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School Leavers16-18 Education

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Welcome

Welcome to Accrington & Rossendale College, a whole world of possibilities for your future. This is an important and exciting time for you, as you set off on the next stage of your learning journey and lay the foundations for your future career.

As a student at AccRoss we expect you to aim high and be the best you possibly can be. We believe that your time at college should be much more than just the course of study you choose. As well as gaining valuable qualifications, you will get an education that is firmly focussed on getting you the job you want. This may be through progression to Higher Education or directly into the employment market. We are dedicated to providing you with the best teachers and tutors, who all have impressive track records in their own industries, and who will work with you to ensure you achieve your goals.

Learning until you are 18

Raising of the participation age for school leavers

Young people will be staying in education or training until they are 18. This is known as Raising the Participation Age (RPA). There is a range of education or training options available. 

This applies to anyone who was born on or after 1st September 1996.

At 16 you can choose what, how and where you learn:

  • You can go onto a further education college.

  • You can stay on at school if it has a sixth form or transfer to a sixth form at another school. 

  • You can undertake an Apprenticeship through a training provider.

  • You can work or volunteer for more than 20 hours a week but you must also study towards a recognised qualification.

 

 

For more information on RPA visit the website below:

https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school

School Leavers

As well as choosing the subject area you want to study, you will also need to make important decision about the level and type of course which will be best for you.

Our courses are available at different levels, which mean you can start at whatever stage is right for you and progress to Higher Education or employment. The level you study at will depend on the GCSE grades you get next August.

Entry Level +

These courses are usually studied for one year full-time, or part-time if you are coming into college with no qualifications. You will be continually assessed and given individual guidance and support when you need it. Your ‘record of achievement’ will be updated and you will have the opportunity to gain other qualifications that interest you. If you need help or specialised equipment to enable you to study, we have tutors that can help. At the end of the course we will guide you to move on to a higher level course or to a job that’s right for you.

Level 1 +

Level 1 courses are usually studied for one year, to give you a strong foundation in your chosen subject area. You will usually study a Level 1 course if you leave school with mainly F and G grades, or if you choose to enter a specialised occupational area where you have no previous experience. You will also have the opportunity to develop the literacy and numeracy skills needed for your chosen career.

 

Level 2 +

Level 2 courses are usually studied for one year, to prepare you for advanced level study or for employment. You will usually study a Level 2 course if you leave school with mainly D and E grades, or if you choose to enter a specialised occupational area where you have no previous experience. You will also have the opportunity to develop the literacy and numeracy skills needed for your chosen career.

Level 3 +

Level 3 courses are advanced programmes of study which are usually studied for two years. They will prepare you for progression to higher education courses at university or for employment at a professional level. You will usually study a Level 3 course if you leave school with mainly A* – C grades (including English and Maths) or a merit grade in a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Level 4 & 5 +

These are higher education courses, which you could progress to after successfully completing your advanced level programme. You can progress to higher level courses in many subjects at accross College, or you may choose to move to another college or university which offers specialist programmes to prepare you for your chosen career.

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