The Gateway, Student Services

Queen Alex Sixth Form College offers a range of courses and training options available across all levels, from entry level to Higher Education. The college have a team of dedicated Student Advisors who will be more than happy to help you explore options available to find the right next step for you. You'll find the Advisors in The Gateway, our drop in centre located just next to Reception at the main entrance of college of our Coast Road campus.

 We understand that not all students are the same. That’s why we create personalised study programmes for each and every one of our students so they can continue to achieve.  We bring learning to life and offer support and guidance through every step of your college journey.

In short, we help turn our students’ career ambitions into reality. 

Our Student Advisors can support you on all of the following:

  • Advice and guidance on course and training information
  • Careers guidance – Our careers advisors hold interviews to discuss which options are most suitable for you.  Please remember all advice and guidance is impartial.
  • Financial support information, advice and guidance
  • Signposting to other services

Get in Touch

Telephone: 0191 229 5000, option 2

LiveChat: This is accessed via our website in the chat button at the bottom right corner. The team are available 9am-5pm (Monday – Thursday) 9am-4.30pm (Friday)

Alternatively, you can pop the Student Gateway, located just off main reception. (Please note, you will need to wear a mask in this room and maintain social distancing)

Gateway opening times

Term-time: Monday 9am - 5pm, Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 7pm, Friday 9am - 4.30pm

College Holidays: Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm, Friday 9am - 4.30pm

 Student Support 

We want you to have the best experience when studying with us, but we also want to make sure you are supported every step of your student journey. 

Check out our our video here which explains the student support available to all students. 

 Student finance

Many of our students do not have to pay for their course tuition fees; they are paid by the Government or the College on your behalf. Some students are also eligible for extra help with costs such as childcare, books, travel, trips and equipment.

For more information about Welfare & Financial Support, click here.

View our student finance FAQs here.

FREE travel and FREE lunches for 16-18 year olds*

If you live more than 3 miles from the College and your household income is less than £40k per year, you may be eligible for a free travel pass (if you live in Tyne & Wear) or financial support towards travel (if you live in an area outside of Tyne & Wear) of up to £300 per term or £900 per year.

Learners who live within the North Tyneside Council area need to apply to the council for help with travel costs.

If you are studying full-time, with an income of less than £40k per year, you may be entitled to free lunches.

*All support is subject to criteria

Meet the Team

GATEWAY MANAGER - Lindsey Grainger


IAG OFFICER - Deb Walker-Moore

IAG OFFICER - Andrea Corrigan

IAG OFFICER - Cathy Turton

IAG OFFICER - Nicol Bramley

IAG OFFICER - Natalie Hay



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Latest News

Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College has made the A level grade once again – with virtually perfect pass rates.

Seventy-five students helped the North Shields college gain a stunning overall pass rate of 98.6%.

They include Lauren Collins, 18, from Howden, who has won a place at Cambridge University with 3 A* grades in law, psychology and history.

Daniel Blacklock, 18, gained A* in maths and physics, and Lauren Hallewell, also 18, achieved A* in law and business and an A in sociology.

And Max Ramage, 19, has won a place at Newcastle University after gaining A* in psychology and business and an A in maths.


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Cross-curricular expert Joanne Chadwick has been appointed the new head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College.
Joanne, 36, aims to continue the pursuit of educational excellence for school-leavers attending Queen Alexandra, one of England’s best performing sixth forms.


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