Which course is right for you?

We know that choosing the right programme to study is an important decision. It can lead to another programme, higher education or employment, which is why only you can decide. But once you have, we'll be here every step of the way to help you reach your potential.

Questions to think about when choosing your programme:
  • What type of career would you like to start?
  • What qualifications and experience do you already have?
  • What are you interested in, and what do you enjoy studying?

Our programmes offer different styles of learning, so we encourage you to think about what setting you learn the most from as well as what you’d like to do after college:

A Levels
  • Option to study three or four different subjects in depth
  • Mostly classroom based
  • Career options are kept open
  • Can lead to university
  • Combine study with paid work – you earn and learn
  • Trains you for a specific profession
  • Broad choice of programmes available
  • Can study up to degree level
Vocational Programmes
  • Emphasis on practical skills in a specific profession
  • Assessments are usually through work-related assignments
  • Lots of hands-on work using industry standard facilities
  • Level 3 qualifications can lead to university

Which Level is right for my GCSE grades?

Qualifications you have or are working towards
Suggested course level
Qualifications could include
 At least five GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above
A Levels
 GCSEs at grade D/grade 3 or abouve
 2 Certificates
 GCSEs at grade E-G/grade 2-1 or above
 1 Certificates
 No formal qualifications
 Entry Level

Be your best!

We offer a wide range of programmes at different levels, each with minimum entry requirements.

When taking your GCSEs you should always aim to get the highest grades you’re capable of achieving. This will make the transition to college easier, as well as better preparing you for a higher level programme when you get there. For example, if you achieve higher results than were predicted, you might be transferred to a more advanced programme and complete your studies sooner.

Which subject is for me?

Our online Career Coach package is designed to help you plan your education and career options. Start mapping out your career with Career Coach, where you can:
  • Discover what careers each programme could lead to
  • See what the wages for thousands of different jobs are
  • Look at which industries are predicted to need more people working for them

We also recommend that you:

View our courses
to see full programme information, including the topics you’ll be learning

Come to an Open Event
and ask us questions, see our facilities and discover what it’s like to study here

Contact us
by phone (01252 407040), email, or facebook with any questions you might have

Speak to others
including your tutor, careers adviser and family about your choices