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Post-16 Support

There are many options available to you after you have left Greenfield.

It is also important to understand that;

  1. You must stay in learning until age 18. ‘Learning’ can mean a variety of things – not just full-time school or college but also things like apprenticeships and traineeships.
  2. Whatever option you choose, if you don’t have at least a Grade 4 (formerly C) in Maths and/or English, you must keep studying these subjects until you achieve a 4 or equivalent (this applies until your 18th birthday)

The main options that are available are:

  • Sixth Form College
  • Further Education College
  • Apprenticeship
  • Training Provider

Further information and links to providers in the local area can be found at our careers guidance provider’s website here -

College applications can be made via the relevant website.


There are many different qualifications to study post-16.

Vocational qualifications can be studied at FE Colleges and focus on one area of study linked to a broad area of employment (e.g. Business, Health & Social Care) or specific jobs  (e.g. Professional Cookery, Plumbing). These can be studied at Level 1-3 and can provide a route to University if studied to Level 3.

Academic qualifications are A-Levels that can be studied at a Sixth Form. Generally, students will choose 3-4 subjects and study these over two years. Students can progress to University or work after completing A-Levels.

Apprenticeships offer training for a job while working for an employer alongside studying for a relevant qualification. This may involve time at a college. Apprenticeships are paid and the current rate of pay for an apprentice is a minimum of £4.15 per hour.

Apprenticeships in the local area can be found using the search tool at the bottom of this page -

More detailed information about the qualification options can be found here-

Further Support

DurhamWorks is a dedicated programme for young people aged 16-24 living in County Durham who are not in education, employment or training. If you are struggling with your post-16 choices or you are worried that you do not know what to do next, they can help.  Please see their message below. 

We are available to offer you help and support by telephone/on-line rather than face to face. To get in touch, simply use our Contact Us page on the website: and we will contact you as soon as possible.Visit the Courses page to see what our Delivery Partners are offering and also follow our Facebook page for regular updates. and follow us at

We are regularly posting new job and apprenticeship vacancies. Please visit to see the latest vacancies available.