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Sixth forms and colleges in Dorset

Information about colleges and schools with sixth forms in Dorset.

Information about post 16 education and training options in Dorset

There's a wide choice of post 16 learning options in and around Dorset.  These include:

Please remember that young people have to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday.

Sixth forms

The education system in Dorset is comprehensive with secondary schools for pupils aged 11-18 and upper schools for pupils aged 13-18.

The Search for a school database provides details of all schools in the Dorset local authority area.


The six local and nearby colleges offer an extensive range of further education courses and through partnerships with local universities, they also offer higher education courses including higher national diplomas (HNDs), foundation degrees and degrees.

Five of the colleges are generalist colleges offering a whole range of different academic and vocational courses:

One of the colleges is a specialist college:

New provision

The Exeter Mathematics School (EMS) (opens in a new window) opened in September 2014 in the centre of Exeter.  Jointly sponsored by the University of Exeter and Exeter College they are a sixth form school that focuses on the needs of the most able maths students.

There are two new types of school that offer an alternative approach to traditional secondary education and follow a 9am-5pm working day:

More information

Find out more about the options available on these sites:

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