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SEND in Further Education

Further Education (FE) is used to describe the education that occurs following compulsory post-16 secondary education. Colleges have the same statutory duties as schools laid out in the SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (PDF, 3.2 MB).

Most colleges offer a wide range of courses and qualifications, including:

  • vocational subjects that are related to a broad subject area such as business
  • vocational courses which prepare students for a specific job, such as hairdressing
  • academic courses like GCSEs and A Levels - which can be undertaken on their own or in combination with a vocational course
  • some colleges specialise in certain subjects such as agriculture, graphic design, and other specialise in supporting learners with additional needs.

Facts about FE Colleges
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At an FE College, students can progress from foundation or entry level courses all the way up to degree level and professional qualifications.

There are still exams and written assignments at college but there are also courses that include practical assessments where you will be assessed in a realistic work environment.

Like schools, there is a Learning Support Team at college which can help young people if there is learning needs or a disability. This may include:

  • support in the classroom
  • provide one to one help
  • set up exam arrangements and extra time, etc.

Some colleges have other support staff such as mentors, counselling service and a college nurse to provide confidential support if needed.

Colleges and other establishments can apply to the Local Authority for funding to help support students with a high level of special educational needs with their studies. Download the HNF Guidance for young people (PDF, 219.9 KB). You can also download the easy read version (PDF, 261.7 KB), or listen to the audio version of the young person guidance (MP3, 566.1 KB).

A full time vocational college course may be only 3 days a week, whereas Supported Learning courses may be 5 days a week. Term dates may vary from school.

Each course will have a different timetable, which may include evenings and there may be an expectation to undertake independent study in the Learning Resource Centre or at home.

Employability Skills
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Some colleges run Supported Internships which are designed for young people who have Education Health Care Plans and are aimed at supporting learners to enter the world of employment.

Traineeships and Apprenticeships are also available - Please visit the Skills and Employability page on Kelsi.