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 3 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

Polam Hall Sixth Form 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)

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 or go to http://www.help4teens.co.uk/home.html where the calendar has dates of the open events for all colleges in the north east.


Useful Links:

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

National Careers Service