Choosing your course

College is more than just a course, it’s your next step to success! Whether you’re an aspiring graphic designer, care assistant, tree surgeon or personal trainer to name a few ideas, Shipley College can help you get there! We understand that everyone learns differently, so to help you decide what’s right for you, read on...

BTEC Study Programme

Choosing a BTEC course can open doors to university, an apprenticeship or the first step in your chosen career.

We offer full-time courses from Entry Level to Level 3.

What you need to know:
• You will be a full-time student, studying for approximately 16 hours a week at our campus in Saltaire.
• You have the opportunity to get experience of work both in the College and through external work placements.
• You gain the knowledge, understanding, and skills to prepare you for further study, training or employment.

Please note: Level 3 BTEC grades are equivalent to A Levels, which means you can earn UCAS points which support entry to university.


Work, learn and achieve your qualification whilst gaining invaluable work and industry experience. You could follow in the footsteps of over 84% of our apprentices who have moved in to full-time employment.

We offer apprenticeships at Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3).

What you need to know:
• Anyone aged 16+ can apply for an apprenticeship.
• You are employed full-time and paid directly by a company whilst studying your qualification.
• Most apprentices will be in work for 4 days plus 1 day at College each week.
• Your apprenticeship can take between one and two years to complete.
• The minimum salary is currently £3.70 per hour, however, many employers pay more.
• An Advanced (Level 3) apprenticeship is equivalent to 2-3 A Levels which can lead to, or be an alternative to, university.


The alternative route into employment

Are you aged 16-24* but still not sure what is right for you? We know it is not always easy to find the right role for you, especially when you have little or no work experience and few qualifications. Traineeships help bridge the gap between the skills that you have and those that employers need.

*Also available if you are aged 19 - 25 and subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) issued by your home local authority, you can also apply.

For more information see our Traineeships page.

Still not sure?

Think about what subjects you enjoy, your interest and what inspires you. Where would you like college to take you – a job or university? Talk to careers advisors, friends and family too.

You can also:
Contact our Student Services Team
• Take a look at our School Leavers Guide 2019-20 for some ideas
• Read about the courses we offer, or
• Come to one of our Events and speak to our friendly tutors.


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