Information for Learners
At Expanse Learning our team recognise that choosing the right college and course can be a scary and challenging decision for you.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help. We recommend really knowing what you want to do and carefully considering all of your options. Importantly, never give up on the college or course that’s right for you! For some help, call us for a chat with one of the team on 01942 877715.
Here are some tips for choosing the right college and course:
Work out what you want to do after college
This will help you pick the right course! When you’ve found a college that interests you, take a look at their website to see if they have any stories about what students are doing after their course.
Do you think mainstream or specialist provision will work best for you?
You may have had positive and negative experiences with both, but it is always worth taking the time to look around at all of your options.
Work out what’s really important to you before making any visits.
For example, are you concerned the college may not be able to support your health requirements? Are you worried about benefits issues? Write all of these points down, and take them with you when you go to see a potential college.
Work out what’s important to you in terms of your peer group.
Many of the students at Expanse Learning say that here they are “treated like adults for the first time in their lives”. Other students have said they can just be themselves, make friends and socialise – without their disability being a key thing that defines them.
Carers, teachers, career advisors, parents independent supporters and advocates are all people who will be able to point you in the right direction
What happens if you have chosen a college and are told you can’t go there?
Firstly, you need to be clear about why you want to go to that college and how what they’re offering will help you achieve your goals. If the college is a further education college, a sixth form, offers work-based learning or is an independent specialist college (approved on the Section 41 list – like Expanse Learning College) you can attend that college unless the Local Authority feels it is not appropriate for you to do so because they feel you won’t achieve good outcomes, or they feel another college would support you better.
If you need help on funding, please contact our EHCP Coordination and Admissions team on 01942 877715 – they have supported lots of people through the funding process and can offer loads of helpful support.
The most important things are: be clear about what you want to do, consider all of your options and, above all, don’t give up on getting the college or course that’s right for you!
Finally, view Natspec’s guide here for further information about moving into further education.