Further education colleges provide high-quality technical and professional education and training for young people, adults and employers. They prepare over three million students with valuable skills for the workplace, helping to develop their career opportunities and strengthen the local, regional and national economy.
Colleges are inspirational places to learn because education and training is delivered by expert teaching staff in industry-standard facilities. From basic skills to postgraduate degrees, colleges offer first rate academic and vocational teaching, in a range of professions including engineering, hospitality, IT, construction and the creative arts.
Sixth form colleges provide high-quality academic education to 16 to 18-year-olds enabling them to progress to university or higher level vocational education.
Independent Specialist Colleges
Independent specialist colleges provide further education for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
Natspec (The Association of National Specialist Colleges) has over 70 member and associate member colleges. The Natspec College Directory has contact details for each college, information about their courses, specialist support areas and college facilities. For further details please visit the Natspec website.