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Raising the Participation Age - What it means for you.

The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training until their 18th birthday.


Find out what this new legislation means to you and take a look at our short guide to ensure you know your options.

Choose a route that suits your career aspirations

Raising the participation age (RPA) does not necessarily mean staying in school. Young people have a range of options to choose from post 16:

BTEC National Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A Levels, enabling students to continue to university or employment.

Need help deciding where to study?

Calderdale College has the best tutors with industry experience, the best facilities in Calderdale and the best employer links in the area, so whether you want to study full-time or earn while you are learning, we have a route to suit you.

If you are still undecided about what to do or thinking of a change, (or if you have stayed on at school and it is not quite working out), then it’s not too late to join Calderdale College instead.

We can offer young people and parents impartial quality assured advice and guidance by C&K Careers Advisors, so call 01422 399 399 or email admissions@calderdale.ac.uk (quoting ref. RPA) to arrange an appointment.

Students who have studied at Calderdale College have either progressed on to further study, university or secured employment.

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