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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Post 16 Education Training Providers

When you leave Thornhill Academy it is your choice where you choose to study next. Here you will find the most common routes to start your research. 

A-Levels: Advanced level qualifications (known as A-levels) are subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work. You can normally study three or more A-levels over two years. They’re usually assessed by a series of examinations. 

BTEC: is a practical-based, vocational qualification. It can be studied at a college or school. BTEC’S provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a field or subject and are a viable alternative to the more theory-focused, classroom-based ways of learning. While they are commonly known as an alternative to A-levels, BTEC qualifications can be studied at several levels including GCSE and even degree-level. 

T-Levels: T Levels are a new alternative to A-levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent to 3 A-levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships. Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days. Students get valuable experience in the workplace; employers get early sight of the new talent in their industry. 

T Levels | The Next Level Qualification 


Apprenticeships, which must last for a minimum of 12 months, combine hands-on work with the opportunity to train and obtain qualifications. It’s also a paid position, so you earn while you learn. At least 20% of your time is set aside for learning, usually at a college, university or training provider. The rest of your time is spent applying your knowledge and skills in the actual workplace, doing the job that you set out to get. At the end of it, you’ll gain official certification, which will be equivalent to traditional qualifications.  

For more information on training through apprenticeships: 

Amazing Apprenticeships - A leading organisation in the education sector, founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits. 

Apprenticeship guidance- Government website with advice and guidance on Apprenticeships 

Links to Further Education and Training Providers   

Here are links to the websites of our further education and training partners. You will gain opportunities to make contact with each of these through your careers' education.

Sunderland College 

Gateshead College 

Newcastle College 

Durham Sixth Form Centre

South Tyneside College 

East Durham College 

Southmoor Sixth Form 

NE Futures UTC 

Local Training Providers 


Sunderland Engineering Training Association (SETA) 

TDR Training 

If you are a local provider and would like to be listed here on our website, please email: