• Elective Home Educated Scheme

At South Devon College we run a very successful Elective Home Education programme, which is designed to meet the needs of the home educating community in South Devon.

We offer a supportive and aspirational provision which allows us to help every student realise their goals and ambitions. Our courses are designed to offer progression routes to further education, apprenticeships and employment. Delivered over three days per week, supporting the learning and development of students aged 14-16 (years 10 and 11) who are home educated, achieve maths, English and science qualifications as well as a vocational qualification in an area of their choice, please see the list below for our current academic and vocational options (please note, these are subject to change).

If your child is registered with your Local Authority as home educated and will be in year 10 or 11 in September, you can apply for a place on our course.

All home educated students accessing the provision have full access to all of the College facilities including the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), catering outlets, Positive Intervention support, access to the maths and English Hub, and a personal tutor. Parent evenings are held across the academic year where tutors are available to discuss your child’s progress in their chosen courses.

How to Apply

Please click here to begin an application.

Once you have applied you will be invited in to one of our Welcome Sessions where you will meet the team and have the opportunity to have a tour of the College and find out more about the range of courses that we offer.


South Devon College are able to offer a wide range of support to ensure that students are able enjoy their studies and to meet their full potential with us. If you feel your child may require any additional support, please let us know this during our Welcome Sessions.


As a student of South Devon College you are entitled to apply for a discounted bus pass through the College. You are able to purchase as a one-off payment or set up a monthly direct debit. Please click here for more details.

Courses currently on offer:


  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Biology
  • BTEC Level 1 Introductory Applied Science
  • Functional Skills: Maths
  • Functional Skills: English


  • Animal Care
  • Automotive
  • Catering
  • Construction
  • Hair and Beauty


Can my child only participate in the vocational element of the course? No. The course is run over three days and requires your child to enrol for the whole programme. It is designed to meet the home educated criteria of being age-appropriate matched to ability and interests.
Is the course exclusively for home educated students? The academic subjects (English, maths and science) are exclusively for home educated students, the vocational courses are also open to other 14-16 year olds.
I am not registered with my Local Authority as home educating, can I still enrol? No. Enrolment on the course requires you to be registered for at least six weeks with Local Authority prior to enrolment. Please see the link below for your Local Authority Elective Home Education web page.



What happens after year 11? We provide independent Advice and Guidance (IAG) in year 11 to all of our home educated students. You will be offered an appointment with our Helpzone team and CSW Group to discuss next steps and support will be offered with applications to post 16 courses, apprenticeships or employment either at South Devon College or beyond.
At school my child received free school meals, do you supply free school meals? Unfortunately the College does not receive funding to be able to offer free school meals for the home educated provision, lunch or money for lunch will need to be provided each day.
My child has a private tutor, can they carry on with this? Of course. We love to know that your child is studying other subjects than those that are on offer at South Devon College.

To report your child’s absence please call 01803 540455 or email homeeducation@southdevon.ac.uk

To find out more about South Devon Colleges Elective Home Education provision please call 01803 540455 or email homeeducation@southdevon.ac.uk

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