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Sixth Form, College or University

Sixth form or college is known as further education. It is where young people go to learn skills and gain qualifications that they might need when they are older. 

Sixth form is usually part of a school and is for young people aged 16 to 18-years-old.

College is for young people aged between 16 and 25-years-old.

Higher education is study at degree level or above, usually at university.

To find out what subjects or courses are available you can look at some local colleges and universities.

Where to find more information

The National Autistic Society has lots of useful information about starting college or university. Click this link to go to their starting college or university web page.

Free courses for jobs if you are aged 19 and above


If you are aged 19 or over you could access a course for free, as part of the help available from the government to help you access the skills you need to get the job you want - whatever your stage of life.

The free courses include level 3 qualifications and Skills Bootcamps. The government pays the course fees.

Free qualifications for adults

If you are 19 or over and do not already have a level 3 qualification or higher, you can access a free level 3 qualification. Level 3 is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels.

Some of these qualifications are available to study online or part-time.

You may be able to get help to pay for childcare, travel and other costs.

The qualifications could help you:

  • gain skills that employers value
  • improve your job prospects
  • earn a good wage

View the GOV.uk webpage  - Guidance, Free courses for jobs for more details

Peterborough Post-16 Offer

Transitioning to college - A guide

Peterborough Post 16 Education Offer 2023.

This may help any young adults who are transitioning to college this academic year and have not decided on a place.

The Peterborough Post-16 Education Offer academic year 2024-2025

A guide to further courses and pathways for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities over 16 years old in Peterborough and surrounding areas.


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