Further Education

From state of the art courses in creative media and apps to traditional courses in engineering and accounting, students can get the career start they need with Birmingham's further education options.

Further Education


There are colleges and sixth forms awaiting students who wish to take their education further after they leave school. Apprenticeships are also supported by employers and colleges, allowing students to work while they learn about their chosen career.

Key Facts

  • Birmingham Metropolitan College has a total of 13 campuses across the Midlands making them one of the largest colleges in the UK
  • Birmingham's School of Jewellery celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2015
  • The Birmingham Adult Education Service has over 20,000 people joining their courses

Birmingham and the Suburbs

Throughout the Birmingham area, there is a variety of further education colleges and campuses that offer courses, apprenticeships and adult learning, for those who want to continue learning after 16 years of age.

Within the Birmingham area the local colleges are:

- Birmingham Metropolitan College
- Cadbury Sixth Form College
- South & City College Birmingham / Bournville College 
- University College Birmingham

There are also three academies with sixth forms that have a specialist curriculum: Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Aston University Engineering Academy and Waverley Studio College.


Of the fourteen secondary schools and academies in the Solihull area, nine have a sixth form for students who wish to continue their studies after they turn sixteen. Students can also apply to sixth forms that are separate from their choice of secondary school, including a language college, sports college and faith colleges.

Solihull College and University Centre provides a total of 46 courses across its two campuses. It has recently invested in a new aeronautical and aviation centre and a £8.5m expansion of its Woodlands campus, providing state of the art facilities. Students who wish to earn whilst they learn may be interested in the apprenticeships and industry connections the college has to offer.

Sixth Form College Solihull offers 46 courses of both BTEC diplomas and A-levels. Most students choose to take up either one BTEC or three A-levels, though students can increase this to four A-levels. State-of-the-art facilities and resources are available to the students of the college, with recent refurbishments made to the Music facilities and Drama and Performing Arts studios.

For links to the list of options in Solihull, view the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s sixth forms and further education establishments page.  

Coventry and Warwickshire

There are four Warwickshire-based colleges and campuses that provide a range of further education options:

Warwickshire College
- Stratford upon Avon College
- North Warwickshire & Hinckley College
- King Edward VI College

Coventry provides a further two college options:

- City College Coventry
- Henley College Coventry

More information on these colleges and those in the surrounding areas can be found here.

Also check out information on apprenticeships if you are looking for somewhere to learn while you work and gain valuable in-work experience.

The Black Country

The towns and cities which make up the Black Country have their own colleges and courses offering students several choices depending on their location.

These include:

- King Edward VI College – Stourbridge
- Birmingham Metropolitan College
- Dudley College
- Halesowen College
- Sandwell College
- Walsall College
- Wolverhampton College


In Worcestershire there are two main colleges full of courses and apprenticeship opportunities for students over the age of 16.

South Worcestershire College offers full and part time courses across different areas from the modern creative e-media and games design courses to more renowned skills such as business and accountancy.

The Heart of Worcestershire College offers both further and higher education courses to students. Adult learning courses are also available at both colleges for those looking to improve or learn new skills.