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Go to college

If you are over 16 you can choose to go to a local college.

In college you could:

  • Meet lots of new people and make new friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Try new lessons
  • Carry on with your reading and maths
  • Gain a qualification

Watch the video

From School to College

Watch the video to find out what some young people think about college.

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What can I do in college?

In college you might be able to study a course like Independent Living Skills course. On this course you might:


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Learn more about using money

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Get skills for work

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Gain social skills

You could also choose a course where you will learn more about a type of work like:

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Painting and decorating

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Child care

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Animal care

How much time will I spend in college?

Colleges have courses that are full time or part time.

Full time course - this means that you might spend up to 4 days a week in college.

Part time course - this means that you might spend up to 1 or 2 days in college.

Will I get support in college?

If you have had support in school then you should get support when you go to college.

Your Careers Adviser and staff in school can help you with this.

How much will I get paid?

If you are 16-18 years old you may get Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). This is up to £30 a week.

Talk to the college to find out more or visit Student Finance Wales.

How can I find out more about going to college?

You can:

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Look at the college website

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Visit the college

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Talk to your Careers Adviser

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Ask school if you can have a taster day

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