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