Alternative Provision 14-16

Further Education (FE) Colleges are able to claim funding through the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for 14 and 15 year old home educated learners who wish to attend college on a part time basis. As the provision is part time, learners remain registered as home educated and parents are responsible for the following areas:

  • Arranging and funding transport to and from college
  • Ensuring regular attendance by the young person
  • Funding or providing books, equipment or other materials required by the course
  • Assuring themselves of safeguarding arrangements and duty of care during course attendance

In Devon, a number of the FE Colleges offer part time alternative provision, designed to supplement what is already being provided at home. Further details can be found below:

Exeter College

2020-21 the college will be offering 14-16 learning opportunities in the following areas: Automotive and Construction

Enquiries need to be made directly to the relevant faculty:







Plymouth City College

For further details please contact:

Steve Murphy | Operations Manager: Work Based Learning Department, City College Plymouth, Picquet Barrack, Cumberland Road, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4HX | | Tel: 01752 856827 | Mob: 07793 326598


From September 2020 Petroc will only be accepting home educated learners who are 15 before 31st August 2020.

Learners who are entering year 11 and have home education status will be eligible to apply for Petroc's Vocational programme or for GCSE English and Maths.

For further details about 14-16 provision available for home educated learners please contact:

Rosie Trevarthen, 14-16 Co-ordinator

Jo Goodreid, Support & Transition tutor

Petroc | Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2BQ | Tel: 01271 852404

South Devon College

Home educated young people aged 14-16 can access up to 3 days' worth of free provision weekly, over 35 weeks of the academic year.

Further details about the courses currently on offer can be found on the college website:







Information, Advice and Guidance for Home Educated Students

Exeter College Leaflet

Fast Track GCSE Programme

Exeter College Leaflet

Positive Pathways - free 18 week course

Exeter College Leaflet

Jump Start Programme

City College Plymouth

Useful Taster Day Information
Bicton College Cornwall College
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