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Learning for 14 to 19-year-olds

We offer a range of programmes tailored for learners aged 14 to 19. We can help you to build your confidence and gain real skills for work or to help you with further study.

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16 to 19 full time study support programme

The programme provides young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET, children in care and care leavers with confidence building, personal development and employability skills. The programme includes English, maths and ICT skills and a chance to attend a supportive work placement and gain appropriate work-related qualifications.

14 to 19 part time study programmes

This is a personal programme for each learner. Young people (equivalent to year 10 and above) can work towards GCSE or functional skills (entry level to level 2) in English, maths and ICT as needed, and gain a work-related qualification. Most learners on this programme are those who need an alternative curriculum or environment to the one offered in schools.

16 to 19 apprenticeship programme

A 12 to 24 month programme giving young people the opportunity to gain paid work place experience in a variety of subjects.


For more information on our learning for 14 to 19-year-olds offer, please email

Other learning programmes for 14 to 19-year-olds

Our adult community education service works with other services within the council and outside to offer learning for those aged 14 to 19.

The Virtual School

Derbyshire's Virtual School enhances the life opportunities for Derbyshire children in care by supporting and promoting the importance of their education and enabling them to achieve the best they can.

The Virtual School is a team of educational professionals working alongside schools and settings to ensure we all provide the best education provision for children and young people in our care.

Elective home education

The law states that parents must ensure their child receives a full-time education from the age of 5. This education should be suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any other special needs they have. This can be done through regular attendance at school or through electing to educate them at home.

Outdoor learning

Outdoor learning and development activities for young people (and also adults and families).