Sixth Form 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.  

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

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.

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

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.


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.



Other sixths forms available for young people living in York are:

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

Joseph Rowntree School

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


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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