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Post 16 education provision

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Moving from School to College with an EHCP can seem daunting. Schools must provide young people with EHCP’s Independent Career Advice and Guidance, every year from Year 9 to ensure that a transition to the next stage in the young person’s life is smooth and all options have been looked into.

Education options (with support) could be either;

  • Full or part time College
  • Work Based Learning
  • Study Programmes
  • Apprenticeships

Here is an easy guide with lots of useful questions, to help parents and carers know what to look for when searching for a suitable College for a young person with additional needs.

Details on post-16 education and training options in Solihull and the facility to search on specific courses can be accessed at:

Work experience gives young people the chance to spend time in a work environment developing practical skills as well as doing some classroom-based learning.

Colleges in and around Solihull

Mainstream Colleges can meet the needs of the majority of students with SEND and have access to additional resources to do this. Information from each college is available through the college website, generally via student support services or additional needs coordinator.

Please contact the Additional Needs Manager to discuss the support available to enable young people to access mainstream further education and the type of courses offered.

The School Careers Advisor will support the young person in identifying the most suitable course and college. Please ensure you speak to your School Careers Advisor.

Archway Academy
Birmingham Metropolitan College
Bourneville College
Cadbury College
Glasshouse College
Hereward College
Joseph Chamberlain College
Queen Alexandra College
Solihull College and University Centre
South and City College
Stratford College
University College Birmingham
Warwickshire College

To find approved independent Special Schools and Colleges beyond Solihull please click here.

The charts below are an overview of current provision and is only for illustrative purposes. Information should be checked with individual colleges to verify accuracy.

Solihull College and University Centre

QualificationCourseTypeSolihull College and University Centre
Pre-entry level 1-4Sensory based courses
Activity leisure based
PMLD
SLD
Pre-entry level 5-8Life skills
Personal development
Independent living
PMLD
SLD
Entry level 1SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 2Supported learning skills for independence
Vocational options
Access
SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 3✔︎
Level 1 (GCSE G-D / BTEC)Mainstream vocational/introductoryMLD✔︎
Level 2 (GCSE C-A* / BTEC first)Vocational BTEC first✔︎
Level 3 (A-levels / BTEC nationals)Vocational BTEC national / A-levels✔︎

South and City College Birmingham

QualificationCourseTypeSouth & City
College
Birmingham
Pre-entry level 1-4Sensory based courses
Activity leisure based
PMLD
SLD
✔︎
Pre-entry level 5-8Life skills
Personal development
Independent living
PMLD
SLD
✔︎
Entry level 1SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 2Supported learning skills for independence
Vocational options
Access
SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 3✔︎
Level 1 (GCSE G-D / BTEC)Mainstream vocational/introductoryMLD✔︎
Level 2 (GCSE C-A* / BTEC first)Vocational BTEC first✔︎
Level 3 (A-levels / BTEC nationals)Vocational BTEC national / A-levels✔︎

Warwickshire College

QualificationCourseTypeWarwickshire College
Pre-entry level 1-4Sensory based courses
Activity leisure based
PMLD
SLD
Pre-entry level 5-8Life skills
Personal development
Independent living
PMLD
SLD
Entry level 1SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 2Supported learning skills for independence
Vocational options
Access
SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 3✔︎
Level 1 (GCSE G-D / BTEC)Mainstream vocational/introductoryMLD✔︎
Level 2 (GCSE C-A* / BTEC first)Vocational BTEC first✔︎
Level 3 (A-levels / BTEC nationals)Vocational BTEC national / A-levels✔︎

Stratford College

QualificationCourseTypeStratford College
Pre-entry level 1-4Sensory based courses
Activity leisure based
PMLD
SLD
Pre-entry level 5-8Life skills
Personal development
Independent living
PMLD
SLD
Entry level 1SLD
MLD
Entry level 2Supported learning skills for independence
Vocational options
Access
SLD
MLD
Entry level 3
Level 1 (GCSE G-D / BTEC)Mainstream vocational/introductoryMLD✔︎
Level 2 (GCSE C-A* / BTEC first)Vocational BTEC first✔︎
Level 3 (A-levels / BTEC nationals)Vocational BTEC national / A-levels✔︎

Birmingham Metropolitan College

QualificationCourseTypeBirmingham
Metropolitan
College
Pre-entry level 1-4Sensory based courses
Activity leisure based
PMLD
SLD
Pre-entry level 5-8Life skills
Personal development
Independent living
PMLD
SLD
Entry level 1SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 2Supported learning skills for independence
Vocational options
Access
SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 3✔︎
Level 1 (GCSE G-D / BTEC)Mainstream vocational/introductoryMLD✔︎
Level 2 (GCSE C-A* / BTEC first)Vocational BTEC first✔︎
Level 3 (A-levels / BTEC nationals)Vocational BTEC national / A-levels✔︎

Bournville College

QualificationCourseTypeBournville College
Pre-entry level 1-4Sensory based courses
Activity leisure based
PMLD
SLD
Pre-entry level 5-8Life skills
Personal development
Independent living
PMLD
SLD
✔︎
Entry level 1SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 2Supported learning skills for independence
Vocational options
Access
SLD
MLD
✔︎
Entry level 3✔︎
Level 1 (GCSE G-D / BTEC)Mainstream vocational/introductoryMLD✔︎
Level 2 (GCSE C-A* / BTEC first)Vocational BTEC first✔︎
Level 3 (A-levels / BTEC nationals)Vocational BTEC national / A-levels✔︎

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