Education after 16

All children and young people have the right to full-time education up to the age of 16 and now must attend education, attend training or be employed from 16-18. Many young people with special educational needs and disabilities benefit enormously from these last few years, whether they stay on at school, move to a college of further education or apprenticeship.


Whoever you are and whatever you're interested in for a future career there will be a course in a college that is right for you. The right course may not be obvious at first and you may need help finding it.

There are different types of full time or part time of courses students can choose from including:

  • study programmes,
  • basic skills,
  • work-related courses,
  • GCSES and
  • AS/A levels


Higher education is an opportunity to study a subject to a higher level, such as a bachelor's degree or foundation degree. Students with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) you are not covered by the same law that covers colleges but universities are still required to make any reasonable adjustments that are needed for you to access your chosen course

University is a great opportunity to develop independent learning skills. As well as this many students have a great time joining clubs and societies, sharing ideas with people from different backgrounds and accessing modern IT and laboratory facilities, sports centres and other resources.


If you have special educational needs or a disability and are looking for work, there are lots of places you can find help. Click on the link above to find out more information on how can be supported into work.

Page last reviewed: 04/09/2020


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