Courses for 16 to 18-year-olds


With hundreds of unique, exciting and inspiring programmes to choose from, everything you need to create your brighter future is waiting for you at Weston College.

From the minute you walk through the door, the experience and the environment that we create is all about maximising your potential. It’s about preparing and motivating you for a fresh and focused career pathway.

Every Weston College student becomes part of one of our exciting new Career Excellence Hubs. This means you will take part in a study programme with lots of career boosting benefits, all with the aim of help you to go further, giving you the opportunity to become career ready with the skills, knowledge and expertise you need to be successful in your next step and reach your ultimate goal - whatever that may be!

Whether you are looking for the next step after school or the next step in your career, we're bound to have a programme for you. Take a look below at the different types of qualifications available for school leavers and young people between 16 and 18 years old.

Did you know we also run English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)?

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Qualifications Explained

At Weston College we know that everyone learns differently. That’s why we deliver a variety of different qualification types - to give you the chance to learn in the way that suits you the most.

A Levels

A Levels develop the knowledge, skills and study habits to excel at university, as well as the attributes recognised by employers. Your academic studies will be complemented with enrichment opportunities such as trips, mentoring and work experience, providing the perfect springboard for your future career. A Levels are assessed through exams at the end of two years of study. Most learners study three subjects - some choose four.


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With an apprenticeship you’ll go straight into the workplace and be shown clear routes to progress straight into employment within a specific occupation. You can achieve nationally recognised qualifications, earn a wage, and gain skills that will see you get ahead. On average you will spend 20% of your learning time in the college and 80% within the workplace..


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Professional and Technical Qualifications

Professional and technical qualifications are designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to gain employment within specific industries or occupations. They provide a balance between theory and practical skills development. They are suited to those who want to get hands-on experience within a particular vocational area. These programmes include work placements. Assessment is more varied and will include exams, coursework and practical work.


Traineeships are a great way for 16 to 24-year-olds who haven’t yet gained the skills and experiences necessary to apply for jobs and apprenticeships. They are taught mostly in the workplace and include a mixture of personal and social development, and employability skills. The aim of a traineeship is to train you within a company so that you are more likely to be offered an apprenticeship or a job.


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T Levels give you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies. T Levels have been designed with leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need, including a minimum of 45 days on an industry placement – this means you will spend 80% of your learning time in College and 20% within the workplace.


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We are all about CAREERS NOT COURSES and pride ourselves on being able to offer a huge range of programmes to ensure you develop the skills and knowledge employers and universities are looking for. As the only education provider in North Somerset that enables you to work your way up from an entrylevel programme to a degree, we’re here to help you choose the right programme for you.

We can help you choose your study programme or apprenticeship by accessing the following support:

School Liaison Team

Working with local schools we help you find out about college life and programmes of study, and we provide you with advice and guidance about what programmes will best suit you. We will either visit your school, attend careers fairs and parents’ evenings or coordinate campus and virtual events such as our taster days, holiday workshops and tours.


We put on a number of events over the year, which will be a mixture of face-to-face and virtual events. These provide you and your family with the opportunity to explore our facilities, speak to our lecturers, find out about the support on offer and choose the right programme for you. Our events also give you the opportunity to engage with a number of employers to find out about careers in their industry and why they value the calibre of candidates that come from Weston College.


  • On our website you can access a wealth of career guidance, such as:
  •  All the programmes you can study.
  • What our alumni have gone on to achieve.
  • Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) that will help explain what relevant careers and jobs are available, including salaries.
  • NEW – Subject careers roadmaps, so you can map your journey with us and ensure it will get you into your chosen career. Also, check out Career Coach - this provides you with the opportunity to:
  • Take an assessment that matches you with careers.
  • Explore broad career pathways that match your strengths and interests.
  • Compare careers within a pathway - including salaries, required education and more.
  • Explore our programmes that will set you on the path to your desired career.
  • Take a career assessment - and receive an in-depth report that can help you identify the best programme and career path for you!

We’re here and happy to help – if you would like more advice and guidance, contact our school liaison team by emailing - they you can arrange a one-to-one careers appointment with our specialist staff.


