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Alternative provision 14-16

In Devon, a number of further education colleges offer alternative provision for 14 and 15-year-old home educated learners who wish to attend college on a part-time basis. This is designed to supplement what is already being provided at home.

As the provision is part-time, learners remain registered as home educated and parents are responsible for:

  • arranging and funding transport to and from college
  • ensuring regular attendance by the young person
  • funding or providing books, equipment or other materials required by the course
  • assuring themselves of safeguarding arrangements and duty of care during course attendance

Plymouth City College

For further details please contact Steve Murphy, Operations Manager

  • Address: Work-Based Learning Department, City College Plymouth, Picquet Barrack, Cumberland Road, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4HX
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01752 856827 or 07793 326598

South Devon College

The Elective Home Education provision offers the opportunity for year 10 and 11 students to gain qualifications in maths, English, science and a vocational area of your choice (Art, Automotive, Animal Care, Construction, Catering, Sport or Hair & Beauty). The provision runs over three days per week from the main South Devon College Campus, Long Road, Paignton.
The offer is highly supportive with limited places to ensure small group sizes and the ability to meet the needs and aspirations of all learners.

The closing date for applications for next September is 15th May 2023, applications received after this date will not be considered. The provision is designed to support onward progression routes into Further Education, Apprenticeships and employment.

Students accessing the provision have full access to all of the college facilities including the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), catering and retail outlets, Positive Intervention team, Maths and English Hub and a personal tutor.

If you are home educating your child and they will be commencing Year 10 or 11 of education in September 2023, you can find more information and apply for a place on our course by following this link:
If you would like to find out more about the South Devon College Elective Home Education provision, please email

Please remember the cut off date for applications for September 2023-24 is 15th May 2023

Bridgewater and Taunton College (Cannington)

Currently, the college is reviewing its curriculum offer for September 2022 but Devon home-educated learners are welcome to apply.

You can get on the waiting list by emailing with your child’s name and contact details. The college will get in touch with more information if places become available.