14-16 Home Educated Students

Plumpton College will only consider home-educated students whose parents can confirm their child's home-educated status (e.g. a copy of the de-registration letter). They must have been out of education for at least six months. If accepted onto a course, the student's course will be funded by the Education Funding & Skills Agency. However, costs of course materials and travel (equipment, course handbooks, safety wear) are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are currently no bursaries for students on a 14-16 programme. 

Applications are now closed for September 2024 Entry


Is there an interview process?

Applications will be reviewed and interviews arranged in date order of when the application was receivedOffer of interview does not guarantee the young person a place at the college.

We are looking for students that demonstrate a passion for their chosen area/s of study and have a long-term goal of working within their chosen industry and perhaps, are already gaining experience in the field. The number of applicants we can accept for each of our vocational courses is restricted due to the Health and Safety guidelines for each curriculum area we offer.

Levels of interest in specific curriculum areas changes year to year, therefore, some courses may become full sooner than others. We may have to cancel interviews if curriculum areas become full sooner than expected. This is not something that we are able to predict.

Many of our courses require students to complete online exams, work portfolios or coursework units, therefore literacy and numeracy skills are important. This will be discussed further at interview and students that start with us will undergo initial assessments in maths and English.

Plumpton is predominantly a Further Education (FE) provider which means we do not receive funding for any in-class support for learners with SEN and EHCPs. Lecturers can differentiate teaching where possible, to accommodate learner requirements and class sizes in vocational areas are, on average, smaller than those found in mainstream Secondary Schools.  Please note that that we are unable to offer 1:1 support.

If your young person is successful in gaining a place at the college, high levels of attendance are vital. Due to the nature of our courses, students must be on site to participate in practical assessments and theory assessments. Exam boards state that these must take place on the educational site in view of the assessing lecturer, they cannot take place at home.

Students joining us must be off rolled from any previous school for a minimum of 6 months prior to their start date with us. You will be asked for evidence of this date. The latest date that a student must be off rolled from school for a September 2024 start will be the 8th March 2024. 

If your child is not already Electively home educated, but you are considering removing your young person from mainstream secondary school specifically to attend the 14-16 programme, please do not do this prior to receiving a formal offer of a place from the college.

Do I need to re-apply if I am a current Home Educated Student at Plumpton?

All Home Educated Students must pass their first year qualification to progress to the second year. Students do not need to reapply for their second year; and will be sent an enrolment link for their second year that will need to be completed. 

Do I have to wear uniform?

Schools students do not have to wear their school uniform. Dress is expected to be smart, casual and suited to the course attending with certain clothing requirements for some courses. 

The wearing of the college lanyard is compulsory at all times and is a means of confirming students and staff on site.