Legislation was passed in the Education and Skills Act of 2008 that requires young people to stay in education or training until the age of 18 from 2015.

What are the options?

Raising the Participation Age (RPA) may mean a young person has to stay in education until 18, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they have to stay at school. They could enrol at college, study an apprenticeship or receive part-time education or training, if they’re employed.

Students don’t have to stay on at school – they can choose the route that best suits your ambitions

  • BTECs / T Levels
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work-based training

Get ready for work

One of the most important factors for young people choosing the next step, is how well their education or training prepares them for the job they want to do.

At Walsall College, whether you want to study full-time, or earn while you’re learning, we’ve got a route to suit you. With excellent links to employers, industry-standard facilities and tutors with real experience, you’ll be ready for work, whatever path you take.