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Access to Level 3

Access to Level 3 (GCSE) study programme


If you are keen to do A Levels but didn’t quite get the grades, you can improve your results with this programme which allows you to do 4 GCSEs in a year – these could be resits or entirely new subjects.

Entry to this study programme is discussed on an individual basis but typically requires a combination of GCSEs at grade 3. It is useful to have at least one or two passes (grade 4) as this will help you succeed after the programme, because many schools, colleges and employers look for at least five GCSEs.

If you have not passed either your Maths or English, these subjects would be compulsory. The remainder of the subject options are provisional until we reach enrolment, and so we offer a diverse range of subjects for you to consider at application stage, and final subject options are decided at enrolment.

It is really important that we can help you succeed at your GCSEs so your application will be followed by an admissions appointment to confirm this is the right option for you. At enrolment you will have another chat with a senior member of staff, they will look at your existing GCSE results, your planned progression route and possible future career choices. Attendance, attitude and motivation are all essential for success. We will discuss these with you and will also ask for a recent school report. There may be occasions where we contact your previous school for a reference.


You will study four subjects from the list below and have at least 2 hours of Personal Development every week in addition to supervised independent study.

At the start of your programme we will ask you to complete Literacy and Numeracy assessments so we can put in place any support needed to help you succeed.

At the end of the year, when you have successfully achieved your results, this will allow you to either continue on to study A Levels, which you can do with us, or apply to study a vocational Level 3 course elsewhere – allowing you to succeed in the future.



Coming to Newcastle Sixth Form has given me the perfect balance between independence and in-class learning, so that I can find the best environment for me to succeed.
Denise Chapim, Sociology
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Talk to: Amy Scott

Vice Principal 

0191 272 1001

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