Further education (Colleges)

Sixth Form Colleges mainly offer A Level courses. These qualifications build on the work done at GCSE and assessed through exams. They support several different career paths which can lead to further study at University, an Apprenticeship or job. It is usual to choose 3 or 4 subjects in the first year, and then continue with the same subjects in the second year.

Colleges of Further Education offer a variety of courses at different levels, linked to various careers. These qualifications can lead to employment, apprenticeships or further study, either at college or at university.

Here are links to our local colleges

Darlington Colleges

Carmel Sixth Form College

Darlington College
Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Other Colleges in the North East

Bishop Auckland College
Gateshead College

New College Durham
Middlesbrough College
Newcastle College

Stockton Riverside College

Stockton Sixth Form College

Specialist Colleges

Academy of Music & Sound (Music)

Askham Bryan College  (Agriculture/Land/Farming/Animals)

Cleveland College of Art and Design (Art/Design)
East Durham Houghall Campus (Agriculture/Land/Farming/Animals)

Northern School of Art  (Art and design)

South West Durham (Specialist Training Provider)
UTC South Durham (Engineering College)
Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College (Military)

Check individual websites for details of open events.

Here are some useful tools to help students research their career aspirations

National Careers Service

Tees Valley Careers

TVCA guide for parents and pupils

All pupils have an account on Kudos an excellent on-line portal with lots of information about careers and routes to achieve them.