Post-16 Learning in Northumberland

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 Northumberland 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

Astley Community High School Sixth Form (Seaton Delaval)

Bede Academy Sixth Form (Blyth)

Berwick Academy Sixth Form

Cramlington Sixth Form

Duchess’s Community High School Sixth Form (Alnwick)

Duke’s Sixth Form (Ashington)

Haydon Bridge High School Sixth Form

James Calvert Spence College Sixth Form (Morpeth)

King Edward VI School Sixth Form (Morpeth)

Longridge Towers School Sixth Form (independent sixth form, Berwick)

Northumberland East Sixth Form Academy (NE6 brings together the sixth forms of Ashington and Bedlington Academies)

Ponteland High School Sixth Form

Prudhoe Community High School Sixth Form

Queen Elizabeth High School Sixth Form (Hexham)

St. Benet Biscop Catholic Academy Sixth Form (Bedlington)

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

Newcastle Sixth Form College

Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College (at Tyne Met College)

Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form

College of Further Education

Northumberland College (sites in Ashington, Hexham and Kirkley Hall for land-based courses)

Buzz Learning College (SEN learning, Ashington)

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

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

Carlisle College

Derwentside College

Gateshead College

Myerscough College in partnership with Ullswater Community College (with the closure of Newton Ring College, this provision fills a gap in land-based learning in Cumbria)

Newcastle College

Tyne Met College

Other Learning Providers

Access Training

Baltic Training

Kleek Apprenticeships (Hair and Beauty)


ITEC North East

Key Training

Learning Curve Group

Military Preparation College (Newcastle)

Nacro Newcastle

Northern Directions  (16-24 NEET personal development programme for Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland)

Northern Skills Group

Northumberland Skills (on behalf of Northumberland County Council)

Optimum Skills (Gateshead Construction Academy)

QA Newcastle

TDR Training

TRN (Train)

Tyne North Training