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 predicated grades and discuss the qualification that would be right for you.
AS & A-LEVELS
If you are planning to go to university, but want to keep your career options open, A-Levels would be a good choice for you. You’ll have the opportunity to study the subjects you choose in greater depth through academic and private study, and most of your assessment will be through exams.
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. The new BTEC diplomas are defined by the Qualifications and Credit Framework. You will see throughout this prospectus various vocational options.
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 call us on 01628 824444.
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.