Further education is education for young people between the ages of 16 and 19. It includes school sixth forms, sixth form colleges and FE colleges. Higher education is provided by universities and similar institutions that offer degrees and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs).
Further education is often the first option for young people with special needs or disabilities when they leave school. There can seem to be an overwhelming range of choices, but in practice many parents have found that those possibilities quickly narrowed down to just a few. The ‘Further and higher education’ chapter from our Through the Next Maze handbook examines all the options in detail, including the kinds of additional support and funding available for further and higher education. It also explains how the new Education, Health and Care Plans are replacing Statements and what this means for your child. Finally, the chapter includes advice about how you and your child can make the best choice.
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