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Education for ages 16-19

Post-16 learning

As compulsory education in the UK ends at 16, young people new to the UK may have a number of possible pathways through post-16 learning.

  1. Education in a school sixth form
    A student already in a school with a sixth form can remain in the school for another two years, or can apply to go to another school with a sixth form. A newly arrived student not already at school can apply to study at a school sixth form.

    There are four Herefordshire High Schools with Sixth Forms (for 17 and 18 year old pupils/students) offering "A" level study and also, in some cases, vocational qualifications. These High Schools are at Kington, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

  2. Education in a sixth-form college
    Sixth-form colleges (also known as tertiary colleges) tend to focus more on academic rather than vocational qualifications.

  3. Education in a college of further education
    Most young people who arrive in England at the age of 16 or over attend colleges of further education (CFE). CFEs offer a wide range of courses leading to academic and vocational qualifications. Many CFEs also offer English language courses for speakers of other languages. These courses are known as ESOL courses.  See "Where to Learn English".


  4. Higher education
    Undergraduate study at higher education (HE) level includes first degree courses and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNC/HNDs).

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How to apply

Applications for places at either the four High Schools or the other colleges listed above should be made directly to the school or college concerned.

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Course fees

Regulations on fees are complex.  For many newly arrived young people, the requirement to pay course fees will depend on their immigration status, whether study is part-time or full-time, and whether the young person is receiving benefits or financial support from the government.

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