Junior colleges

Since 2013, the government has allowed students aged 14+ to leave school and enrol on full time courses at further education providers such as junior colleges.

Junior college is available to those who feel that learning academic subjects in a secondary school environment is not for them, and they would prefer to be taught in a college.

A junior college allows students to study academic and vocational studies at the same time. Examples of vocational studies are:

  • art
  • catering
  • computing
  • early years and health and social care
  • hair and beauty
  • media and photography
  • motoring
  • music.

Once students have completed their vocational and academic courses they can progress into higher education, apprenticeship or work.

Find out more about junior colleges in Kent and how to apply by visiting their websites: