College for young people with SEND

If you decide to continue to study after year 11 and you have a special educational need or disability, it's important to find out what support your chosen college or sixth form can provide.

A college may offer different lessons that cannot be taught at your school. These lessons can range from beauty, carpentry, animal management, motor mechanics and much more. They are known as vocational courses.

Some colleges also offer sixth form courses such as maths and English.

Choose a college

To find out whether a college is the right path for you, you can:

Find a local mainstream college

If college is not for you, you may be interested in either staying in school and going into sixth form or completing an apprenticeship.

Things to remember

Before you apply, we suggest you think about the following:

Getting there

Support from the college

It is important to find out whether your chosen college can support your needs. What you need will depend on your individual needs, but here are some questions you might like to ask:

  • what support is available in class?
  • what support is available in exams?
  • what specialist support is available e.g. speech and language?
  • what assistive technology is available?
  • are there dedicated areas for learners with a higher level of support need?
  • do they have an additional learning support policy?
  • do they have an accessibility statement for students with learning difficulties and disabilities?
  • will a member of staff from the college come along to a transition meeting/annual review at the your current school? This will give you a chance to meet them before you finish year 11.
  • what qualifications do staff have in relation to special educational needs?
  • are staff trained to give medication?
  • are staff trained to give personal care?
  • how does the college promote independence?
  • do they offer supervised breaks and lunches?