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School Leavers
Routes To Your Career
16-18 Education

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When you leave school, a world of opportunities open up to you. Whilst that’s exciting, it can also be scary as choices can cause confusion. What’s right for you? What level should you be studying at? What qualification type suits your learning style? This section will help you understand what we offer and what’s right for you.

Routes To Your Career

Which Is The Right Route For You?

Accrington & Rossendale College student and tutor Firstly, don’t panic! If it’s all very confusing and you aren’t sure which is the right route for you, we can help.

We will work with you to make sure you are on the right route to your chosen career path, with a course that is best suited to you and your way of learning.



If you need help with any words you’re unsure of, click on our “Jargon Buster”.

What Are Vocational Qualifications? +

Vocational qualifications are the bread and butter of Accrington and Rossendale College’s provision. We are a work-based college and vocational qualifications are closely related to the world of work with a practical slant; but there will still be some study-based learning. The amount varies according to the course taken. Assessment can be by practical assessment, portfolio assessment (coursework) or examination. vocational courses at this level are full-time courses.

Vocational courses are structured with more of the work taking place in college or on placement and perhaps less in your own time – although you will still have homework and coursework assignments to complete. Vocational courses at level 3 are equivalent to 3 A-levels and provide UCAS points needed for university entry.

Types of Vocational Qualifications +

There are many different types of vocational programmes available here at Across:

Click here to view our “Types of Vocational Programmes”.

Click here to view our  “Levels Explained”.

Am I Suited To A Vocational Full Time Course? +

This route will give you career specific skills and relevant qualifications that will give you the option to go into your chosen career or to higher education.

This is right for you if…

  • You prefer course work to exams and enjoy working on projects.
  • You probably have a career in mind but want to keep your options open to go on to university.
  • You want to study a variety of topics that relate to your career.
  • You want the opportunity to have some work experience to help when
  • You start your career.

You know you want to get career specific qualifications to help you develop your career

Am I Suited To An Apprenticeship? +

An Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to work and earn money whilst still studying towards a qualification.

This is right for you if…

  • You know or have an idea what industry you would like to work in and want to start now.
  • You want the experience of working in a real job but also want the student experience.
  • You want to start earning money now.
  • You can contact us and arrange an appointment with our careers guidance service for personalised career advice.Call: 01254 354354 Email:
The Final Choice +

First you chose the subject area that you wanted to study, next you decided what type of qualification suits your learning style.

Finally we have to decide what level you can study at.

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 into your dream career.

The level you study at will depend on the GCSE grades you get (especially GCSE English and Maths) or qualifications you have already achieved. But don’t worry about making the choice, as we will assess which level is right for you when we meet you. once this is done, you are ready to enrol!

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