Further and higher education colleges offer a variety of courses leading to academic and vocational qualifications.

  • Further Education (FE) is normally open to students aged 16 and over.
  • Higher Education (HE) normally applies to those age 18 and over.
  • Students may be eligible for financial assistance for living expenses and travel costs

Further education colleges

  • London South East Colleges  offers vocational and technical education and training to all age groups (16+) as well as access to higher education, degrees, HNCs, HNDs and many other professional qualifications for adult students (19+). The College is rated by Ofsted as 'Good with outstanding features', is a winner of the 2019 Queens Anniversary Prize and three TES FE Awards including Best FE Provider in 2021. If you have ambition and want to succeed in your career, London South East Colleges will help you make it happen.
  • Capel Manor College vocational college, offering courses in arboriculture and countryside, conservation, animal care and management, garden design and horticulture. Courses are available for all levels and all ages from 14 onwards.

Further education colleges for young people with SEND

  • London South East Colleges - Nido Volans Centre is based at the College's Bromley and Bexley Campuses. It offers students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) an excellent range of courses, facilities and work experience opportunities including a supported internship programme. In its last Ofsted report, our SEND provision was rated as 'Outstanding'.
  • Nash College of Further Education  Livability Nash College is an independent specialist further education college for disabled people aged 19-25. The college caters for a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) including physical, communication and sensory disabilities, medical conditions or autism, in addition to learning disabilities, from severe to profound. Tel:  020 8315 4800 email: admin@nash.livability.org.uk.
  • The Shaw Trust - Growing places supported internship provides skills training and employment opportunities for people under 25 years old with an active Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). These internships are accessible for people with physical, sensory, mild to moderate learning disabilities, autism and/or mental ill health or other barriers that impact on access to work. Please visit the website for contact details.

Higher Education

  • Bromley Adult Education College offers part time-time courses
  • London South East Colleges offers a wide range of higher education courses and professional qualifications. Degrees are validated by the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University. The cost of studying a degree course locally means lower course fees (without compromising the quality of teaching and learning), with no need to move away from home and travel long distances. If you have ambition and want to succeed in your career, tour University Centre will help you make it happen 
  • Ravensbourne (specialises in design and communication and based in Greenwich) 

Next steps 

  • Contact the colleges for details of courses and how to apply.

Information and advice for young people with SEND

More information about post 16 education and training choices and options that are open to young people from the age of 16 onwards. 

Details of the range of support and assistance that may be funded through disabled students’ allowances (DSAs). 

Further information about preparing for adulthood including education and finding employment.