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Post 16 Education Options

Each of these schools will have designated careers advisers who will work with the young people throughout their time in the settings as to what step they will take next.  

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Specialist Careers Advisers

The Specialist Careers Advisers are a team of advisers who support young people with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who are in education and training.

They work with young people aging from 13-25 years old who are at either; a secondary school in York, attending local and specialist colleges or those who are with personalised learning and training providers.

United Response

At Level 2 the student is offered out of classroom study skills support to help a student with learning difficulties structure their assignment

United Response believe in equal opportunities for all. They provide a range of training, employment, care and support opportunities for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities within the York area. 


To see more information about United Response, click here.

Blueberry Academy

Personalised Learning is designed to meet the individual needs of young people. The student can choose the direction that they want to go in and develop the skills they need. This can include learning life skills, managing more independence and moving towards employment.

Personalised Learning is open to young people aged 16-25 years old who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP.)

Personalised Learning pathways at Blueberry can be towards Employment or Independence, or a mixture of both.

All Pathways are initially for one year and run for 3 or 4 days per week, depending upon the needs of the individual student.

Students can attend for 1, 2 or 3 years, as long as they are still making educational progress.

Blueberry delivers these programmes on behalf of York Learning, as part of City of York Council's local offer to support young people in preparing for adulthood. Each student has an individual programme which is tailored to their personal independence or employment goals.

Blueberry also delivers PLPs in Selby and Scarborough on behalf of North Yorkshire Adult Learning.

Learning and training can take place in the following ways:

  • through taught sessions (group or one to one) in our Learning Hubs
  • in our own in-house supported employment activities
  • through organised community activity or volunteering opportunities
  • on a work placement or Supported Internship, supported by a Blueberry Job Coach


For more information, follow the link below to the Blueberry Website and Facebook Page

- Blueberry Website

- Blueberry Facebook Page



Our aim is to support and enable disabled people to reach their full potential by working with them and for them in a variety of ways. Actively involving them in creating opportunities which focus on their personal and social development. This includes settings such as youth clubs, inclusive D of E, holiday provision and social events. Volunteering opportunities, alternative learning provision which can be accredited and work experience.


Tang Hall Smart

Musician Course - Our class is a fully-funded part time music course for adults who face barriers/disadvantages to their music making.

Sounds SMART - This course gives participants a chance to create, learn, socialise, perform and record music in a non-pressurised environment. Participants engage in numerous different activities each week and have opportunities to work with out huge range of resources.

Ad Astra

Ad Astra offer a highly practical and engaging outdoor education programme, which is founded on our partnership with Natural England and other large organisations, focusing on land-based studies, communication and positive behaviour reinforcement. Our explicit focus on oracy is particularly powerful in helping students to understand and articulate barriers and triggers for poor behaviour and this allows us to build a bespoke programme to help facilitate engagement in education and reintegration to school. 

York Learning


Deliver a range of programmes to prepare people for work
Provide qualifications and skills for work, including supporting young people who are NEET
Support those who want a qualification whilst in work, principally through apprenticeships for young people and adults
Help local employers to improve the qualification levels of their workforce and increase their contribution to the economy.
Improve the quality of peoples lives by helping them gain skills to improve their health and well being


Askham Bryan College

Askham Bryan College offers a range of practical outdoor courses with a focus on independent living, animal care and horticulture. The courses are designed for young people over the age of 16, including those with additional needs. Young people or their carers should get in touch to discuss requirements and request information about personalised taster days and campus tours.

Askham Bryan College has a specialist Learning Support department, this team works closely with the specialist curriculum teams and students to provide support which is appropriate to a students individual needs. 

Askham Bryan provides a banded approach to teaching with the specialist curriculum teaching team receiving the information, advice, guidance and training from the Learning support coordinators. They acknowledge that some students work best with an embedded curriculum with a good or outstanding teaching and learning environment with appropriate adjustments being made to materials, approaches and strategies and also (where possible) assessments. However some students work best in a shared whole class support and some work best with a more intensive package with individual support. The banded approach allows for students with difficulties and disabilities to achieve just as well as their peers and develop their confidence and independence.