Marias Fashion Designs

<p>Hey! I'm Maria, and I have recently completed my <a href="…, Business &amp; Retail UAL Extended Diploma</strong></a> at Weston College - and I'm here to tell you all about my experience!</p><p>When I was younger, I would always play dress up with my princess dresses and heels. This love for dress up grew up with me and when I got older I would use my mum’s wardrobe to dress up with proper clothes and accessories. I was inspired to start doing fashion in art GCSE and taught myself the basic skills. After GCSE I wanted to continue with fashion, and this was the perfect course for me.</p><p>Originally, I was going to do A levels, but I wanted to do a fashion specific course and during my search on Google I came across this course at Weston College.</p><p>The first project I did was my work experience. We had a live project working with the Lauriston Hotel and our task was to design a new uniform for their employees. This was my first experience with working with a client and I really enjoyed it. We went to the hotel to interview the manager about what they wanted in a uniform and took pictures of the hotel as primary research. The designing for this project was challenging because it couldn’t be too extravagant as it had to be functional. I had lots of fun adding small but creative elements to my designs to make them unique!</p><p>Pattern cutting is by far the most interesting thing I’ve learnt to do! Learning how to turn my ideas into garments and how to put design elements (like pleats) into a pattern is so much fun. I really enjoy the process of creating the pattern and toiling it to see if it’s correct because there’s lots of problem solving. I had to toil my corset so many times to get the perfect fit and look, and it took lots of little tweaks to the pattern to achieve this. Nothing feels better than when you finally make the pattern perfect!</p><p>The facilities and equipment at Weston College are AMAZING!!!!! There are so many facilities that accommodate for different materials and processes. In the 3D workshop you can use metal to make a cage for your garments, in ceramics you can use clay and porcelain to make beads or jewellery and in the print room you can print your own design onto fabric. You’re not restricted to using just fabric, you can use anything to create your garments. For the accessories project I made a porcelain shoulder piece that attached to a sleeve as my final outcome!</p><p>The process of pattern cutting, toiling and creating the final garment is quite long and this completely surprised me in my final project. I intended to make more than one garment but finished with just the one. This was a huge learning curve for me as it showed me how long I needed to leave for this process. It was also the start of my journey with becoming comfortable with making mistakes. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I didn’t respond well to mistakes at the beginning of the year; however this course has taught me how to respond better and what to do with these mistakes.</p><p>I displayed my final project work at the Summer Show, and I was given a space that I could decorate with my work. It was really exciting to have your own space filled with your work for others to look at!</p><p>After college I hope to go to university to study fashion design. If you want to go into fashion after college I would 100% recommend taking this course! As well as fashion skills, you also gain personal skills like problem solving and mental resilience which are important.</p><p>Below are the outcomes of my final major project! Thank you for reading!</p><drupal-entity alt="Marias Design" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="85efbe71-22ca-44cb-952e-8095ed75f846" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="{&quot;image_style&quot;:&quot;max_500x500&quot;,&quot;image_link&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;image_loading&quot;:{&quot;attribute&quot;:&quot;lazy&quot;}}">&nbsp;</drupal-entity><drupal-entity alt="Marias Design" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="33b8ec45-b9a2-4f8f-98fc-e6204b94322f" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="{&quot;image_style&quot;:&quot;max_500x500&quot;,&quot;image_link&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;image_loading&quot;:{&quot;attribute&quot;:&quot;lazy&quot;}}">&nbsp;</drupal-entity><p>&nbsp;</p>

Bristol Port Company

<p>There has been great success this year for our Engineering <a href="… Level</a> Learners who have all completed their Industry Placements! Our employers are essential to the development of our learners, and we are extremely grateful for their help in driving the future workforce within the engineering world.</p><p>The industry placements have led to some learners being offered apprenticeships and employment opportunities, massively helping learners with the transition into working life following their studies.</p><p>Here is what Rotamec’s Paul Korb - Health and Safety, Compliance and Sustainability Manager had to say about taking on Industry Placement learners:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>“The placement not only benefits the student during their experience with us, but it further allows the business to assess and find the ideal candidate who wishes to pursue a career in our industry. It allows us to ‘try before we buy’ and we will offer an apprenticeship at the completion of their course.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Not only does this benefit the business, but it also allows the student to sample our business and decide if this is a career path they wish to pursue.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Every student that attends our business, could be the future engineer for our industry. They could also be the next supervisor, foreman, or manager. If the student has the attitude for the job, we will assist the student to develop their skills and development. The students assist with the day to day running of the business and has really had a positive impact.”</strong></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A big thank you to all of the following employers for providing our engineering learners with placements and giving them the invaluable experience of working in industry:</p><p><a href=""><strong>Rotamec</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>CFMS</strong></a></p><p><a href="… href=""><strong>Dans Engineering</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>MSeis</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Dirt Driver</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Syscon</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><st… Mapps</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Starling Cycles</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Suez</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Sigma Aluminium</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Nickell-Electro</strong></a></p><p… href=""><strong>Will Haley Engineering</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Bristol Port Company</strong></a></p><p><strong>AIM</strong></p><p><strong>Plant Ex Machinery</strong></p><p><strong>RJ MotorSPorts</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>If you would like to enquire about hosting a work placement student within your workplace, please contact <strong></strong>.</p>


<p>Last week saw Weston College and UCW's Creative Arts Summer Show - a vibrant event that showcased the creativity and talent of our learners! This event proved to be a fantastic outing, featuring live music, artwork, fashion, film, and delicious locally sourced food and drinks – demonstrating the artistic spirit and youthful energy of our Creative Arts learners.</p><p>The opening night featured a silent disco, live music performances, and food vendors, setting a vibrant tone for the days to follow!</p><p>Thursday continued the festivities with the same excitement as the opening night, enhanced by a radio masterclass, a music video showcase, and a Candar radio interview.</p><p>Friday, the longest day of the event, featured a media documentary showcase, another radio masterclass, a media short film showcase, community classes in ceramics and print, an LGBTQ+ prom, a pride silent disco and live music, along with the ever-popular food vendors.</p><p>Finally, Saturday wrapped up the event with professional industry talks at the Bristol Old Vic by Faye Elvin, who provided invaluable insights into preparing for drama school auditions and navigating the industry as a new graduate.</p><p>We received lots of positive feedback from learners, including Finn who expressed that he found the experience fun and was particularly pleased to see Shungite perform.</p><p>Dan said he revelled in the nice weather and festival vibes and enjoyed seeing Degree perform at the pavilion!</p><p>Festival goer Josh said that he and his family had a wonderful time at the event on Saturday, and he is looking forward to returning next year!</p><p>The summer show offered a unique opportunity to immerse in the dynamic arts scene of Weston College and UCW and support the next generation of creative professionals. Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating the incredible talents of our learners!</p>

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