Year 12 Starting in Further Education

Did you get your English and Maths GCSEs?

Did you get grade/s 3 or below in your English/Maths GCSEs this summer?

Did you know you must improve these grades to 4 or above ?

Has your College/6th Form/Learning Provider talked to you about this?

You should be offered the chance to retake your English/Maths GCSE as part of your present course this year

Or you should be offered the chance to follow a Literacy/Numeracy qualification like Functional Skills as part of your present course this year to help you improve alot more so you are more ready to retake your English and Maths GCSEs as part of your course next year


You need grade 4 English and Maths to continue your education and get a job

You need grade 4 English and Maths on your CV to show employers

If you have a problem talking to your Learning Provider about this please email the Virtual School Post 16 Improvement Officer at

Financial Assistance

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.

Learners who will be 16-18 on 31st August of the year that they start their course are eligible to apply for the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Learners who are studying a full or part-time course that is subsidised by the Education Funding Agency may apply to the fund.

The application process is straightforward:

You will be sent an application form for the Fund when you are offered a place on a course.

The Fund is means-tested, so there will be an application procedure and you may need to see a Welfare Adviser. You can always make an appointment to see our welfare team before you apply for your course, to help you understand the costs of coming to college.

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