Finding the right course for you

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, software developer or personal trainer, we can help you get there! We understand that everyone learns differently, so we have put together some information to help you decide what’s right for you.


A Full-time Study Programme

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.

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

T Levels - The Next Level of Study

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.

Apprenticeships

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. We offer apprenticeships from level 2 to 5.

What you need to know

•  Available to anyone aged 16+ and requires no previous experience

• The employer sets the entry requirements

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

•  Anywhere between one and three years to complete

•  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.

Traineeships

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, 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.

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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