Further Education (FE) is the full-time study that you do after school for up to 3 years before seeking work or attending university. 

You could attend:

  • A school sixth form
  • A sixth form college
  • A college of further education

Further education for young people usually comes between the end of secondary education and the start of Higher Education at age 16-19. Adults can attend a further education college at any point. Further education programmes will usually go up to Level 3 and are often designed to provide the skills to advance to Higher Education. It includes many different qualification types such as NVQs, A Levels and BTEC Level 2 Firsts, VTCT and BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas.

Find out more about the further education providers in County Durham on the Families Information Service website.

We have also produced a PDF brochure which aims to help young people or their parents understand the opportunities and pathways available at 13+ and 16+ in County Durham.

Or alternatively, if you want to see a map of all schools, colleges, sixth forms, universities, transport routes and hubs you can view our interactive map which features filter tools to help you find what you need.

Return to the Choices at 13+ page.

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