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Choosing the right programme of study to suit your individual needs is important, as this will give you the best chance to succeed and reach your full potential.

Take a look at the different course options available and things to consider when choosing your programme of study.

A Levels

A Levels have an academic approach to subjects and are primarily assessed by written exams. Students are advised to take 3 A Level subjects.

Vocational Courses

These courses have a contextual approach to learning and are primarily assessed through assignments and coursework. You should only should choose one Vocational/Technical course.

T Levels

T Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and a significant industry placement to provide a real experience of the workplace. You should only choose one T Level course.

Apprenticeship Programmes

These provide a mixture of on and off-the-job training whilst being paid. You should only choose one Apprenticeship course.

How to choose the right programme of study

Plan to your strengths

You should choose subjects you think you will enjoy and do well at. If choosing A Levels, don’t be too worried about ‘odd-looking’ combinations of subjects if those are the subjects which will give the best grades.

Don’t just look at what to study

You should also look closely at how you will study a subject, e.g. does it involve group work, or discussion and debate? Also, how it is assessed, e.g. will you have to write long essays, produce coursework or do a lot of calculations?

Do you know what you want to do next?

If so, there may be some subjects you have to do. You can check the entry requirements for degree courses using the search facility on UCAS. ( Be careful, as if you find you are going to need to study a subject you don’t enjoy, you may need to reconsider your ambition.

Consider alternatives

The College has a very wide range of courses at all levels. Many Level 3 (A Level equivalent) Vocational courses provide an excellent route to university, as well as to employment. We are also the largest local provider of apprenticeships, so you should look at all options and play to your strengths.