For post-16 students in Portsmouth, the majority of the provision is provided by FE Colleges including Portsmouth, Highbury, Havant and South Downs College (all Good or Outstanding), together with a mix of private training providers offering a range of vocational qualifications and apprenticeships. UTC Portsmouth opened in September 2017 offering further opportunities for young people aged 16-18 interested in pursuing a STEM based curriculum. The post-16 sector in Portsmouth is currently facing a number of challenges not least in terms of competition for students, due to the fact that we are in a 16-19 demographic trough and it will be several years before student numbers begin to climb again.
There is a strong higher education offer in the travel to learn area. Many young people from Portsmouth choose to study in local universities or colleges offering higher education provision. The higher and degree apprenticeship offer is developing and this is offering further opportunities for young people to progress to higher education through employment.
The University of Portsmouth works closely with both primary and secondary schools, and with FE colleges across the city to raise aspiration to higher education, break down perceived barriers to university and help students understand the range of courses and pathways available to them. Parental engagement is also a priority
The Post-16 Forum is in place to monitor and deliver a partnerships approach to post-16 participation, progression and achievement.