Courses for 16 to 18-year-olds
Choosing what to do after spending years studying in school can seem like a daunting prospect…
Luckily, at Weston College we have hundreds of courses to choose from across a wide range of subjects, teaching methods and levels. With us, you’ll find the course that’s suitable for you, regardless of how your GCSEs went.
Every year over 3,500 young people just like you enrol on a Weston College course and many of them go on to achieve beyond their expectations. This is because Weston College is an exciting, unique and engaging place to study, and our results speak for themselves…
We’re one of the top 20 colleges in the country in terms of student satisfaction, we’ve held the title of ‘College of the Year’, and we’re the only further education college in the West of England to be awarded Ofsted’s ‘outstanding’ rating. We've received royal recognition for our teaching, including the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. This means that when you choose Weston College, you can be assured that you will receive an exceptional level of teaching and support to help you succeed.
With Weston College you’ll have the freedom to choose a subject that interests you, and learn in the way that suits you the best. Many of our courses offer the option of classroom-based study, hands-on practical learning, or on-the-job training where you earn while you learn. Click here to find out the best way to choose the right course for you.
The course that you choose fits into an individualised ‘study programme’ which will help you develop your abilities in a number of skills that employers and universities have told us they are looking for in their ideal candidates. Our aim is to prepare you for your next step, whatever that is, and our award winning careers advice and guidance team will help you progress towards your career or educational goal.
If you need any additional learning support, don’t worry. Over 1,000 students across the College access our award-winning support services and we are well-qualified to provide specialist support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
On top of the excellent teaching, support, facilities and resources, Weston College offers an experience like no other. Click here to find out some of the many bonuses you’ll be able to take advantage of when you start your studies with us.
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Why choose us
What happens if I do not get the required grades for the course I have been accepted on?
Don’t worry, we will talk to you and offer you an alternative lower level course.
Can I progress to university after my course?
Upon successful achievement of Level 3 qualification you will be able to progress to university or apply for a degree-level course at Weston College. Each university and course sets entry requirements, which means you will need particular grades to be offered a place. It is important to check this early on so that you can work towards your target grades throughout your two-year course.
What happens if I haven't got my Maths and English GCSE?
You will be offered an opportunity to re-sit your Maths, English or Science GCSEs, should you require them for your future prospects. We also offer students the opportunity to take Functional Skills which are accepted by employers and some universities.
How many days per week and hours will I be expected to attend?
For a typical full-time course, you will be required to attend for approximately three full days per week and will be in College for taught sessions for approximately 15 to 18 hours per week.
I want to go straight into employment - is this possible?
If you want to dive straight into employment and gain a qualification, we offer 50 apprenticeships. To find a job role suited to you, please view the apprenticeships we offer.
I want to gain skills to improve my job prospects - what options are available?
If you have a clear view of the type of employment you wish to pursue, we have a range of vocational courses available including diplomas, NVQs and VRQs. These courses will provide you with the skills employers are looking for.
If I combine my A Levels with a Diploma, can I still get into University?
You can combine A Levels with a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma - which is recognised as an entrance to degree courses by most universities.
How to apply
We are excited that you are thinking of joining us, and that we can help you to create your brighter future.
The quickest and easiest way to apply is right here on our website. You'll find full course details, photos and videos as well as student testimonials on our subject area pages. Start your journey by using the course finder further up this page!
If you don't want to apply online simple fill out a paper application found in the back of our prospectus and return it to any campus reception.