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Whatever programme you decide on, the College recognises the importance of developing your English and Maths skills and gaining further qualifications in these subjects. All full-time students will be required to study GCSEs in English and Maths if you so do not already hold a C grade.
We also welcome applications for our full-time programmes from those who have left school, even if it was some time ago!
We offer a wide range of full-time, work related qualifications suitable for students of all abilities – whether you want to prepare for a job or go on to university. These courses can all be found right here on our website, or in our full-time prospectus.
Our enrichment programme offers hundreds of different activities to help you develop those essential skills employers and universities are looking for. Find out more.
We are constantly improving and developing our services to ensure that you receive the best education and training opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals. Our qualified and industry experienced staff are here to help you succeed.
Changes to GCSE grades
The government has introduced a new numerical grading system for GCSEs that will replace the current system of grades A* - U. Grade 4 is equivalent to a low grade C and grade 5 a high C. Grade 4 will continue to be a level 2 achievement and will not require students to re-sit. It is however best to check the entry requirements for each course as there may be some variations.
As a general rule this will apply:
|LEVEL OF COURSE||ENTRY CRITERIA GRADES|
|Level 3||4-5 GCSES A*-C or grades 9 - 4|
|Level 2||2-3 GCSES or more at grade D or grade 3|
|Level 1||1-2 GCSES or more at grade E or grades 3 - 1|
This document explains the new grading in more detail. The Department for Education has produced this handy parent guide to GCSE grades. This will start with only English and maths GCSEs taken in 2017. The new grading structure will be applied to other GCSE subjects in 2018 and 2019.
Not sure which course is right for you? Why not book onto one of our taster events and experience a typical lesson for yourself? Or you can arrange to come in for a tour of the College or attend an Advice Event.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet the tutors, ask questions and find out about the higher education or job opportunities the course can lead to. For more information, please see our Events pages.
My course is good fun, the facilities here are great and I really enjoy the practical aspect of the course. The College workshop is just like the real garage I work at the weekends and the experience I’ve gained at College has really helped me with that. I came to this college because I had heard good things about the course and the facilities, this is definitely the most appealing college for me. Even though the subject might be seen by some as for men, I’ve enjoyed proving people wrong.