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.
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.
Vocational (BTECs, UAL, CACHE etc.)
Vocational 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.
T-Levels are new 2-year courses which are taken after GCSEs and are generally equivalent to 3 A-Levels. T-Levels have been developed in collaboration with employers and education providers to ensure the qualifications meet the needs of industry and prepare students for skilled employment, an apprenticeship or related technical study through further or higher education.
T-Levels incorporate an industry placement of at least 315 hours – approximately 45 days, in order for students to gain practical real-world experience in addition to the knowledge-based learning in college.
These courses are perfect for you if you have finished your GCSEs and are looking to gain the knowledge and experience to get straight into employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. While studying a T-Level qualification you’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement with an employer to give you the skills and knowledge companies look for.
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.
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.
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.
Each of our courses have general entry requirements, some even have additional entry requirements.
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.