Post-16 Learning in South Tyneside

7th September 2019 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 South Tyneside access post-16 learning in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. 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

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy Sixth Form

St. Wilfrid’s RC College Sixth Form

Harton Sixth Form

Whitburn C of E Academy Sixth Form

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

Newcastle Sixth Form College

St. Robert of Newminster Sixth Form

Sunderland Sixth Form

College of Further Education

South Tyneside College – based in South Shields it offers a full range of technical learning options and includes South Shields Marine School, the only specialist provision in the north-east for merchant navy related occupations.

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

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

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

Gateshead College

Newcastle College

Sunderland College

Training Providers

Baltic Training

BL Hairdressing

Chameleon Training


Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle

ITEC North East

Key Training

Lead Education

Learning Curve Group

Milltech Training

MTC Training

NA College

Northern Skills Group

Optimum Skills (Gateshead Construction Academy)

Prince’s Trust

Resources North East

Sunderland Engineering Training Association

Sunderland Training and Education Farm

Springboard North East

TDR Training

TRN (Train) Ltd