Which course is right for you?

Discover wide range of courses, designed to prepare you for a successful career.

What course is right for me?

It is really important to ensure that your course choice is suitable for your ambitions now and in the future, whether it is going to university or work after you have finished college.

Discover our wide range of courses, all designed to prepare you for a successful career.

Academic (A-Levels) 

If you are not sure which career or job you want to do, A-Levels are a perfect way of combining a selection of subjects to help you keep your options open. If you do know which career or job you want to do, then our career packages can help you choose the right course combinations for you.

You study three A-Levels over two years, which are generally examined at the end of each course. You can also choose to study a combination of A-Levels and subsidiary courses, details of which can be found in our A-Levels course section.

They are a great qualification to study if you want to go to university, as many Higher Education courses require specific A-Levels or combinations. You may also be able to study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which is recognised by many top universities.

If university is not for you, you also have the option to progress straight into employment or go on to a professional or work-related qualification such as a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship.

Professional (Vocational) 

Professional courses are a popular and recognised alternative to A-Levels. They provide you with a career-focused route, allowing you to apply acquired theory and knowledge so that you leave us career ready. You will focus on one professional route, so these qualifications are ideal if you have an interest in a specific sector or industry.

The courses (e.g. AAT, BTEC, UAL, CACHE and OCR) are equivalent to A-Levels and well-regarded by universities, allowing you to progress to Higher Education. You may also be able to study the EPQ which is recognised by many top universities.

Alternatively, you could move on to a work-based qualification such as a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship or directly into employment within the same or related area that you have been studying.

Foundation Learning 

Whether you have a recognised learning difficulty and/or disability, or little to no formal qualifications, we have courses available to enable your progression. From advancing to employment to developing the knowledge to study a mainstream course at the college, each of our programmes are tailored to your needs.

Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeships come in all different shapes and sizes, combining hands-on training with academic study. From Levels 2 to 4, between 12 to 18 months in duration, our Apprenticeships are tailored to your needs. They are ideal if you would like to get ahead in a particular industry.

You will typically spend one day a week in college and four in the workplace. You are treated the same as any other employee receiving benefits such as sick pay, holiday pay and a wage.

After completing an Apprenticeship, you could go on to further training with a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship or related professional qualification.

Alternatively, you could use your qualification to progress to university or be offered full-time employment, like around 89% of our apprentices*.

Higher Education 

We offer a range of Higher Education courses, enabling you to progress directly on to a university level course on your doorstep. All of our students are guaranteed a place, as long as they have successfully completed a relevant Level 3 qualification.

Adult Education 

Whether you want to get back into education, go to university or are interested in enhancing your career prospects, we have a fantastic range of courses that will help you achieve your goals.

Still unsure on what course to choose?

Come along to one of our Open Evenings to discover the different types of courses available and the career paths they lead to.

You can also book a careers interview with our fully qualified Careers Advisors by using the details below.

The following table outlines the general entry requirements of our 16-18 provisions, please see individual course listings for specifics.

LEVEL QUALIFICATION DURATION GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
FOUNDATION LEARNING      

Entry

STEP

One year

There are no formal qualifications required.

Entry

Pathways

Up to age 25

There are no formal qualifications required for this programme. It is designed for young people with a recognised learning difficulty and/or disability who have been in receipt of an Educational Statement. 19+ learners will need an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP).

Entry

Supported Internship

One year

A minimum of Entry Level 1 English and Maths, as well as an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP).

Level 1

Vocational Studies

One year

Grade E/2 or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

Level 1

Traineeships

Twelve weeks

There are no formal qualifications required.

Level 1

Prince’s Trust

Twelve weeks

There are no formal qualifications required.

PROFESSIONAL      

Level 2

BTEC/CACHE/

OCR/UAL

One year

At least four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above including English Language or Maths. At least one GCSE needs to be at grade C/4 or above.

Level 2

AAT Accounting

One year

AAT Foundation or four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including GCSE English Language and Maths.

Level 3

BTEC/CACHE/OCR/

UAL

Two years

Four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including GCSE English Language and/or Maths with subject specific entry criteria.

or

A Level 2 BTEC Diploma or above and GCSE English Language or Maths at grade C/4 or above.

ACADEMIC      

Level 3

A-Levels

Two years

Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including GCSE English Language and/or Maths with subject specific entry criteria.

APPRENTICESHIPS      

Level 2

Apprenticeships

One to two years

Entry requirements are set by the employer for each vacancy. Typically employers will ask for 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English or a relevant level 2 qualification.

Level 3

Apprenticeships

One to two years

Entry requirements are set by the employer for each vacancy. Typically employers will ask for 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English or a relevant level 2 qualification.

Level 4

Apprenticeships

One to two years

Entry requirements are set by the employer for each vacancy. Typically employers will ask for 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English or a relevant level 2 qualification.

 

Still unsure on what course to choose?

Don't worry - the course you apply for doesn't have to be your final decision. Once you apply we can have a discussion with your to ensure you are on the right course for you. 

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