Let’s explore all the fantastic options available to you after school and help you make good decisions for your future.


It’s time to think about what to do next. To help you plan your next move, we’ve asked our experts to tell us what options are out there. In this short film, they explain the different qualifications you can take after GCSEs and going forward.


Sixth Form and College

Where would you like to study? Let’s start by exploring all Colleges in Tees Valley.

Colleges in Tees Valley

Look through the college websites to see what courses they offer, what levels are available, attend open days/evenings, engage with your parents/carers, and speak to school staff and careers advisors.

Darlington Hartlepool Middlesbrough Redcar & Cleveland Stockton-On-Tees
Darlington College Catcote Sixth Form Askham Bryan College Nunthorpe Academy Sixth Form Abbey Hill Sixth Form
Carmel College English Martyrs Sixth Form Kings Academy Sixth Form Prior Pursglove College Bede Sixth Form
QE Sixth Form Hartlepool Sixth Form Middlesbrough College Redcar & Cleveland College Conyers Sixth Form
Hartlepool College Macmillan Academy Sixth Form Egglescliffe Sixth Form
Northern School of Art NETA Training Group
Trinity Academy Sixth Form Stockton Riverside College
Stockton Sixth Form

Post 16 Providers

Explore all providers in your area and decide which would be more suitable








Making good decisions about your post 16 options. 


Avoid these decision-making techniques:

  • Don’t choose things because your friends are doing them

  • Don’t ask other people to make decisions for you

  • Don’t flip a coin to decide

  • Don’t rush into a decision without thinking it through

  • Don’t decide out of fear

Make a backup plan (just in case)

It’s always a good idea to make a backup plan, a Plan B. Sometimes your first choice doesn’t work out. For example, a course you choose may be cancelled. So, having a backup plan means that you won’t have to panic if your first choice isn’t available.

Act on your decision

You’ve made your decision. Now is the time to act on your decision. For example, this could mean, enrolling on a course or putting down your subject choices for next year. Taking the first step could even be as simple as contacting a college or university to find out about open days