Courses Explained

Study for approximately 16 hours per week at our campus in Saltaire. Full-time courses take a practical approach to studying, with a  combination of coursework, assessed units and exams. Work can include building a portfolio, practical tasks and presentations, as well as the chance to gain hands-on experience through placements. All of these elements, plus PSHE study, will form part of your final grade.

Additional English & maths: If you do not achieve GCSE grade 4 or above in English & maths, you will have the chance to continue to study these alongside some of our full-time courses. If you enrol on a Level 3 course and have already achieved GCSE grade 4 or above in English or maths, you will have the opportunity to complete AS English Language or Core Maths.

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

T Levels are a 2-year qualification that can help launch your career working with employers from the very start of the course. You spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% doing practical learning through industry placements over 45-60 days. The qualification has been designed with leading employers such as BBC, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Royal Society of Chemistry. T Levels are equivalent to 3 A Levels, which means you can earn UCAS points to support entry to university.

Available to anyone 16+ and requiring no experience, an apprenticeship is a job with training. You will gain hands-on experience, earn a wage and get a head start towards your chosen career. They can take 1 to 3 years to complete and we offer apprenticeships from Level 2 to 5.

What you need to know:

• The employer sets the entry requirements

•  Usually 4 days a week with your employer and one day a week studying with College

•  You will study English & maths alongside your apprenticeship if you do not already have them

•  The Government sets the minimum salary, however many employers pay significantly more, depending on the role.

•  Level 3 Apprenticeships are equivalent to 2-3 A Levels which can lead to, or be an alternative to university

Successful completion of an apprenticeship will involve passing an End Point Assessment, and the completion of a portfolio of evidence, a series of practical assessment tests and a professional discussion.


Still unsure?

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
• Read about the courses we offer, or
• Come to one of our Events and speak to our friendly tutors.



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