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Further education and training study programmes for 20-25 years

On completing your statutory education at year 11 young people have the opportunity to decide where they wish to continue in learning or training.

All 16 to 19 year old students are expected to take a study programme which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals.

Some students with an Education, Health and Care Plan may continue to pursue their study beyond the age of 19 if they are still progressing and need further time to work towards their planned outcomes.

Further education colleges and some local training providers offer study programmes.  See our directory below to view all services in our further education and training category.  

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Who can attend?

Those aged 16 and over.

Are there any costs?

Courses for 16-18 year olds are free.

If young people are aged 19 and over funding will depend on the qualifications they already hold and whether they have an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Please speak directly to the college or training centre for more information.

How do I apply to attend?

Contact the colleges or training centres directly. Information is available on their websites.

The college or training centre will advise young people on which courses would be best suited to them, provide information on entry requirements for courses and the enrolment process.

What happens next?

All 16 to 19 year old students are expected to take a study programme which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals.

Some students with an Education, Health and Care Plan may continue to pursue their study beyond the age of 19 if they are still progressing and need further time to work towards their planned outcomes.

Study programmes should stretch and challenge students, prepare them for adulthood, and support their progression into work or further study. Programme content and structure will vary from one student to another. For some students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, their programme will include qualifications; for others it may concentrate on high quality work experience and other non-qualification activities that will help them prepare for employment and/or adult life more generally.

Study programmes should include a substantial qualification wherever suitable and always include English and maths at an appropriate level where GCSE grade 4 or above has not been achieved. Some students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities will work towards achieving GCSE grade 4 or above, whereas others may focus on gaining those maths and English skills which are relevant to their aspirations.

Study programmes can deliver personalised learning programmes which enable each student to progress from their individual starting point to their chosen destination.

Work experience is an integral part of a study programme for all students.

For students, work experience brings many benefits - learning and practising skills related to their areas of interest; developing general employability skills; the positive character and attitudes that employer’s value so highly and informing choices about future employment.

What happens when I become an adult?

Further education colleges offer education and training to adults and young people.

How do I find out more?

Further education colleges in Staffordshire

Other local colleges, outside of Staffordshire

Visit our diretory below to virew all further education colleges and training centres who have registered on Staffordshire Connects.

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