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Further education

Further education (often abbreviated FE ) is post-secondary, post-compulsory education (in addition to that received at secondary school). It may be at the same level, at a higher level, or at a lower level than secondary education, anything from basic training to Higher National and Foundation Degree.

Gateshead College

Gateshead College (opens new window) is a further education college offering post-16 education, apprenticeships, adult courses and workforce development training.

All students and apprentices at Gateshead College receive education with employment edge - a unique combination of qualifications, work-ready skills, behaviours and experiences which ensures they are best prepared for work and life.

For those leaving school we offer A Levels, T Levels and vocational courses in a range of practical subjects such as engineering, digital technologies, business and sport all which lead into work, apprenticeships or higher education.

For adults we run access courses for anyone wanting the qualifications to move onto a university level programme, courses to update skills, and higher level courses such as HNCs and HNDs. We also offer specific training for those who are unemployed and want to get back into work.

Working in partnership with employers, both locally and nationally, we offer staff development training and apprenticeships, all designed to help businesses to be stronger and more effective. Apprenticeship vacancies are on our website.

We have four campuses across Gateshead;

  • Baltic Campus, Gateshead Quays 
  • Academy for Sport, Gateshead International Stadium
  • Skills Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics, Team Valley
  • Skills Academy for Construction, Team Valley.

For more information visit

Gateshead Council Learning and Skills Apprenticeships

We offer a range of apprenticeships to help you learn a trade, get qualifications and gain valuable experience all while earning a good salary. 

They are open to anyone over the age of 16, and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

We have many employers across the North East wating to employ an apprentice.  View our apprenticeship vacancies.

We also offer Traineeships and Study Programmes if you need additional support before starting an apprenticeship.  For more information please email

Adult education

Gateshead Council Adult Learning and Skills delivers a wide of adult learning programmes. To find out more visit Adult Education.