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Sixth Form & College

Thinking about 6th form or college?

A college will offer you a different learning environment to that experienced at a school's sixth form. This is why some students choose to take their A levels, or vocational qualifications at an FE college rather than stay on at their school after taking GCSEs. However school sixth forms may offer more A level subjects and the familiarity of a school setting may suit some students.

Sixth Form

All of Brent’s maintained secondary schools offer sixth form courses for post-16 study. Secondary schools should be contacted directly regarding application procedures. The sixth form application process for new pupils usually starts with open evenings during November of the preceding year. Check individual school websites for details.

Brent believes that young people’s education and training needs are usually best met when they are able to access local mainstream schools. In a very small number of cases, it may not be possible or appropriate to provide education within the borough. After discussions with our Special Educational Needs 0 -25 Team  it may be possible for 16+ young people to attend independent specialist provision outside Brent.


College of North West London

The College of North West London (CNWL) is Brent’s further education college with campuses at Willesden and Wembley Park. CNWL also runs the King's Cross Construction Skills Centre in the neighbouring borough of Camden. With a specialism in vocational courses, CNWL focuses on delivering the technical skills and qualifications necessary to help its students get a job, enter a trade or progress to university.

Each year around 1500 students aged between 14-18 years old continue their education at CNWL through vocational learning and apprenticeships. Many other students are adults aged 19+, studying both full and part-time courses.

Other further education colleges within a commute of Brent include:

If you are over 19 you may be entitled to financial support while you learn. Find out more about Advanced Learning Loans and make your application at GOV.UK.

Brent Start

Brent Start is Brent’s adult education college. It offers a service to anyone aged 19+ who wants to learn new skills, get into employment, find a better job or improve their prospects in life. Courses include beauty, fashion, health and social care, business and ICT and languages.

Brent Start offers free job search support, employability training and a pre-apprenticeship training programme for 19 to 24 year old Brent residents with little or no work experience who are interested in childcare, construction, social care and/or business administration careers.



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