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Further education 16-25 years

Help and information for young adults with special educational needs or disabilities.

With an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), a young person can access all suitable providers up until the end of the academic year in which they are 25 years old, as long as they are making progress in their learning.

With an EHCP, a young person is entitled to support to access a college, training provider, supported internship or apprenticeship, if they have met the entry criteria.


After leaving school you will need to make important choices about where you want to go to continue your education and training.

There are 3 maintained colleges within the Dudley area, a separate 6th form college and a number of settings with 6th form provision. There is also a wide range of training providers who can meet the needs of learners who want more vocational education in preparation for adulthood and the world of work. Ask for the Learning Support team when contacting the colleges.

There are two special school providers of 16-19 education.

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Connexions provides careers information advice and guidance and related support to young people aged 13 - 19 years old (up to 25 years old with a learning difficulty / disability).

The role of the service is to enable young people to make successful transition into employment, education and training following compulsory education.

If you are a school, college or setting/provider find out more about Post 16 Funding and Commissioning Service. Including links to further resource and external websites.