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You can download our Post 16 Option Guide by clicking here.
All young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age
Young people have the following choices at the end of year 11:
This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training, which could be through:
• Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider.
• Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training.
• An apprenticeship.
National Careers Service: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
National Apprenticeship Service: www.apprenticeships.org.uk
T Levels are a brand new, 2-year qualification that will give you a head start towards the future you want.
The Government has developed T Levels to deliver world class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs.
T Levels have been designed in partnership with businesses and employers to give students the knowledge and skills they need – so you can be confident that a T Level will help you move into the career you want.
For more information, visit: https://www.tlevels.gov.uk/
Post 16 & Universities
Sixth Form at Southmoor
The Sixth Form at Southmoor opened for business in September 2014. Their aim is simple; to provide a new and exciting choice for all post-16 students in the area, regardless of the school they currently attend. The Sixth Form offers something unique and different. The goal is to give young people the personal care, rigour, focus and aspiration, which many traditionally associate with a School whilst also allowing the freedom to develop as responsible young adults, which many see as the advantage to the College experience.
Students at The Sixth Form benefit from the focused support of a six-strong team, bringing together a wealth of experience ranging from the insights of a local ex-pupil to those of an Oxford graduate, with twelve years teaching experience in top London Sixth Forms. They also benefit from the fresh approach of a brand new sixth form with no bad habits to break. And they benefit from a curriculum, and a timetable, custom designed to support students through the vital transition from GCSE to A-level, and beyond.
We live in an increasingly competitive world, where success only comes to those who show dedication and aspire to do their very best. This is exactly what the Sixth Form expects from its students. The school’s leadership want students to imagine the very most that they can achieve so that they can then be taken beyond even that. Though the Sixth Form will not be easy, it is certain that for those willing to work hard and try their best, it will be a life changing experience.
Find our more at:
Gateshead College www.gateshead.ac.uk
Newcastle College www.ncl-coll.ac.uk
East Durham College www.eastdurham.ac.uk
South Tyneside College www.stc.ac.uk
Sunderland College sunderlandcollege.ac.uk
Sunderland University www.sunderland.ac.uk
Newcastle University www.ncl.ac.uk
Northumbria University www.northumbria.ac.uk
Durham University www.dur.ac.uk
Teeside University www.tees.ac.uk
There are a range of local training providers who offer alternative post-16 pathways and courses, often specialising in a particular industry. Here is an up-to-date directory of the training providers in the local area, their contact details and the types of course that they specialise in.