School Leaver

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Part-Time - Day Hartlepool Sixth Form A-Levels Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically and make informed decisions; all skills that are required to be successful in any business environment.

Understanding the nature and purpose of business, mangers, leadership and decision making are just some of the topics that are included in the course. As well this you will be expected to analyse the strategic position of a business, taking into account the internal factors and external environment that can impact upon the success and competitiveness of an organisation. You will also explore all the major business functions such as marketing, finance and human resource management.

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 5-9, including Maths & English Language

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

Assessment will be in the format of three, 2 hour external examinations that include a variety of assessment styles that consist of multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies.

Each paper will be out of 100 marks and equate to 33.3% of A-level weighting.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Students on this course will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing) and consider:

- The importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
- The interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
- The competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
- The influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
- The factors that might determine whether a decision is successful eg the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
- The impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
- The use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages)

What’s next?

The majority of our students go on to study a Business related degree at universities such as Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham, Teesside, Lancaster and York. Employment Opportunities – Apprenticeship and employment opportunities in Accounting and Finance, Administration and Marketing are just some of the progression routes that our students have also obtained.

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Why sixth form is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

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