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. 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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Do I have to pay for my course?
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and you are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free.
However, there may be some additional costs for personal kit/uniform depending on the course.
If you can prove that you meet one of the following you can apply for some help from the 16 to 18 Bursary towards the cost of meals, equipment, books and travel, providing:
- The level of your gross household income is under £32,000
- You are in care or are a “Care Leaver” then you will be eligible for a bursary of up to £1,200
- Young people in receipt of Income Support will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200
- You are the primary helper or carer for your family
- You are in receipt of free school meals in Year 11 in which case the College will provide a £2.41 daily meal allowance for redemption in the College’s catering outlets.
Young parents under 20 years of age on the date their study programme starts at Weston College in September 2016 will be entitled to FREE childcare at College through Care to Learn. If you are over 20 and eligible for Learner Support Funds, Weston College may be able to offer you a contribution for childcare support with Ofsted-registered childcare facilities.
Bursaries, funding and fees are all available so take a look at what you are entitled to.
How do I apply?
Applying for a course at Weston College is easy - you can apply online, or using an application found at the back of our full time prospectus or downloaded here.
Apply online today
Applying online is easy, and takes around 15 minutes. Start by finding the course you'd like to apply for using the course finder at the top right of this page. Next scroll down and press the 'APPLY NOW' button in the blue course information box (shown above).
Apply by post
If you'd prefer to apply on paper, download an application form or find one in the back of our full time prospectus, complete it and return it to:
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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.