I am a School Leaver
Which course is for me?
Choosing whether you want to study A Levels, a vocational course, apply for an Apprenticeship or gain a Foundation qualification depends on many factors including what you want to be, how you like to work and your qualifications at GCSE level.
- A Levels allow you to choose 3 or 4 subjects, some of which you may have studied at school others you may not have
- A Vocational Course allows you to choose a particular area of interest and explore it in detail
- A Foundation Course allows you to learn the skills that will enable you to go on to further study
- An Apprenticeship combines a work placement with a qualification in a particular area of interest
You will choose a minimum of three subjects to study in your first year. A Levels will include exams which will determine your final grade.
If you have a career in mind and aren’t sure which subjects you need to take to achieve this, we can advise you at open events, or if you attend a partner school, you can speak to one of the members of the Schools Liaison Team at any of the assemblies, classes or parents evenings we attend.
If you choose a vocational course, you will study that area full-time for either one or two years, depending on the level you apply for. The final grade will be based based on assessments throughout your course.
Our Foundation courses give extra support to students whilst they experience college life, having the chance to try out vocational options, fun activities and time to make an informed decision about which pathway to choose for progression.
If you would like to get straight into the workplace and gain experience whilst working towards a qualification, an Apprenticeship could be for you. We offer Apprenticeships in areas such as catering, childcare, hair and beauty, retail and business.