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Are you thinking about your next steps after year 11? Or perhaps you have spent a year at another college and have had a change of heart.

Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we offer a huge variety of exciting courses for 16-18-year-olds, all of which lead students onto successful careers and university places.

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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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 and want to perhaps pursue further as a career.

We know you’ll have lots of questions about what it’s like to study with us at college, such as what else is on offer alongside your course? Where do our students progress to? As well as how and when to apply, and what support is on offer during your time at college.

Take a look at the information below to find out more, or why not visit us at one of our Open Evenings? If you need any extra information or support you can contact our friendly School Engagement Team by emailing or call 01925 494 494 and we'll be happy to help.

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Vocational courses tend to be more practical and hands-on, and are assessed via practical observations/examinations, coursework, projects etc. Industry placement is encouraged on all courses.

T Levels are technical qualifications, equivalent to A Levels, that combine academic classroom study with a meaningful 45-day industry placement. Find out more here.

Apprenticeships combine workplace learning in paid employment and learning in the college environment, and can be assessed in a variety of ways including practical observations, building a portfolio, online tests etc. Find out more here.

Traineeships are designed to help people aged 16-24 who don't yet have the appropriate work experience or qualifications. They act as a stepping stone to getting a job or apprenticeship by providing essential work preparation training.

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All 16-18 year-old-students attend a Programme of Study, which includes:

  • Your core subject
  • English and/or maths if you need to re-sit
  • A tutorial (ASPIRE)
  • Enrichment
  • Industry placement

Students that are aged 16-18 without a grade 4 or above in their GCSE English and maths must continue to study these subjects as part of your Programme of Study. This is government legislation and applies to all students, irrespective of which college you attend.

Although known as full-time, our courses typically run over 3 or 4 days a week with the expectation that you will complete additional study or experience to support your course on the days that you are not in college.

    English & Maths

    If you do not achieve a grade 4 or above in your GCSE English and/or maths at school, we can help you achieve it at college with the help of our specialist tutors.

    You will be allocated slots in your weekly timetable to study for your GCSE English and/or maths alongside your vocational studies.

    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.


    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.


    We provide you with a range of opportunities to enrich your studies, suited to your interests and career goals. You will not only have fun but develop skills which employers are looking for, providing you with an edge when you go onto employment or higher education.

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    Industry placement

    As a student at Warrington & Vale Royal College, 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.

    Some of our students also take part in an extended work placement.

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    What our students say


    said tutors have high expectations and encourage them to work hard


      believe they are developing the skills they need to secure employment


      believe their tutors know their subjects well


      are happy on their course

      *End of term survey May 2022 (1,994 respondents)

      Are you aged 17?

      The college welcomes applications from 17 year-olds.

      If you have spent a year at another college or on an apprenticeship and decided you would like to attend our college full-time, we would love to hear from you.

      Look through the subject areas at the range of courses available and click apply!

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