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16-18 Year Olds


Are you thinking about your next steps after year 11? Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College there are over 200 courses to choose from for your post 16 education, all of which lead thousands of students onto successful careers and university places every year.

College is an exciting step in any young person’s life. It is the beginning of a new chapter and a time to study a subject you really enjoy. Whatever your interests, your goals and your background, if you’re passionate about your future, there’s a place for you here with us.

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Vocational courses are a great way of gaining a qualification if you prefer a practical, hands-on approach to learning. They are perfect if you are looking to develop skills employers are looking for, so you have the option to go straight into employment, or progress onto university or an apprenticeship.

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T Levels

A new choice - T Levels are a brand-new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want. These two year courses follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels, combining academic classroom-based learning with an industry placement. They provide a good alternative to A Levels or BTEC and vocational courses.

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Apprenticeships allow you to work and study at the same time. You will combine practical training in your workplace with studying at college so that you can earn while you learn. We like to call it the best of both worlds!

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Higher Education

Are you thinking about what to do when you finish your level 3 course? Consider staying with us! We offer a large range of higher education courses and professional qualifications designed to help you progress to your chosen career.

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How to apply

  • Search for a course via the search option or via the subject area pages.
  • Click on the course of your choice and apply.
  • You will then be asked to create a college account.
  • It will be the applications portal that we will use to communicate with you and invite you to a course discussion evening and college events.
  • If you can't decide on which course to study, we would recommend applying for multiple courses to keep your options open and you only have to formally decide on GCSE Results Day in August 2023.
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Are you aged 17?

Have you spent a year at another college or had a change of heart on your course? We welcome applications from 17 year olds and would love to hear from you. Take your first step towards a fresh start and apply today.

Are you in year 10?

If you are already thinking about your next steps after high school, you can register your interest to study at the college now and receive exclusive early access to events, competitions, and news!

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All 16-18 year old students follow a dedicated study programme to suit your needs, interests and career goals. Alongside your core subject, this consists of:

    English & Maths

    If you do not achieve a grade 4 or above in your GCSE English and/or maths at school, our specialist tutors will help you achieve these essential qualifications here at college.

    In adherence with government legislation, students who do not have a grade 4 in GCSE English and/or maths will be allocated slots in their weekly timetable to study for these alongside their core subject.

    These essential qualifications really open up so many more opportunities for you in further education and employment.

    GCSE English

    GCSE English is assessed with two exams at the end of the year.

    The two exams consist of:

    Paper 1: 20th century reading and creative writing

    Paper 2: 19th and 21st century non-fiction reading and transactional/ persuasive writing

    Both exams assess reading and writing skills.

    GCSE Maths

    GCSE Maths is assessed with three exams at the end of the year.

    Paper 1: Non-calculator

    Paper 2: Calculator

    Paper 3: Calculator

    Modules covered include: number, ratio, proportion and rates of change, algebra, geometry and measures, probability and statistics.

    Functional skills

    Functional Skills is an alternative to GCSE English and maths.

    Functional Skills English

    The course focuses on the functional elements of reading, writing, speaking and listening. It prepares you for the world of work, exploring transactional writing, reading for purpose and information, and communicating effectively with others.

    Functional Skills Maths

    The studies concentrate on the functional elements of number, shape and space and data handling. The course really helps prepare you for work and the mathematical tasks you’re likely to face, including things like budgeting and problem solving.

    Industry placement

    We are passionate about making sure you are industry ready when you leave us.

    As a student at Warrington & Vale Royal College, industry experience is an important part of your studies and will help you stand out from the crowd when you are applying for university, an apprenticeship or a job.

    Therefore, you won’t just spend your time in the classroom; you will be given the opportunity to work alongside high-profile employers, gaining valuable work experience. This is a brilliant way to experience industry first-hand, and some students have even secured jobs through their work placements.

    All of our students are expected to complete an industry placement, which can range from one day per week to a one week block or even longer.

    We have a dedicated Industry Placement Team on hand to help you when it comes to finding an employer or organising your placement.


    Our tutorial programme for 16-18 year olds is called ASPIRE.

    Each week you will have group tutorials and regular 1:1s with your Progress Coach.

    Our ASPIRE programme is career and destination-focused, helping to prepare you for future success in your chosen subject. The programme will allow you to take part in valuable career workshops during your tutorial lessons.

    At college we are committed to providing high quality personal and social development for all our students. Through the ASPIRE programme, you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to prepare you for future life and work. You will also be offered a ‘career led’ curriculum which responds to local economic and labour market intelligence and community needs:

      • A bespoke careers programme relevant to the subject you are studying and the level of study
      • Equipping you with the skills needed for your next steps in life, work and well-being
      • Topics that cover current local and national issues
      • Guest speakers to enhance your knowledge and understanding of personal and real life issues.

    You will have the opportunity to complete a bespoke Flight Path which will guide you through your studies and be focused on equipping you fully to reach your destination. Your Flight Path will track progress of your qualification but it will also have a focus on developing your skills through work experience and participating in competitions and enrichment.

    The goal of your Flight Path is to ensure you reach your destination and this will be completed by your Progress Coach through your tutorials and monitored twice a year.

    We also have the Honours Programme.

    Our Honours Programme identifies high-achieving and talented students and enables them to access events which will help prepare them for higher education.

    Focusing on Russell Group universities, Conservatories and higher apprenticeships, the Honours Programme ensures our aspirational students are fully equipped to further their education at a prestigious university.

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    It's not all work and no play!

    There is so much to discover in addition to your exciting new course. Taking part in enrichment opportunities and events adds an extra dimension to your college experience, allowing you to make friends and enjoy new experiences.

    Getting involved with college life can even help you gain a new qualification and provide you with impressive skills to include on your CV or UCAS application.

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    Not sure what to study?

    If you’re not sure what to study, then why not take some time to find out more information about possible careers? Or, if you already have a career in mind, but you’re not sure what you need to study to pursue that career, we can help you get one step closer to that dream job.

    Either way our subject area pages are full of careers information, job roles, salaries and details on what employers are looking for. Our knowledgeable Careers Team is also happy to sit down with you and offer impartial advice and guidance.

    You can contact our Careers Team by emailing or calling 01925 494 660.

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