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Schools & further education in Wales

Education in Wales is compulsory from the ages of 5 to 16. We have  1,547  local authority maintained  schools offering free education to around 466,500 pupils.

Wales is committed to a system of community comprehensive schooling delivered through English, Welsh, bilingually or in a faith setting. Our schools aim to provide high quality inspirational teaching and learning and offer social inclusion, equal opportunities and bilingualism into all aspects of school life.

Schools are therefore committed to providing all children and young people access to an education that affords them the opportunity to achieve their potential, no matter what their individual needs might be. 


Further Education

Further Education institutions in Wales are public sector organisations which offer a wide range of qualifications, including academic qualifications such as A levels or the Welsh Baccalaureate.  As well as technical and vocational courses, these institutions also offer professional courses for individuals and business. They are delivered to learners of all ages to promote life long learning opportunities.

Many schools offer sixth form study options for ages 16-19 and there are 14 Colleges. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales are the national organisation which represents Further Education Institutions and there are opportunities for oversees pupils to study here. It is also possible for overseas pupils to enroll at our private fee-paying schools.  

A list of Colleges, there locations and contact points can be found on the Colleges Wales website. Some Colleges also have their own international pages with details about the opportunities for study and the support on offer.

Colleges work very closely with businesses, developing tailored courses to upskill the workforce. Many college students are in employment and study at college part-time.

English UK Wales

English UK Wales is a national association of accredited English Language centres, and work with the world's leading language teaching association. Its key aim is raising the profile of Wales as an outstanding destination for English language learners. Find out more by visiting the websites below -

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