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Choosing Your Course

Choosing a college and a course is a big decision. The better informed you are, the more likely you are to make the right choice for you. This will greatly improve your chances of success at college.

  • Think about where you are now and where you would like to be in the future
  • Consider your interests - what you enjoy and what you're good at
  • Think about how you like to learn - for example, being in college for most of the week might not be for you and an Apprenticeship might suit you better
  • Check your entry requirements - a lot will depend on the qualifications and
    experience you already have 

Don't forget, GCSEs are being reformed and the grading scale will be changing over the next two years to a numerical system. In 2017, your Maths and English results will be numerical, so use the table below to see what you are expecting to achieve -

New Grading System











Current Grading System



B        C

D    E    F    G



Some courses may also require:

  • A reference from your school, including information about your attendance

  • A skills assessment, relevant to the subject area, for example a practical test

  • A literacy and numeracy assessment

Still confused? Check out the chart below to see what you could do

FC ChoosingYourCourse

 *Please note: this is a guide only as some courses may require specific entry criteria.

For further information please contact Advice and Guidance Team
on Tel: 0800 612 6008 or click here to ask us a question.


01252 71 69 88

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