Careers and Post-16 Options

11-19 Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Young people in school

The responsibility for the provision of independent, impartial careers guidance has moved from local authorities to schools. If you are still at school your first point of contact will be your school's CEIAG advisor.

Raising the participation age

Young people are now required to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This doesn’t necessarily mean staying on in school. Young people can choose how they participate post 16, which could be through:

  1. full-time education such as school, college, other training provider or home-education (a minimum of 540 hours per year)
  2. an Apprenticeship
  3. part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

Choices after 16

Leaving school is one of the most stressful events of anyone's life and ranks amongst other life-changing events such as births, deaths and marriage. So what are the choices?

Further Education at a College or School Sixth Form

This can be either academic (A-level) or vocational (work-related) courses or a mix of both. Darlington has four colleges, Carmel Sixth Form College, Darlington College, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College and Polam Hall Sixth Form.

Darlington College
Central Park, Haughton Road, Darlington, DL1 1DR
01325 503030

Darlington College [external link]

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL3 7AU
01325 461315

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College [external link]

Carmel Sixth Form College 
The Headlands, Darlington, DL3 8RW
01325 254525

Carmel College [external link]

Polam Hall Sixth Form
Grange Road, Darlington, DL1 5PA
01325 463383

Polam Sixth Form [external link]

DBC Learning & Skills
The Coleridge Centre / Tubwell Row
01325 405601

Learning & Skills

In addition there are a number of training providers that offer Apprenticeships and study programmes, including Darlington Borough Council itself. Further details on the providers in Tees Valley can be found at Tees Valley Learning Provider Network [external link]

Apprenticeships - these are jobs with training so you can earn as you learn and gain qualifications. Further details can be found at the Apprenticeships website [external link]

Study programmes - this is a programme of qualifications which aims to support young people to progress into further learning or employment with training.

More information about apprenticeships and study programme (Elev8) at Darlington Borough Council

Advice and guidance

Further advice and guidance is available from your school, or you can contact:

C: The One Stop Shop
13 Horsemarket, 

01325 406170

The National Careers Service [external link] or by phone on 0800 100 900.