Post-16 Learning in Northumberland
26th August 2022
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.
Astley Community High School Sixth Form (Seaton Delaval)
Bede Academy Sixth Form (Blyth)
Duke’s Sixth Form (Ashington)
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)
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)
Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College (at Tyne Met College)
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)
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)
Other Learning Providers
Military Preparation College (Newcastle)
Northern Directions (16-24 NEET personal development programme for Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland)
Northumberland Skills (on behalf of Northumberland County Council)