Parents and
Carers

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Students hugging

FINDING THE RIGHT NEXT STEP

Not only is it a scary and exciting time for students, parents and carers want to make sure they’re choosing the right next steps, with support every step of the way. 

At Queen Alexandra Sixth Form college, we believe students with more freedom are destined to succeed. That’s why every one of our high-quality A Level courses and BTEC courses empower students to learn independently with the support of expert teaching and outstanding facilities.

 

 

Once students have finished their course at Queen Alex, they’ll not only have a recognised academic qualification, but the confidence to take the next steps and start turning their ambition into reality.

 

Course Types

No matter which route our students choose to take, we combine independent learning and expert support to help them reach their destination.

A Level
BTEC

A Level

Our wide range of AS and A2 courses provide students with an excellent way to gain access to university or higher level apprenticeships. Students study three AS Level subjects in their first year (depending on their GCSE grades) and then continue with three A2 Level subjects in their second year.

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BTEC

BTEC Nationals are level 3 vocational qualifications that provide the same access to Higher Education as A Levels. Our courses provide specialist, work-related learning in a range of disciplines, from Art and Design to Business.

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How to apply

Students can easily kick off their application by browsing courses and selecting either up to 3 A Levels or a single BTEC National course right here on our website

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Why join Queen Alex?

At Queen Alex, our teachers are passionate about every pupil’s success. No matter their background or future ambition, we treat each student as an individual, and have a team of experts on hand to offer whatever support is needed.

This supportive and welcoming environment is the ideal place for students to bridge the gap between school and university or employment, and achieve their personal best.

98% STUDENTS GET ACCEPTED INTO
THEIR 1ST CHOICE
UNIVERSITY COURSE

OVER 98% STUDENT
PASS RATE

THE ONLY
STEM ASSURED
COLLEGE IN THE
NORTH OF ENGLAND

A LEVEL RATE
OF ACHIEVEMENT
IS 10.9% ABOVE THE
NATIONAL AVERAGE

RANKED IN TOP 4
FE INSTITUTES
NATIONALLY FOR ACHIEVEMENT RATES

A GROWN-UP ENVIRONMENT WITH THE SUPPORT YOU’D GET IN SCHOOL

Don't just take our word for it

Ofsted

Ofsted rating, 2019

“Lecturers use their subject expertise to design high-quality learning resources and activities that help learners to develop their knowledge.”

Sandra Oakes

Parent of Student Jake Oakes

“Queen Alex has proved to be an ideal choice for both my sons. They both had different needs and expectations when joining Queen Alex, yet all were met, from confidence building to encouraging a mature outlook and taking responsibility for themselves. Being respected by their teachers has meant a win win relationship for both parties.

I would highly recommend Queen Alex for school leavers requiring a shift from a school environment to a more adult way of learning.”

 

Jonathan Heath

Headteacher, John Spence High School

“The team at Queen Alex work exceptionally hard with our students to help them understand the pathways and possibilities that are ahead of them with objective advice that truly helps them to make the right decisions as they enter post 16 education.”

WELL-BEING FIRST

Success at sixth form goes beyond education and qualifications. Students also need to be supported in other areas of life, which is why we put their well-being first.

We have a team of dedicated on-site mental health ambassadors and counsellors who are always on hand to chat and offer students support when needed.

Additional services to ensure students have everything they need to succeed include financial, careers, and Higher Education guidance, and Tutorial Coaches.

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FAQs

Why choose Queen Alex?

Queen Alex Sixth Form College offers a unique environment for A level and BTEC success, with experienced teachers, dedicated support staff and outstanding facilities supporting learning and development.

What is the difference between sixth form colleges and school sixth forms?

Although it might seem a scary starting somewhere new, there are lots of advantages to choosing a sixth form college over staying on at your school’s own sixth form.

Firstly, sixth form colleges tend to be a little more informal, and here at QA we don’t require our students to wear a uniform. Students also call their teachers by their first name, which can help to build really strong relationships.

Sixth form colleges are also generally bigger than school sixth forms, with the majority of our students studying between 16-19. This means that students won’t be sharing corridors and classrooms with year 7s and will have dedicated learning spaces. Also, as our students come from all different schools, this creates the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

Possibly the biggest difference between the two is the experience. As a sixth form college, we work a little bit more like a university, and offer students a more adult environment where they can develop their independence, confidence, and tenacity. By coming out of their comfort zone and meeting new students, and staff, they are setting themselves up for success in the future.

What is the pass rate at Queen Alex?

Our academic results continue to impress year on year and our 100% pass rate is indicative of the high standard of teaching and support on offer at Queen Alex Sixth Form.

What does an A level timetable look like?

With the opportunity to study up to four subjects, every students’ timetable will look a little different.

However, students can expect a number of free periods alongside their lesson times, in which we recommend they use to support their studies.

How can students access additional learning support at Queen Alex?

We understand how important it is for students to feel comfortable and confident during their time with us, both in and out of the classroom.

Each year our dedicated ALS team provide support for students with a wide variety of learning needs and disabilities and work closely with schools and the local authority to ensure the appropriate support is put in place.

Before beginning their A-level journey, students can highlight any additional needs on their application form, and a member of our ALS team will then design them a bespoke support package. But don’t worry, it’s never too late to ask for help and our friendly team can support at any stage of study

What support is in place?

Although there is a bigger focus on independent study, students will be offered continuous support throughout their time with us.

Here at Queen Alex, we pride ourselves on the wrap around support that we offer. Our dedicated Student Services team are here to help students through every step of their learner journey from one-to-one guidance to funding and financial advice, our team welcome students to drop by for a chat or make an appointment in advance.

Each student is also assigned a Tutorial Coach who will provide one-to-one reviews, support to achieve personal goals, help with university applications alongside personal statements and CV writing. Tutorial coaches set targets with each student and assess their progress throughout the year and ensure they remain on track with their studies.

We also have dedicated Mental Health Ambassadors who are on hand for a chat or to offer support when needed, our on-site Counsellor is also available to all students.

What progression opportunities are there after A Levels?

A large proportion of our students progress onto Higher Education following the competition of their A Levels.

Others go onto apprenticeships, gap years, further study or straight into full-time employment. Our Careers Hub is available to all students and offers a range of advice about further education, prospective interviews, CV building and Higher Education opportunities so there is plenty of opportunity to receive Career Guidance no matter what our learner’s progression goals are.

What extracurricular activities are on offer at Queen Alex?

Here at Queen Alex, our learners receive more than just a qualification.

For students who are interested in sport, our North East Sports Academy offers personalised sport programmes for all abilities, leadership and volunteering opportunities alongside a wide range of work placements.

Alternatively, our Students Union offer a variety of activities held throughout the year, encouraging students to get involved in charity events, entrepreneurial projects, and an array of other challenges. Students can be involved in as much or as little as they want in line with their studies.

Where is the college located?

Our Wallsend campus is ideally situated between the coast and Newcastle city centre and has over 350 parking spaces.

IF you are traveling by bus, there are nine different bus routes that have stops close to Queen Alex. For more information on how to get to us, visit www.travelinenortheast.info and click on ‘North East’ and plan your journey to the college using ‘Battle Hill Drive’ as the location.

How can we find out more information about the college?

Our Advice and Enrolment events are a great way to find out more about our range of courses, chat to our dedicated lecturing staff, tour the facilities and get a real feel for life at college.

You can also follow us on social media to keep up to date with all of our latest news and events.

Get in touch

Our team is always ready to help. So if you have questions on courses, your career, or anything else, complete this contact form and we’ll be in touch.