Post-16 Learning in Sunderland

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 Sunderland access post-16 learning in Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside. 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. Robert of Newminster Sixth Form

St. Anthony’s and St. Aidan’s Catholic Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at Southmoor

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

Byron Sixth Form College (Peterlee)

Durham Johnston Sixth Form

Durham Sixth Form Centre

ED6  (Peterlee)

Harton Sixth Form (South Shields)

Newcastle Sixth Form College

St. Joseph’s Sixth Form College (Hebburn)

St. Wilfrid’s Sixth Form  (South Shields)

College of Further Education

Sunderland College

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

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

New College Durham

Northern School of Art

South Tyneside College (including South Shields Marine School)

Other Learning Providers

Baltic Training

Kleek Apprenticeships (Hair and Beauty)

Chameleon Training

Foundation of Light (‘Back on Track’ employability, Coaches Academy, Football Scholarships)

Groundwork Route2Work College (must have EHCP)

ITEC North East

Key Training

Lead Education

Learning Curve Group

Military Preparation College (Beacon of Light)

Milltech Training

NA College

NDC College (Level 3 Performing Arts in Hartlepool)

Northern Skills Group

Optimum Skills (Gateshead Construction Academy)

Penshaw View Training

Prince’s Trust

Resources North East

Sunderland Engineering Training Association

Sunderland Training and Education Farm

Springboard North East

TDR Training

TRN (Train) Ltd