Post-16 Learning in Northumberland

16th April 2020 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 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)

Bedlington Academy Sixth Form

Berwick Academy Sixth Form

Cramlington Sixth Form

Duchess’s Community High School Sixth Form (Alnwick)

Haydon Bridge High School Sixth Form

James Calvert Spence College Sixth Form (Morpeth)

JBVI (Josephine Butler Sixth Form, Ashington)

King Edward VI School Sixth Form (Morpeth)

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

Northumberland East Sixth Form Academy (NE6)

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

College of Further Education

Northumberland College (sites in Ashington, Hexham and Kirkley Hall)

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

Derwentside College

Gateshead College

Newcastle College

Training Providers

Access Training

Baltic Training

BL Hairdressing


Buzz Learning (college for SEND learners including supported internships, Ashington)

ITEC North East

Key Training

Learning Curve Group

Northumberland County Council

Optimum Skills (Gateshead Construction Academy)

QA Newcastle

Release Potential

Skills4U North East

TDR Training

TRN (Train)