Home Educated

The “Inspire Programme” was successfully launched in September 2013 for elected home-educated 14-16 year olds.

The Inspire Programme:

  • Supports you at key stage 4
  • Helps you with career advice and planning
    The programme lasts for 2 years and is part time - usually on two days per week

Course Options


  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology

Vocational Courses

  • IT - CIDA ( Certificate in Digital Applications), equivalent to GCSE
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Animal Care
  • Musical Theatre

Entry Policy

Halesowen College has an inclusive approach to admissions and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Each application is considered against the demands of the applicant’s chosen programme and a place on a programme will be based on a judgement as to the suitability of that programme for the individual’s learning style and his or her ability to flourish academically.

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2018.

A judgement and offer will be made based on an individual’s prior academic knowledge and achievements (formal and informal) and a positive aptitude/attitude to learning.

Evidence to support our judgement could be based on school reports, if available, and references.

Entry Criteria

  • You must be between ages of 14 and 16.
  • You must have been home educated for a minimum of one term prior to admissions to the programme, ie. in or during year 9 or earlier (or been home educated at prior intervals during your school career).
  • To be able to access the individual subjects/qualifications effectively and be successful, you will need to demonstrate relevant literacy and numeracy levels assessed by an initial screening programme.
  • You must attend an interview and at interview demonstrate a willingness and commitment to participate in the programme.
  • You (parents/guardians and child) will sign a Learning Agreement thereby formalising your commitment to regular 100% attendance & punctuality at agreed classes/subjects for the duration of the programme and completion of the qualification, including all external examinations and assessments. Poor attendance & punctuality will be subject to the College disciplinary system.

This is what some of our students think about the programme

“It’s good.” (Aidan, 15, Dudley)

“We all get on well.” (Shannon, 15, Worcestershire)

“Teachers are helpful and it’s a nice environment to work in.” (John, 14, Birmingham)

“I’ve made friends really easily.” (Kyle, 14, Birmingham)

“The other students understand me.” (Sarah, 14, Kidderminster)

“College is much better than school. It’s big, spacious and very helpful.” (Nathan, 14, Wolverhampton)

“The food’s nice.” (Leena, 14, Wolverhampton)

For further information contact Joanne Smith on 0121 602 7727 (joannesmith@halesowen.ac.uk ) or Rachel Oliver on 0121 602 7693 (roliver@halesowen.ac.uk)