Course Overview

The college route offers your child a variety of paths for their future. And helping them to understand those avenues needn't be a mystery.

Here we look to help you follow what the different course varieties mean for your youngsters future.

 A Levels

A LevelStudents choose up to four A Levels from the 19 we offer. The majority of study is classroom based, with reading, research and essay writing completed as homework. A Levels are two-year, full-time study programmes with exams at the end of each year. After A Levels your youngster can choose to study at university or go straight into work.

BTECs and City & Guilds (C&G)

BTECs and C&G courses are perfect for learning practical skills. They prepare the student for a career in a specific industry and give a well-recognised qualification - often without the need for formal exams. Students study over one or two years in one of the 21 BTEC and C&G subjects we offer. Students start at the level best suited to their GCSE results. After BTECs or C&Gs your youngster can also choose to study at university or go straight into work.

Mix & Match

Mix and MatchDid you know many of our BTEC courses can be mixed and matched with an A Level - giving your youngster the best of both worlds; providing an option that just doesn't exist in sixth form.

Look out for this logo in our Full-time Prospectus.

Visit our School Leavers section to find out what courses we offer. You can also find a printable version of our Guide for parents.


ApprenticeshipsApprenticeships are more popular than ever. They provide students with on-the-job training with real employers. They teach them transferable knowledge and skills whilst studying towards work-based qualifications. All whilst earning money. Apprenticeships provide many prospects with a choice to continue working, aim for promotions or even go on to higher education in college or university.

Visit our Apprentices section or call 01344 766678 for further information about Apprenticeships.

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