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local programmes for young people

This section is full of information about your choices in education and learning, ranging from how qualifications have changed, further and higher education, local provision, apprenticeships and other avenues you may be considering.

Your Choices at 22

There are lots of choices for what you do after you turn 22, and you need to pick the one that will help you get the future you want. Click on the tabs below to view some of the options.

Colleges offer a wide variety of courses including apprenticeships.

You need to find a college that offers the courses or subjects you are interested in studying, or the best route to the career you are interested in.  If you have specialist educational needs or other support needs, you will need to talk to your chosen provider to ensure they can support your needs.

There are 2 colleges within Wiltshire. These are:

In Swindon 2 Colleges have merged and are now;

  • New College Swindon
  • Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology
    The IoT is a high quality employer-led training facility delivering high level technical and digital skills training for young people and to those already in employment. The IoT specialises in delivering higher technical education providing students with a clear route to technical employment, and employers with a skilled workforce.

For more information on other further education courses visit

Higher Education refers to qualifications beyond level 3 (A level) and provision can be accessed in a number of ways;

  • Higher Education Institution (University) which offer a wider range of undergraduate and post graduate qualifications usually but not always on full time courses
  • Further Education College which offer qualifications from level 4-7 often in partnership with universities. They often offer more part time programmes and include Access to Higher Education courses intended for adults without level 3 qualifications to enable them to enter a degree or higher level qualifications
  • In the workplace through in-house or training provider led training programmes  for professional qualifications, or in the workplace through higher and degree apprenticeships delivered by training providers and universities
  • Distance learning via courses such as the Open University or Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs).

There is more information and some useful videos on the benefits of Higher Education on the WIN website.

Wiltshire College and University Centre offers a variety of degree level apprenticeships.

A growing number of employers in the Swindon and Wiltshire area are offering higher and degree level apprenticeships in partnership with universities and training providers.

Where to study and courses

There are a huge variety of courses that you can study at Higher Education and choosing which one can be difficult. Have a look at what interests you and what qualifications you might need in the future.

Visit University Compare to see what Higher Education settings are in your area or use the UCAS search tool to see what Universities offer the course you would like. UCAS’s ‘what to study’ page also has more advice and information.

Some Higher Education courses can be studied online or studied in flexible ways; therefore it is worth checking if your course offers distance learning; UCAS has more information on their distance learning and part time study page.  Alternatively you could study at the Open University which is an online University and most courses have no formal entry requirements.

If you are not sure if university is for you, why not check out Not Going To Uni and see what alternatives there are.

GradTalent Development Agency – The GradTalent Development Agency offers a personalised employment service designed to assist graduates from the South West to secure local graduate opportunities.

Local programmes for young people

There are lots of free courses and opportunities on offer with organisations across the county that will support you into education, employment and training. These range from courses like Get Ahead which helps you to progress to education, employment an apprenticeship or traineeship with incentives to providers offering mentoring support.

A directory of this provision is located below.

List of local programmes for young people


UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to Higher Education. UCAS services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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