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Sixth forms and colleges in Dorset

Sixth forms

Young people have to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday. 

The education system in Dorset is comprehensive with secondary schools for pupils from the age of 11 to 18 and upper schools from the age of 13 to 18. You apply directly to the school or college for education after the age of 16, not through school admissions.

Sixth forms in Dorset:

Search for a school and find more details about more schools in the Dorset local authority area. 

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Search for a school and find more details about schools in the Dorset local authority area.

Colleges

These colleges offer a range of further education courses. They also offer higher education courses, including higher national diplomas (HNDs), foundation degrees and degrees through partnerships with local universities. 

These are generalist colleges offering different academic and vocational courses:

One is a specialist college:

  • Kingston Maurward College offers courses in agriculture, animal science, sports, floristry, construction, conservation and more

Search for a college in Dorset

Search for a college or further education setting in Dorset.

Other provision

Exeter Mathematics School (EMS) is a sixth form school that focuses on the needs of the most able maths students. It's jointly sponsored by the University of Exeter and Exeter College.

There are 2 new types of school that offer an alternative approach to traditional secondary education and follow a 9am to 5pm working day:

  • South Wiltshire University Technical College; based in Salisbury for students aged 14 to 18, it specialises in science and engineering and teaches vocational courses alongside traditional GCSEs and A-levels, bringing together technical, practical and academic learning
  • Dorset Studio School at Kingston Maurward; combines GCSEs in maths, English, sciences and ICT with qualifications in environmental and land-based sciences plus skills for employment and starting a business, catering for pupils from year 9 to year 13

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