Which Course?

Choosing the right course for you

With such a wide range of different courses to choose from, how can you find out which type of qualification would best suit your interests, career plan and learning style? Take a look below to see which type of qualification would be best for you.

Competition for places on courses is high, so you can’t wait until you get your GCSE results to decide. If you are unsure, you can apply for more than one course. You will then have the opportunity to attend an interview for those chosen areas to help you make a decision. When you come to the college for your interview, we will consider your predicted grades and discuss the qualification that would be right for you.

Vocational Courses

For those of you who are interested in a specific field, or have a clear career path in mind, a vocational course will set you in the right direction towards employment or university. These nationally recognised qualifications place more emphasis on practical skills and are assessed through work-related assignments. Our BTEC diplomas are defined by the Qualifications and Credit Framework. We offer everything from Agriculture to Performing Arts, Equine Studies to Motor Vehicle, find out more here.


If you are interested in combining study with quality experience in the workplace, an apprenticeship would be the qualification for you. You will have the opportunity to earn a wage while learning relevant skills for your profession. Apprentices either divide their time between the workplace and college or complete their Apprenticeship 100% in the workplace. For more information about apprenticeships, please click here or contact us at apprenticeships@bca.ac.uk or call 01628 827438.

Foundation Learning Programmes

You don’t need any formal qualifications to enter a course at foundation level. If you need some extra support with your studies, or work best within a smaller group, our foundation and entry level courses would be suitable for you. You will have the opportunity to develop numeracy, literacy, ICT, social and personal skills, and progress towards higher level qualifications. Find out more here.