Post-16 Learning in Darlington

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 Darlington access post-16 learning in County Durham 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

Carmel Sixth Form

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

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

Barnard Castle School

Conyers Sixth Form

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Egglescliffe Sixth Form College


UTC South Durham Sixth Form

Bede Sixth Form College

Stockton Sixth Form College

Teesdale Sixth Form

Yarm School Sixth Form


Darlington College 

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

Askham Bryan College

Bishop Auckland College

East Durham College

Middlesbrough College

New College Durham

Northern School of Art

Stockton Riverside College

Other Learning Providers

Kleek Apprenticeships (Hair and Beauty)

Darlington Learning & Skills

ITEC North East

Learning Curve Group

Middlesbrough Community Learning

Military Preparation College (Stockton)

Nacro Middlesbrough

NDC College (Level 3 Performing Arts in Hartlepool)

NETA Training

Northern Skills Group

Optimum Skills

Prince’s Trust

South West Durham Training

Springboard North East

Tees Valley Youth Employment Initiative