The Programme of Study

We offer four key study routes for your son or daughter at Telford College.

On each of these pathways, they will learn to harness their strengths, become more independent, and gain the foundations required to succeed in a career they love.

Whether your son or daughter is highly academic, or more of a hands-on practical learner, they will be able to achieve their ambitions with us through one of these routes:


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 Sixth Form centre offers the best of both worlds. A standard 6th Form will focus solely on getting you to university having passed your 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.


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.


These are focused on providing a short-term work placement and supporting young people with their confidence and employability skills. Traineeships can be perfect for those who perhaps didn’t do so well in their GCSEs and need help with getting themselves career-ready. Students who successfully complete a work placement on a traineeship could then progress onto an apprenticeship or full-time course.