Joining our sixth form

We take students from both Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy and from other schools in the area. Our admissions process aims to ensure that all students have access to appropriate courses that they will, with the right attitude and work ethic, be very successful in.

The process of recruitment starts early in November and is designed to help provide as much information, advice and guidance as possible to help students make these important decisions for their next steps. All students will take up 2 year courses in A levels, BTECs or a combination of both.

Entry requirements

  • Our course centre requirements for all courses are grade 4 or above in 5 subjects including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics with a good attitude to learning.
  • Students will also need to meet the course entry grades for the subjects applied for as specified in the prospectus. The majority of A levels require a grade 6 or higher in a particular subject. Please see individual subject pages in the prospectus.
  • Our Sixth Form students are role models to our younger pupils in terms of their aspirations and academic contributions. They will be guaranteed an individual Study Programme that meets their needs and will be expected to sign the Sixth Form Learning Agreement.
  • In order to be successful in the courses we offer, students will need to have grade 4 in both English Language and Maths. We do understand that for a small minority of students, there may be issues surrounding this so we will speak to applicants on an individual basis with their parents/carers before admission if this is the case.

Admissions timeline

Applications to be completedFriday 18 November 2022
Consultation with a senior member of staffDecember 2022
All offers madeFebruary half term 2023
Introduction to Sixth Form eventJune 2023
GCSE results dayThursday 24 August 2023
Enrolment dayThursday 24 August 2023


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