Post-16 Learning in County Durham

26th August 2022 by CareerWave

To make things easy for you CareerWave has provided a handy list of post-16 providers in your local area. We have split these providers into three main groups; Sixth Forms, Colleges of Further Education and Training Providers.

Each has a main focus- Sixth Forms largely do academic subjects. Colleges have a long history of teaching technical courses. Training Providers work with employers to provide Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Employability/Personal Development learning.

However there is also a lot of crossover- Sixth Forms usually offer a selection of Level 3 technical courses. Colleges sometimes have their own Sixth Form and always offer Apprenticeships and Traineeships. Training Providers often offer the same full-time technical courses found in Colleges, notably in construction trades, motor vehicle repair and engineering.

So, below is your list to get you started, although you may also want to take note of the lists for neighbouring areas. For example, we know that lots of students in County Durham access post-16 learning in Newcastle, Sunderland and Tees Valley. Furthermore, please be aware that Training Providers are more difficult to keep a track of and many operate nationally and regionally. We have listed some notable ones, but our strong advice is to use the Find an Apprenticeship website to search for vacancies and identify Training Providers to contact.

Sixth Form

Byron Sixth Form College

Barnard Castle School

Consett Academy Sixth Form

Durham High School for Girls

Durham Johnston Sixth Form

Durham School

Durham Sixth Form Centre


Fram Sixth Form

King James I Academy Sixth Form

New College Durham Sixth Form Centre

Park View Sixth Form

The Hermitage Academy Sixth Form

St. Bede’s Catholic Sixth Form, Lanchester

St. John’s Sixth Form College

St. Leonard’s Sixth Form

Teesdale Sixth Form

UTC South Durham Sixth Form

Popular Sixth Forms in other areas (please check the relevant article for a full list of opportunities outside County Durham)

Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Newcastle Sixth Form College

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington

Sunderland College Sixth Form

College of Further Education

Bishop Auckland College

Derwentside College

East Durham College

Hartlepool College of Further Education

New College Durham

Popular Colleges in other areas (please check the relevant article for a full list of opportunities outside County Durham)

Darlington College

Gateshead College

Newcastle College

Northern School of Art

Stockton Riverside College

Middlesbrough College

Other Learning Providers

Access Training

Baltic Training

Kleek Apprenticeships (Hair and Beauty)

Catch 22 Peterlee

Catch 22 Bishop Auckland

DurhamWorks Youth Employment Initiative

ITEC North East

Key Training

Learning Curve Group

Milltech Training

Military Preparation College (Gateshead, Stockton and Sunderland)

NDC College (Level 3 Performing Arts in Hartlepool)

Northern Skills Group

Optimum Skills

Prince’s Trust

Resources North East

Sunderland Engineering Training Association

South West Durham Training

Springboard North East