Staying in Education – What are the Options?

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Whether your child is academically minded, more practical, or has a specific career in their sights, you’ll find a course to suit their needs here at Telford College.

It is now compulsory for all young people to stay in education or training until they are 18. 


This is the most popular academic route, where good grades can be a stepping stone to university or well-paid careers. You don’t have to choose between academic achievement and career success, because our £2.5 million 6th Form centre offers the best of both worlds. A standard 6th Form will focus solely on getting students to university having passed their A levels, but we take a more holistic view of our students, and want to help them achieve for life, not just for the two years they are here. Students can choose from around 25 A level subjects, or select specific combinations for a particular career pathway.


If there is a subject your son or daughter really enjoys, or a career they have their minds set on, a vocational course could be the perfect choice. On our vocational programmes, students will hone their employability skills in a certain trade or profession, get valuable work experience and involvement from employers, and still have the option to go on to university. They’ll learn in industry-standard training facilities with all the latest equipment and resources. Level 3 vocational programmes are equivalent to three A levels and are accepted by most UK universities.


T-Levels are 2-year courses equivalent to 3 A levels in UCAS points following on from GCSEs. They’ve been co-created by the industry you want to be a part of so you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to go into your desired career. If you have not already achieved grade 4 at GCSE for English and maths, you can attain these alongside a T-Level. You will undertake both a technical qualification and a minimum 315 hour (45 day) industry placement with a relevant employer.


Forget everything you might know about the old YTS schemes – today’s apprenticeships are no longer just a route to learning a trade. They offer dynamic learning in dozens of industries such as law, accounting, business, IT and more, with qualifications right up to degree level. It’s a chance to get straight into a career, earning a salary while also studying a qualification. You can study intermediate apprenticeships (equivalent to five GCSEs at grades 9-4), advanced apprenticeships (equivalent to A levels) or higher apprenticeships which incorporate university degree qualifications.