Sixth Form

Applications for Sixth Form are now open. Come and join us for September 2023.

Welcome to Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy Sixth Form

The next steps in your educational journey are both exciting and important. It is a time when you are able to choose subjects that you enjoy from a selection of academic and vocational courses. The qualifications that you gain in these subjects will allow you to progress to university, an apprenticeship or into the world of work.

The information provided on this website, as well as discussions with subject and careers staff, will help you to make the right decisions about your future and ensure you choose the right courses for you. As part of the support we offer to help you make these choices, all students are invited to attend an interview with a senior member of staff to discuss their preferred subjects and to offer guidance on their application.

You will see from these pages that there is a wide range of courses on offer. All our students sign up to a study programme which includes both academic and enrichment opportunities. Please look through this site, and our prospectus, carefully in preparation for your interview where you will get the chance to discuss your personal pathway in more detail. Please contact us if you have any specific subject questions.

Mrs K Kendall, Assistant Principal – KS5
0191 433 4026 ext 211

Choosing your subjects

There are a wide range of courses on offer in our sixth form and it is important that you select the right courses from the start.

You should choose courses that will allow you to move onto the career or studies you are targeting in the future. Some degree courses require particular A Levels/BTECs and grades, so you need to research this before you start making choices.

It is a good idea to pick subjects that you will enjoy and be successful in. Talk to subject teachers about what is involved and your suitability for their courses. Also talk to older students who are currently studying the courses that you might be interested in.

Gather as much information as you can from the website and prospectus, and listen carefully to the advice offered at your individual interview that you will attend with your parents/carers. All of this will give you information about the best pathway for you.

Our sixth form curriculum allows you to:

  • develop academic learning
  • develop personal, social and emotional skills
  • develop an awareness of the world around them
  • research and take part in opportunities in the work place and make preparations for life post-18

We offer the following academic qualifications:

  • A levels
  • Level 3 qualifications (equivalent to 1 A level)
  • EPQ
  • Resit maths or English

While at Lord Lawson you will also attend:

  • Sixth Form Studies lessons
  • Tutorial time
  • Weekly assemblies
  • 1 week work experience
  • Life After Lord Lawson event
You will pick 3 subjects from the 2 year courses offered below. If you would like to do 4 A Levels you will be interviewed on an individual basis.

A Levels

  • 3D Design
  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama and Theatre
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Further Maths
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphics
  • History
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Photography
  • PE
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


Vocational courses are equivalent to 1 A Level.

  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Science
  • Business
  • Computing
  • Health and Social Care
  • Information Technology
  • Music


Our Sixth Form students have gone on to study at some of the following destinations:

  • Askham Bryan
  • Bath Spa
  • Central Lancashire
  • Cambridge
  • Durham
  • De Montfort
  • Edinburgh
  • Newcastle
  • Northumbria
  • Nottingham Trent
  • Liverpool
  • Liverpool Hope
  • Liverpool John Moores
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds Art
  • London South Bank
  • Loughborough
  • Manchester
  • Oxford
  • Salford
  • Sunderland
  • Sussex
  • Teesside
  • York
  • York St John


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