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Further education for special educational needs and disabilities

When you reach 16 years old, you can choose to go on to get qualifications at a further education (FE) college or sixth form college.

What you can do when you reach 16 years old

You can study at a further education (FE) or sixth form college from 16 to 24 years old. 

If you don’t want to go to FE or sixth form college, you can do:

Talk to your careers adviser at school about which would be best for you. 

What you can study

Depending on the college, you can study for qualifications like: 

  • ‘A’ levels
  • foundation degrees
  • Business and Technology Education Council awards (BTECs)
  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)
  • GCSEs

Courses for people with learning disabilities

Some colleges have courses that help young people with learning disabilities become more independent and help you get a job when you leave:

  • Homefield College is an independent college for people with learning disabilities
  • RNIB College is a college for people with physical or learning disabilities
  • Brooksby Melton College is a further education college that has courses for people with learning disabilities to help you get a job

Find a college

When you choose a college, you’ll need to think about:

  • what you want to study
  • what help you may need to study 
  • any facilities you may need to help you get around

You’ll find a link to each FE college’s ‘special educational needs and disability information’ in the list of Leicestershire’s FE colleges.

Find a further education college  

Sixth form colleges

Not all sixth form colleges can take students with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities.   

Find a sixth form college  

Funding for college

Most courses are free. You may be able to get financial help with your day-to-day living costs and fees for courses you have to pay for.

Homefield College

You can apply for funding to go to Homefield College when you apply for a place at the college

Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans

Your school will send on your Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan to the college you go to.  

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