It is compulsory for students leaving school to continue their studies in Further Education until they are 18 years old but what are their options when they leave school?
Further Education (sometimes referred to as FE) is the study after Secondary Education. This could be studying A Levels or a B-TEC at a College or Sixth Form, or doing an apprenticeship which combines on the job training with studying once a week at college. Once Further Education has been completed, students are able to make a decision as to whether they would like to continue their studies at Higher Education (HE) Degree Level offered at Universities.
One of the first things you will notice at any further education college is that the range of courses is much wider than a sixth form. Most colleges offer A levels and B-TECH courses as do sixth forms, but also have a huge number of other qualifications available in different subjects and at different levels. Not all colleges, however, will offer the same ‘mix’ of subjects so it’s very important to check carefully what is available locally.
The best way to choose the right college for you is to attend one of their open evenings. This gives you the opportunity to look around and explore the different courses available. You can also visit their website which includes course details and online application forms. Once you have decided on the course for you, you can apply online directly or use the application found at the back of their prospectus booklet.
You are not limited to the number of colleges you can apply to and you can be accepted into several colleges, it is up to you to decide the best option for you
There are two colleges local to the school, please take a look at their websites for more information:
Sixth Forms are similar to College, you can study both BTEC’s and A-Levels however your study will take place within a school environment. You may find that there are less courses to choose from compared to a College however they may specialise in certain subject areas. This can be beneficial for students who have a good idea of what they would like to do and would prefer the sixth form environment.
The best way to choose the right Sixth Form for you is to attend one of their open evenings. This gives you the opportunity to look around and explore the different courses available. It may also help you decide whether you prefer a college or sixth form environment.
You are not limited to the number of Sixth Forms you can apply to and you can be accepted into several colleges, It is up to you to decide the best option for you.
For more information about Further Education and Post-16 Qualifications please follow the link below.