Education + Skills = Success


Why choose going to college?

Are these some of the things you are looking for?

  • Vibrant student community
  • Freedom of college life
  • Courses focusing on helping you to gain practical skills, knowledge and experience employers are looking for. 
  • Many staff will have been experts from the industry you are interested in.
  • Good facilities
  • Additional Learning Support services to meet your individual needs

So if a hands-on approach to learning suits you best, colleges can offer a full range of vocational courses that can get you to university or help you to get the job you want.

Your options

The main things you need to think about are:

  • What you want to study – there are lots of different subjects, courses and ways of learning to choose from.
  • Where you want to study – large college or a smaller one, local college or one you need to travel to.


What can I study?

  • General qualifications can prepare you for a range of different careers, rather than focusing on one specific job. They include Level 3 qualifications like A levels, and Level 2 qualifications like GCSE’s. They can be in subjects like maths, English, science, as well as practical courses like computing, photography.
  • Vocational qualifications can give you the skills needed for a broad area of work or train you for a specific job. These courses are usually practical and include courses like BTEC, City & Guilds and NVQ and are from Entry level to Level 8.
  • Foundation learning programmes are aimed at gaining qualifications and skills to then help you move onto other courses, apprenticeships or work. The programmes start at entry level and you can then progress to Level 1.


You can find out more about all types of qualifications by going to


How do I choose a course?

To help you decide think about:

  • Which subjects you would enjoy and be good at.
  • Whether you need a particular subject or qualification for your career ideas or future learning plans.


Where would I study?

There are several colleges in the region. They vary in size and in the courses they offer, so you’ll need to think about the type of place where you would like to study.

Some colleges specialise in certain career areas e.g. University College Birmingham is best known for courses in hospitality and catering, leisure, travel and tourism.RodbastonCollegeis best known for land-based courses like horticulture, animal care, but also offers construction courses.


Ask yourself:

  • Which colleges offer the courses and subjects I am interested in?
  • Would I feel happier in a large college or a smaller one?
  • Will I need to travel to do the course I am interested in?


Find out more…..

  • Visit college websites and download or order a prospectus/brochure.
  • Go to the college open day and ask about courses and facilities.


Some ideas about what questions to ask:

  • What qualifications do I need to get on the course?
  • What qualifications can I achieve on the course?
  • What will I study on the course and how will I be taught?
  • Is it classroom-based?
  • Are there work placements?
  • Exams? Coursework?
  • What facilities are there?
  • How many students started courses last year and how many completed them?
  • What grades did they get?
  • What did past students go on to do next?

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Matthew Boulton College

Sutton Coldfield Campus

James Watt Campus

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› Jennens Road


B4 7PS

› Lichfield Road

Sutton Coldfield

B74 2NW

› Aldridge Road

Great Barr

B44 8NE



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Apprenticeships: 0121 362 1125                           email: 



Longbridge Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2AJ


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Downland Close, Kings Norton, Birmingham B38 8QT

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Open Day: Saturday, November 3rd 2012

Open Evening: Wednesday, February 6th 2013 (6pm – 8pm)




The Broadway, Dudley DY1 4AS

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                                      Apprenticeship opportunities; arranging a college tour





Belgrave Road, Highgate, Birmingham B12 9FF


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Open Day: Saturday, November 10th 2012 ( – 12 Noon)



Spon Lane, Smethwick, West Bromwich B70 6AW


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Hagley Road Centre, Hagley Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1QU

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Open Days: Thursday October 11th, Saturday, October 13th 2012

Saturday, January 26th 2013


South and City College, Deritend, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SU

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Summer Row, Birmingham B3 1JB


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Open Days: Saturday, November 10th (11am – 3pm)

 Saturday, January 19th 2013, Saturday, March 16th 2013,

Saturday, November 9th 2013



Wisemore Campus, Littleton Street West, Walsall WS2 8ES

Green Lane Campus, Long Acre street, Walsall WS2 8HX (Construction)

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