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.
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 www.direct.gov.uk
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.
- 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?
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