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News: Currently in year 11? We explain some popular post-16 options

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If you’re in year 11 you are probably thinking about what you want to do when you leave school. There is an array of choice out there, ranging from A Levels and apprenticeships to vocational (work-related) courses in a huge variety of subject areas. We outline some of the options below.

At Nottingham College we have the widest range of courses for school leavers in the region! It’s not too late to apply for this September - whatever you want to do, we have a place for you.

A Levels


A Levels are a great way to prepare for university-level study.

If you decide to study A Levels at Nottingham College, you’ll be doing so in our dedicated High Pavement Sixth Form. We offer over 20 subjects and are located right next to Nottingham Trent University’s City campus.

If you choose one of our fantastic creative A Levels such as Art and Design or Photography, you’ll be able to take advantage of our industry standard facilities such as studios and workshops too.

Vocational Courses

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You can study different levels of Vocational courses, and a Level 3 is equivalent to two or three A Levels. Because of the more technical and applied learning involved in a vocational course, it is a perfect stepping stone into a job or career.

We have full time Vocational courses in over 20 subject areas, great links with employers and boast specialist facilities and resources. These include labs, studios, workshops, garages, kitchens, and more to help you get the training you need.

Take a look at our make-up students showing off their fantastic skills during lockdown!


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Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for you to earn a salary while you gain a qualification at the same time.

We are still recruiting and advertising apprenticeship vacancies. We update these regularly so remember to check back frequently.

Re-sitting your GCSEs

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If results day comes around and you don’t receive the GCSE results you had hoped for, or you need certain grades to move onto a course or chosen career path then there is the option to re-sit them.

Dependent on personal circumstances there may also the option to re-sit a GCSE subject alongside your chosen post-16 course.

Join us this September

Times may be uncertain at the moment but a college place for September doesn’t need to be. Apply online and you’ll receive a conditional offer* to join us this September!

* We reserve the right to withdraw an offer based on the ground of safeguarding and/or the disclosure of a criminal record.

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  • 30th June 2020 (2:40 PM)
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