Post-16 Learning in County Durham

6th September 2019 by Richard Allnutt

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 (part of St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Peterlee)

Barnard Castle School (independent fee-paying sixth form)

Consett Academy Sixth Form (part of Consett Academy school)

Durham High School for Girls (independent fee-paying sixth form in Durham City)

Durham Johnston Sixth Form (part of Durham Johnston School, Crossgate Moor, Durham City)

Durham School (independent fee-paying sixth form in Durham City)

Durham Sixth Form Centre (large sixth form based at Freeman’s Quay development, Durham City)

ED6 (the sixth form centre of East Durham College, Peterlee)

Fram Sixth Form (part of Framwellgate School, Durham)

King James I Academy Sixth Form (part of King James I Academy school in Bishop Auckland)

New College Durham Sixth Form Centre

Park View Sixth Form (part of Park View School in Chester-le-Street)

The Hermitage Academy Sixth Form (part of The Hermitage Academy school in Chester-le-Street)

St. Bede’s Catholic Sixth Form, Lanchester (part of St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Lanchester)

St. John’s Sixth Form College (part of St. John’s Catholic Academy school in Bishop Auckland)

St. Leonard’s Sixth Form (part of St. Leonard’s Catholic School in Durham City)

Teesdale Sixth Form (part of Teesdale School in Barnard Castle)

UTC South Durham (Year 12 and 13 academic and technical learning at an engineering focused UTC)

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 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

Work-based Learning Providers

Access Training

Baltic Training (Digital, I.T.)

BL Hairdressing (Hair and Beauty)

Catch 22 Peterlee (Employability, Personal Development)

Catch 22 Bishop Auckland

DurhamWorks Youth Employment Initiative

ITEC North East

Key Training (Business Admin, Retail, Sales)

Learning Curve Group (Construction, Health & Social Care)

Milltech Training (Business Admin, Motor Vehicle)

Northern Skills Group

Optimum Skills

Prince’s Trust

Resources North East (Construction)

Sunderland Engineering Training Association (Engineering)

South West Durham Training (Engineering)

Springboard North East

TTE (Engineering, Process Manufacturing)