Joseph Rowntree School

Throughout sixth for at Joseph Rowntree there will be close links produced with other local sixth form providers.

Fulford School

Post 16 provision is mentioned and their integration with inclusion staff at York College,Askham Bryan and other Sixth Forms to ensure all relevant information is shared so a full picture of the child can be addressed. Students with EHCP's are able to access support from Learning and Work Advisers once in Key Stage 4.


All Saints Roman Catholic School

For relevant pupils transition visits to York College and Askham Bryan (along with other local providers)are arranged. All Saints have a designated Connexions Advisers who provide additional advice and guidance whilst studying.


Huntington School

The David Edwards Library and Resource Centre houses the Learning Support Department which is available for students right through until they leave 6th form

Year 11- post 16 provision transition- liaise with other post-16 providers to ensure a smooth transition and ensure support is valuable- additional career support, site visits, transport support

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Minster Provision

Askham Bryan College, in partnership with Applefields School and the City of York Council are delighted to provide the an exciting and unique provision for young people aged 19 plus with complex needs. The college and school opened ‘Minster Provision’ in September 18 in a unique partnership that will assist those with the most complex needs begin a meaningful and smooth transition into adulthood. Both organisations have been developing this new addition to ‘York’s Local Offer’ over the course of the last year.

The provision is delivered by Applefields School working in partnership with Askham Bryan College. Applefields is a special school for secondary aged students with a wide range of learning difficulties. This course is aimed at learners who are 19+ years of age with complex needs based working at Entry Level 1 and below.

Read Ben's Story

Minster Provision, Askham Bryan College

Student: Ben
Aged 19 years from near York.

Ben is one of the first group of students on the Minster Provision Facility for individuals with complex learning difficulties, which began in September 2018.

Securing a place in the Dentdale Centre at Askham Bryan College has been transformational for 19 year old Ben. Ben has severe autism and was one of the first, if not the first student to be accepted as part of the Minster Provision initiative.

The initiative is a partnership between the College, the City of York Council and Applefields School, York’s special school for secondary pupils with special educational needs. The Minster Provision facility provides young people with complex educational and health needs with new experiences in a safe environment, to enhance their lives and assist them in achieving their potential.

Ben’s educational experience began at Applefields but when the initiative with the three organisations was announced, his mother Karen immediately put his name down for a place with the Minster Provision. A visit to the College for them was arranged, which proved a success and a place amongst the first cohort of seven students was confirmed. Ben has blossomed hugely in a relatively short space of time and already his family has a difference.

Said Karen: “Ben has severe autism and one of the things he struggles with is coping with noise, it makes him anxious. It’s a busy campus with lots of different machinery, lots of people, animals and activities, but he has settled in really well and is really enjoying being part of the college community. It’s as though he’s always been there.”

Ben’s growing independence is evident by the fact that he is currently working towards an *ASDAN qualification, and his time at Askham Bryan includes experience in the Animal Management Centre and in the Wildlife & Conservation Park, where he particularly enjoys working with the reptiles, amphibians and fish. “It seems that every time he has another session, he gains a new skill. The difference in him is incredible,” says Karen.

Becoming familiar with the hustle and bustle of a busy campus along side other students is an important part of Ben’s routine, and includes using the refectory, taking advantage of the library, moving from one part of the site to another and generally being part of the college environment.

His life away from campus has expanded too - Ben enjoys swimming, cycling, music and using his laptop.

Karen added: “Ben has developed so much in the relatively short time he’s been at Askham Bryan. I can’t speak too highly of the staff who are so supportive and caring.

“With every opportunity presented to him, Ben is learning and developing strategies to manage his own behaviour and regulate his anxiety.  I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important this is. Otherwise it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to take him out to public places, be part of the community and live a fulfilling life. He would be spending most of his time at home, isolated except for family, and his mental health would suffer from lack of stimulation.

“Also, I have seen just how well all the other students have settled in and seem to be very happy. It’s a wonderful place, with excellent staff and it would be lovely to be able to extend this positive experience to other young people. I couldn't be prouder of what Ben has achieved so far and look forward to seeing Ben develop further.”

