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

What’s it all about?

Electronics is used in communication and control systems and virtually every gadget we use has an electronic component. From the smart phone in your pocket, your TV at home, the giant servers storing the content of the internet, to the satellite orbiting the earth relaying signals between themall; Electronics makes it possible.

You will start by studying the fundamental building blocks of electronics from which all useful circuits are made and will gradually learn how to put them together in increasingly complex ways to solve problems. You will learn to understand how circuits behave, whilst also learning the practical skills required to investigate them.

A subject that is respected by both universities and employers, Electronics can complement other A-Level subjects such as Physics, Maths and Computing as there is some overlap in the skills and knowledge required to succeed. A-Level Electronics could also easily sit alongside other Science subjects, IT, Business or Music Technology and can even be taken alongside the single vocational option; Extended Certificate in Engineering.

You will need a double grade 6 or above in GCSEScience, grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 or above in GCSE English. If you’ve studied the three sciences separately at GCSE, you will need grade 6 or above in Physics and one of the other sciences.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri, between 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

This electronics course will enable you to appreciate how many problems in society can be tackled by the applicationof the scientific ideas from the field of electronics and the large amount of practical work involved will enable you to solve some of these problems for yourself, using engineering processes.

What’s next?

Many of the skills that engineers learn and use open doors to professional advancement, personal growth, and other opportunities in various sectors. Our STEM students’ progress into various prestigious universities to further their studies in the following subjects: Quantity Surveying, Mechatronics and Robotics, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Computer Science, Quantity Surveying, Software, Engineering, Aerospace, Engineering Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Product Design and Creative Innovation and Chemical Engineering.

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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

We have recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art digital suite and health simulation ward.