Post 16 learning options

3. Finding a course

There are lots of post 16 education and training options available in Lancashire. You need to understand what these are to help decide which is right for you. This will help you to progress towards your future.


You can check out the UCAS website for more information on the post 16 options available. It has a range of helpful information, such as types of learning and what qualifications are available.


Colleges have information about the courses available and the support they offer on their websites. They may use different headings such as:

  • '16-18 courses', 'school leavers' or 'sixth form centre' - for general courses
  • 'foundation learning' – for courses specifically designed for young people with a special educational need and disability (SEND) or with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • 'student services' or 'student support' – on the support available at the college

Students taking an academic or vocational course will follow an individualised package of learning called a study programme. This will help you to progress towards your chosen destination. You can find out more about study programmes on UCAS.

Apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships

If you are interested in a work-based learning option, you can find more information on:

You should discuss these options with the careers adviser at your school.

What qualification levels mean

Qualifications are available at different levels. The higher the level, the more difficult the course to achieve the qualification. There are 9 qualification levels and you can read more about qualification levels on GOV.UK.

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