or 18, they can study at Newcastle Sixth Form College as long as it is not a resit, or a similar subject to one they have already studied. 

I have studied AS Levels at another sixth form, can I transfer to NSFC to complete my A2 year?

We have a number of students who transfer to NSFC from other school sixth forms and colleges, every year. Being able to transfer to us depends on which exam boards you are currently studying with, and the subject content that you have already covered during your AS year. 

If you would like more information about this process, please call us on 0191 226 6233.

If you have any questions that aren't answered here, please give us a call on 0191 226 6232 or you can email us at enquiries@newcastlesixthformcollege.co.uk

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