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I am aged 14-16

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The Choices Programme

The Choices Programme is a range of courses offered to 14-16 year olds. There are a number of different courses available for students in Year 10 and 11 at school as well as bespoke programmes of study specifically for home educated students under 16 years. In addition we also offer courses for students with additional needs who still attend school but may be over 16.

Options for Schools

When it comes to helping young people make important choices about what to study after Year 9, schools often look beyond their boundaries to develop partnerships which provide access to a wider range of learning pathways and subject choices.

Find out more about the courses on offer and how the Choices team support 14-16 year old students at Central by viewing the courses we offer below or by downloading our Choices prospectus.

Options for Home Education

Home Educated learners can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their home education. Central College has been leading the way locally and nationally in creating programmes of study just for this group of young people. The Choices team support these students on their learning journey from application, enrolment and through to the successful completion of their course.

We work hard to balance the diverse needs of the whole home educated community and those young people for whom school hasn’t been a successful learning environment.  The home ed provision at college may not always be suitable for students with significant behavioural issues and those who are disengaged from education.  Students who have been permanently excluded from school, or were at risk of this happening prior to de-registration from school, may be referred to alternative provision.  Each application is fully explored to ensure that every individual is on the programme which offers the best and most appropriate support to meet their needs.

To access this programme you must be equivalent in age to school years 9,10 or 11.

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Information for Parents

Through our excellent partnerships with schools in the city and county and the home educated community we develop programmes of study which gives young people the opportunity to divide their education between school/home and college. There are currently over 350 young people from 30 schools participating in our highly regarded programmes. Our dedicated Choices team at Central co-ordinates the programmes, liaises with schools and parents and supports the welfare of young people during their time at the college.

There are many benefits of studying at the college including:

  • Gaining nationally recognised qualifications
  • Having the chance to try a career option before making choices at 16

The college environment is very different from school. We expect our young people to be responsible for their own learning and have high standards of behaviour. If a young person is offered a place on a college course the place may be withdrawn if our high standards of behaviour are not met. You also need to be aware that students may be required to travel independently to and from college, that college sites are open sites and that there is no formal supervision at the college during break and lunch times, although there will always be someone available to help if needed.

If you would like to know more about courses for young people under the age of 16, talk to a teacher at your son/daughter’s school and they will contact Central to explore the options. In the case of young people who are being home educated please contact Central direct on Tel: 

0115 884 2840 or email

If you’d like to learn more about the options available for bespoke school programs or home education, please get in touch with our Choices Team:


tel: 0115 8842840