Post-16 education options for young people with SEND

Students working the art commission projectAfter secondary or special school, you may want to continue learning at sixth form, college or another education setting. Alternatively, you may be interested in learning while you work, through an apprenticeship or traineeship, or volunteering.

Until you are 18, you will need to stay in some form of education or training, but it doesn't have to be full-time. If you choose to learn part-time, you must combine this with working or volunteering for at least 20 hours a week.

Further education (16+)

Many young people with SEND attend mainstream colleges and sixth forms, but there are also special school options available for post-16 learners.

Higher education (18+)

Universities offer a range of support to learners with SEND, and there are other higher education options available such as distance learning over the internet or by post.

Work and learning

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be good ways to learn a trade, and earn some money at the same time. Volunteering and internships can be very valuable for gaining skills and knowledge. They can also be fun and rewarding experiences that can help you gain independence and grow your confidence.

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