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Study programme for 14 to 19-year-olds

We offer a range of study programmes tailored for learners aged 14 to 19 and aged 24 with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

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We specialise in supporting young people that have had challenging experiences in earlier education. 

We provide a range of government funded, local, small and friendly programmes which are designed to develop confidence, qualifications, work and life skills to progress into further training or employment:

  • 16 to 19 (24 with EHCP) study programmes to bridge into further study or work
  • 14 to 16 electively home educated study programme
  • 18 to 24 supported internship (EHCP learners)
  • alternative provision for 14 to 16-year-olds

Learners will:

  • build confidence
  • experience a different vibe from most mainstream schools and colleges
  • develop skills to be independent and safe in life and work
  • make a plan for their next steps
  • improve maths, English and digital skills
  • achieve essential qualifications
  • gain valuable work experience
  • take part in fun community projects and trips out

16 to 19 study programmes

The programme is available for young people aged 16 to 19 (and up to 24 with an EHCP).

The programme includes essential skills and qualifications for progression:

  • maths and English GCSE or functional skills
  • digital skills and online safety
  • transferable skills and work placement

Learners will follow a vocational pathway with different options available in each programme:

  • hospitality
  • construction
  • business and customer  care
  • health, social and childcare
  • sustainability
  • leadership

We provide 16 to 19 programmes in:

  • Alfreton
  • Bolsover
  • Clay Cross
  • Cotmanhay
  • Eco Centre, Wirksworth
  • Glossop
  • Long Eaton
  • Swadlincote

14 to 16 part time study programme for electively home educated learners (EHE)

This programme is only for students who are electively home educated and who are on the Electively Home Educated register.

DACES offer a part-time study programme for EHE young people. Priority is given to year 11 aged young people.

This programme is designed to supplement the education parents are providing at home and cannot exceed 310 hours per year.

We focus on:

  • maths and English (functional skills or GCSE)
  • employability and personal development

Young people will study for 3 accredited qualifications at their assessed level.

18 to 24 supported internship for learners with an education health and care plan (EHCP)

An education health and care plan is a legal document for young people aged 0 to 25 who require additional support for their education.

DACES are the education provider for supported internships which are a bespoke transition to work programme for students with disabilities.

Currently we have internships at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock. For more information, email:

14 to 16 alternative provision

Our local, welcoming and small study programmes can be suitable alternative for learners in year 10 or 11. Schools or pupil referral units can contact us to discuss specific elements of our programme that we could provide for learners on their roll using a service level agreement.


Fill out a short enquiry form for more information on our learning for 14 to 19-year-olds and a member of the 14 to 19 team will contact you.