Moving On Into Adulthood

Helping you understand your options for Year 11 and beyond

When the government launched the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA), it meant that you now have to stay in education or training until you’re 18. It doesn’t mean you have to stay at the same school and there are lots of options for you to choose from, for example:

  • Full time education, this could be a college or 6th form
  • Home education, for example through distance or online learning
  • An apprenticeship
  • Traineeship or Internship
  • Full time work and at least seven and a half hours a week of study
  • Part time education and at least 20 hours a week at work

The Careers Adviser in your current school is there to help you explore your choices and make a good decision about what you'll do next.


If you’re between 16-18 years old college courses are free! You might also be able to get help to pay for your books and equipment.

Help with travel costs

Some colleges may offer subsidised transport using local buses, trains or their own dedicated college buses. Speak to your college for more information.

If you can’t travel on your own because of your health, you may be able to get help with transport to college or 6th form. Speak to your SEN Caseworker for more information.

Boscombe Connect 

Here to support you to be as independent as possible. Everybody has their own personalised support plan which reflects your needs, choices and preferences. We will try to match you up with like minded people who have the same interests as you.

Wherever possible we will visit the community to enable you to make links with groups and people that could be continued in your own time.

Our activities presently include

  • swimming at local leisure centres
  • friendship groups in the community
  • photography
  • film making
  • various arts and craft groups including pottery
  • discussion groups
  • a dance crew
  • quizzes
  • sailing
  • gardening
  • a choir.