Teesdale Sixth Form

Sixth Form overview

Choosing where to study at sixth form is one of the most important decisions you will make. Not only does this choice pave the way for your career path or further study at university, but it also helps to build a foundation for adult life. 

Small but perfectly formed, Teesdale Sixth Form, focuses on a core population of up to 100 students. A sprawling college or sixth form centre we are not, but what we lack in size, we make up for in personalisation. 


All sixth form students at Teesdale undertake three A- level or equivalent vocational qualifications.  Some students also choose to study four courses and many students choose to take up the Extended Project Qualification as well.  

All students opt for an enrichment activity and or undertake some volunteering, an internship and also complete work experience. We have a rich careers programme to help to prepare you for your next steps.

Students who do not have grade 4 or above at GCSE in mathematics and either English Language or Literature, will also continue their studies at GCSE level.

Below, please find some general information before you delve deeper into course overviews. 


We believe that education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world. We mean this in the broadest sense and want our students to leave with the qualifications and skills that will make a real difference in their chosen field of study. We also believe students should positively impact those around them, so we encourage them to prepare for their future whilst shaping their local community through a whole range of social and charitable activities and events. We want our sixth form to inspire at the heart of the Dales as a place of academic excellence, creativity and generosity of spirit.

As a result of this we offer a broad range of extra-curricular opportunities to ensure students grow and develop as people both inside and outside of the classroom, and also that they develop leadership skills that enrich the local and wider community.  Because of the relatively small size of our sixth form students are able to access a greater number of opportunities compared to their peers at larger sixth form colleges.

Extra-curricular opportunities offered in the last two years include:

  • Maths challenge
  • Physics Olympiad
  • Climate change conference at the Life Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Rotary North East debating competition
  • CERN science trip
  • Berlin – House by the Lake Experience
  • Engineering Development Trust summer schools
  • Durham Law Conference
  • Martin Luther King at 50 event with Newcastle University
  • MedSoc programme
  • Newcastle University mentoring scheme
  • Lessons from Auschwitz Project
  • Global Youth Leadership project
  • Durham University history lecture series
  • Durham supported progression
  • Sutton Trust summer schools
  • Language Lab Sunderland University
  • BAAS postgraduate conference
  • Durham University A level and undergraduate programme
  • Sutton Trust and OxBridge residential
  • EDT engineering projects
  • UCL – poetry and WW  visit
  • Lost in Space – Esasmus Project – Greece, France, Spain and Croatia
  • Cultural diversity in the North East study day with the Tyneside Historical Association
  • School show directing, composing and performing
  • Sports coaching opportunities
  • Paired reading scheme with younger students
  • Classroom support roles in Key Stage 3 maths, science and English lessons


Careers programme

  • 1:1 careers interviews
  • Visits to universities
  • Visiting speakers from Universities, apprenticeships and employers
  • CV building workshops
  • UCAS workshops
  • Interview preparation in conjunction with local business and Rotary groups
  • Careers fairs
  • MedSoc Reflective Practice programme
  • Strong links with local universities as well as Oxnet and Cambridge admissions programmes
  • Teesdale OxBridge alumni network to support current students’ applications to elite universtities
  • Teesdale Career Development Programme leading to work experience, internship and volunteering opportunities

PSHCE programme

  • Dealing with exam pressure, stress and anxiety
  • VESPA A level mindset study skills programme
  • Road Safety and young drivers education
  • Mental wellbeing and mindfulness
  • Sex and relationships education
  • Critical thinking and fake news
  • Online safety and social media
  • British Values and Democracy
  • Cultural Diversity in the north-east and beyond
  • Addiction and prevention
  • Rotary Debating programme

Charity and volunteering

  • Sixth Form Committee termly events
  • Food bank collections
  • Charity Quiz nights to support initiatives in Nepal and Peru
  • Rotary Interact group
  • Local care home volunteering
  • Parent and toddler group volunteering and experience
  • Sports coaching