Post-16 Learning in Sunderland
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 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.
Popular Sixth Forms in other areas (please check the relevant article for a full list of opportunities outside Sunderland)
Byron Sixth Form College (Peterlee)
Harton Sixth Form (South Shields)
St. Joseph’s Sixth Form College (Hebburn)
St. Wilfrid’s Sixth Form (South Shields)
College of Further Education
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)
South Tyneside College (including South Shields Marine School)
Other Learning Providers
Foundation of Light (‘Back on Track’ employability, Coaches Academy, Football Scholarships)
Groundwork Route2Work College (must have EHCP)
Military Preparation College (Beacon of Light)
NDC College (Level 3 Performing Arts in Hartlepool)