Education (16-25)

This section is about Post-16 Education. Here, you can find information about all the options available to you from the age of 16, until you turn 25.

Post-16 Education includes Colleges, 6th Forms and other Further Education settings who provide education and training for young people aged 16+.

The Southwark Post-16 Brochure provides information about the options available to you after Year 11. It includes Post-16 and Further Education opportunities and contact details of nearby Education Settings - 

Click here for Southwark Post 16 Brochure. (pdf, 4.8mb)

For information on the support available to young people with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities at Post-16 in colleges and further education settings you can visit the page below.

Click here for SEN Support at Post-16

Mainstream Provisions

Offer vocational courses in a wide range of subjects – from dance and drama to business and IT – as well as A levels and higher education programmes. 

Southwark College offer Supported Learning courses to support people with Educational Health Care Plans and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to gain more independence, improve knowledge and get the guidance and encouragement they need to successfully move into work.

The wide-ranging Student Services team are there to give students the help and guidance you need to get the most out of your time at College.

Offer vocational courses in a wide range of fascinating subjects – from business to beauty – while our large Deptford campus specialises in construction training. Our aim is to prepare you for an exciting career in your chosen sector, and our courses are designed with this in mind.

Lewisham College offer support for people with autism, Asperger syndrome, dyslexia, physical disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, and mental/personal care/health needs. If you need in-class help, this will be put in place by our Transition Coordinator.

Offer a wide range of high quality courses and apprenticeships that will open the door to future career opportunities in health and social care, construction, ESOL, engineering, hair and beauty, hospitality, sport, media and more. 

The Supported Learning programme is dedicated and focused on increasing both independence and employability, while also developing self-confidence and essential key skills, our Entry level 1-3 courses and personalised programmes are designed to enhance employability with real employers.

Four centres across Camden and Westminster, located in the heart of the city in King’s Cross, Victoria and Soho, offering an extensive range of academic and vocational courses for all ages. They offer A Levels, A Level Intensives, vocational courses (diplomas, certificates and awards, including BTECs, University of the Arts London, City & Guilds and more), and higher education courses (HNC, HND, Foundation Degree and Bachelor’s Degree). From September 2021, we will also run T Levels in Digital and Healthcare Science

Westminster Kingsway College is an accessible college, and we are committed to providing adjustments to ensure our disabled students can succeed. We provide an exceptional learning experience for all students, including those with disabilities, mental health difficulties or learning difficulties

We also offer a wide range of specialist programmes for learners with learning difficulties or disabilities at our King’s Cross Centre, Alexandra Centre (  in Camden and Kennet West Centre (  in Westminster, with programmes leading to accredited qualifications and pathways for independent living, employment and essential skills.

South Thames College deliver courses in further and higher education across three college sites in Wandsworth, Tooting and Merton.

The college also have a dedicated site in Merton called Aurora, a specialist centre for 16-25 year olds with an autistic spectrum disorder and/or complex needs. Each site has different courses available.

Capel Manor College offers a range of full and part-time land-based courses which lead to nationally recognised qualifications and potential progression into employment or on to further study. The college deliver a range of courses from Animal Management, Floristry, Garden Design and Horticulture.

Learning support is provided by our expert team of Learning Support Assistants, all of whom are experienced in meeting the needs of those with a wide range of learning difficulties and/ or disabilities.

Specialist Provisions

Highshore is a complex mixed needs special secondary (age range 11 – 19) school situated in Camberwell, in the London Borough of Southwark.  Pupils have a range of needs, including: Complex medical needs,  Downs Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Speech, Language and Communication difficulties, ADHD and Physical disabilities

In the 6th form we aim to help students to develop academically, personally and socially, in preparation for a challenging and changing world. We focus on students being able to apply their communication and life skills in school, at home and in the community to enable them to achieve as much independence as possible.

School for students aged 11-19 with a primary diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. The school is situated in Monnow Road (off Southwark Park Road) in the Bermondsey district of the London Borough of Southwark.

Key Stage 5 students are recognised as young adults. The focus of the curriculum is to prepare students for the future and the transition to adulthood.

Students develop their travel skills through off-site learning. Activities can include attending local sports centres, residential trips, trips to museums, galleries and theatres.

The KS 5 curriculum responds to students’ interests. The options programme is developed to offer accredited courses based on pupils’ interests. Students have opportunities to select the courses of their choice as well as trying out new experiences. A broad range of accredited units are also available through the ASDAN Personal Progress course

The Park College is a special educational needs college in Southwark for young people aged 19-25 with autism and/or moderate learning difficulties. Training courses at the college prepare young people with autism for work and independent adult life. We teach employment skills and support students into work at the end of their courses. Students are supported to realise their potential and encouraged to make informed choices and decisions about things that are important in their lives.

Skills for Work: a training programme for students working at Entry Level focusing developing employment skills.

Into Employment: a work skills programme for students working above Level 1.

Off to work: a one-year intensive training programme for young people who have already completed college courses or placements.

There are six college centres across London and Surrey where committed, specialist teams deliver a range of programmes to meet the needs of our students.

Students who study with us have a wide range of needs including:

  • Profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Physical and sensory impairments
  • Mental health and/or emotional difficulties
  • Communication and behavioural difficulties
  • Social and communication disorders e .g. Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Specific medical needs

All students are individual and each programme is as unique as they are. The programmes are designed to support and empower each student to achieve their aspirations and goals, whilst developing skills to become more independent members of their community.

A day college in London for young people with autism and complex needs.

The college opened in September 2014 and is dedicated to supporting young people with autism aged 16–25. The College offers young people specialist education and support and provide the vocational and community-based opportunities they need to make a successful transition to an active life in their community.

The college deliver personalised programmes of learning which follow the four pathways developed by Preparing for Adulthood: employment independent living, better health, friends, relationships and community.

Beckmead College is a specialist college extension of The Beckmead Family of Schools which is an Outstanding Community Special School located across several sites in Croydon. The College has a main campus and a subsidiary campus and will be for a maximum of 100 students.

Applicants will be identified as having Social Emotional Mental Heath Needs (SEMH) and / or Autism, which could be accompanied by challenging behaviour.

The main site is a multi-million pound new build and facilities include state of the art vocational workshops offering Catering, Bricklaying, Carpentry & Joinery, Motor Mechanics, Painting & Decorating and Multiskills.
The College includes five large workshops that will deliver accredited courses in Bricklaying, Carpentry & Joinery, Motor Mechanics, Painting & Decorating and Multi-skills. These vocational areas are designed to promote a direct link into work and apprenticeships by replicating a business type environment.

Dorton College website

RSBC Dorton College offers a day provision for vision impaired students (16-25).

Based in the London Borough of Bromley, we promote best-in-class, inclusive education and learning at all levels. Students follow an individual programme of academic learning and skills development, including support from a QTVI and help with specialist technology.

We work closely with a range of partners, from both mainstream and specialist educational settings, to ensure that students get the very best from their time with us. We have ‘hybrid’ partnership arrangements with local General Further Education Colleges, which further increases the range and opportunities our students have access to.