4 January, 2019

Editor’s Notes:
*ASDAN is a British education charity and awarding organisation, headquartered in Bristol. It provides curriculum programmes and qualifications to help young people develop knowledge and skills for learning, work and life



Applefields offers Post 16 continuing education to prepare students for the next stage of their life, including access to further education. Students are eligible to continue to attend Applefields school for up to 3 years Post 16 provision (up until the end of the school year in which they turn 19 years old). During this time students will continue to be eligible for home to school transport provided by their local authority (do check with your local authority to ensure that they provide this)

The curriculum focuses more on the development of personal and social independence skills as well as skills in literacy and numeracy. Vocational training, work experience, independent living, travel training, personal and social education and also a broad PE and leisure programme are also covered for the students during their time at Applefields. 

Staff at Applefields will work with the students, their parents and carers and also the local authorities Connexions or Careers service to provide guidance about the range of provision available post school provision.

Applefields links with York College and Askham Bryan which offers the student with the possibility of transferring to these mainstream colleges with specialist education courses.


Archbishops Holgate's School

Archbishop Holgate’s School provides a Work Skills Course runs through Key Stage 4 but also into Key Stage 5. Entry requirements are subject to interview. The Head of Work Skills builds a strong relationship with the student to help ensure that there is a smooth transition from Year 11 into Year 12. This is done through an integrated approach liaising with schools and their SENCOs to fully understand the individual needs of that student.

BTEC Work Skills offers the students the opportunity to work towards a Level 2 qualification in Year 12 and Level 3 in Year 13. The qualification is flexible in the sense that it can be tailored to meet individual needs. This course runs alongside the opportunity for the students to also participate in a work placement 2 days a week. This allows students to gain practical work experience and provides a valuable insight into the world of work.

Some of the topics covered include managing your own money, searching for a job, interview skills, working as a team, planning for work and career progression. The aim of this course is to prepare students to progress into further vocational education, apprenticeships or employment.

York College

York College offers support for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (SEN) including specialist staffing, equipment and resources and can make reasonable adjustments in discussion with the student, whether or not they have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). There is also a specialist programme for 16 to 24-year-old young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who would like to study at entry level or level 1.

York College offers a programme called Pathway to Work and Independent Living. This programme enables students to study at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3 or Level 1. You do not need qualifications for these courses and they can be personalised to suit the particular needs of the student. Students study English and Maths, Personal and Social Development and where appropriate, undertake work related learning or work experience and study units which will help them work towards work related qualifications.

What have past students said about the Pathway to Work and Independent Living Programme?

"My name is Jamie, I used to go to Applefields School. I went to York College and did The Pathway to Work and Independent Living Course. I feel that they course prepared me for the world of work"

York College have also produced a booklet called 'Able to Learn', which gives more information on the types of support the college can offer. To find out more about additional learning support or the Pathway to Work and Independent Living Programme you can call the Learning Support Team on 01904 770428


The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC)

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), is a Section 41 provider. They are a Further Education College for those aged 16 plus with a visual impairment. For more information, please visit their website

Contact them at or telephone 01432 376 621.


Specialist College

Some students and their families/carers seek residential education placements at an ISP. Residential colleges offer full time further education programmes for students post-19 for 1, 2 or 3 years.



On the University Pages you can read some stories from Young People in York who have experienced what it is like getting a place and attending university


Personalised Learning

Personalised Packages and Learning

For young people who would like to continue their education when they leave school but do not have the entry requirements for local college courses then a personalised learning and work programme (PLWP) may suit them. This programme combines three elements:


What do students think of Askham Bryan College?

"I think this college is a fab place to be because it has a laid back approach and it suits me, I'm glad I came here." Comments made by a student who was studying a Level 1 Diploma in Land Based Studies (Horticulture) at Askham Bryan College. This student left Applefields School in July and started his college course the following September. 


Prince's Trust Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills

If you are unemployed, seeking direction and ideas for you future- ages 16-25 years old then this might be the course for you!

This course is deal for those who want to build their confidence, gain extra qualifications, develop new interpersonal skills and improve long-term career prospects.

This is a 12- week course (which includes 2 weeks on placement and 1 week residential). There are 3 starting periods throughout the year- Sept/Oct, Jan/Feb, May/June.


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