Post-16 Learning in Gateshead

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 Gateshead access post-16 learning in Newcastle. 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

Cardinal Hume Catholic School Sixth Form (Wrekenton)

Emmanuel College Sixth Form (Lobley Hill)

Grace College Sixth Form (Low Fell)

Lord Lawson of Beamish Sixth Form (Birtley)

St. Thomas More Catholic School Sixth Form (Blaydon)

Thorp Academy Sixth Form (Ryton)

Whickham School Sixth Form

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

Newcastle Sixth Form College

North East Futures UTC (Newcastle City Centre)

St. Joseph’s Sixth Form College (Hebburn)


Gateshead College

Askham Bryan College (Veterinary Nursing qualifications delivered in a centre at Team Valley, Gateshead)

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

Derwentside College (Consett)

East Durham College (Houghall, a land-based specialist campus in Durham City, is part of East Durham College)

Newcastle College

Northumberland College (including Kirkley Hall campus for land-based courses)

South Tyneside College (including South Shields Marine School)

Sunderland College

Other Learning Providers

Access Training

Baltic Training


Kleek Apprenticeships (Hair and Beauty)

Chameleon Training

Gateshead Borough Council

Groundwork Route2Work College (Jarrow, personal development/study programme)

ITEC North East

Key Training

Lead Education

Learning Curve Group

Milltech Training

Military Preparation College (Gateshead College Academy for Sport)

NA College

Newcastle City Learning

Northern Skills Group

Optimum Skills (Gateshead Construction Academy)

Prince’s Trust

Resources North East

Sunderland Engineering Training Association

Springboard North East

TDR Training

TRN (Train) Ltd