Further Education, Colleges and Sixth forms

Further Education: Colleges, 6th Forms & Training Providers

Continuing your education after Year 11 opens up an array of possibilities, from academic to vocational courses. It’s essential to make an informed choice that suits your interests, talents, and career aspirations. To help you with this, we suggest you explore all your options, including Colleges, 6th Forms, and Training Providers. These institutions offer comprehensive courses such as BTECs, A Levels, and T Levels, and Apprenticeships.

For information on what to study, try the Buzz Test on If you already have a particular job in mind, visit the National Careers Service. For those considering university after 6th form or college, Informed Choices and UCAS provide essential information.

Given the local job market’s composition, consider courses linked to the Health, Manufacturing, Professional, Scientific & Technical sectors, and Business Administration & Support Services. Each of these industries represents a significant portion of job opportunities in Derby.

To better understand the universe of jobs, explore D2N2 Start Profile. Learn more about making an informed choice on Unifrog or seek career advice on Luminate Careers and Coaching. Explore Labour Market Information on Nomisweb.

Local Options for Further Education

Sixth Forms offer a more structured, school-like environment. Students typically pursue A Levels and BTEC courses here. Colleges are larger institutions that offer a wider variety of course options and cater to students desiring greater independence. Training Providers are smaller institutions specializing in certain areas, offering a high level of pastoral care and support, ideal for students seeking vocational training, traineeships, or apprenticeships.

Sixth Forms

Lees Brook Skills Academy

The Long Eaton School 6th Form

Chellaston 6th Form

Landau Forte 6th Form

Littleover Community School

Derby Moor Academy

Woodlands Academy 6th Form

St.Benedict 6th Form JCB Academy



Derby College

Burton College

Nottingham College

Confetti, Institute of Creative Technologies

Bilborough Sixth Form College

Chesterfield College


Training Providers

Juniper Training

Mercia Training

Derby Skillbuild


TBG Training

Dart Training

Academy of Hair & Beauty Ltd

Access Training

CT Skills

How to Apply

The application process varies by institution. Colleges usually have a web-based application system, while Sixth Forms may use paper-based applications. Training providers often prefer direct contact. Regardless of the institution, it’s crucial to apply well before the course start date, particularly for in-demand courses. Remember to attend open days and evenings, either in-person or virtually, to meet staff, see the facilities, and ask questions.

Further Resources

Here, you will find additional resources to aid you in making informed decisions about your future educational and career paths:



A Levels

T Levels

Technical/Vocational Qualifications


Remember to explore all the resources available and don’t hesitate to reach out to our careers advisor for further guidance. Good luck in the next steps of your educational journey!

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