Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This is an introductory qualification that will give you a broad insight into public services and will help you to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required for working in the sector. Over the course of the year you will study a range of theory and practical units which will give you the necessary foundations to progress towards your desired career.
This qualification will form part of a study programme which will include exclusive access to our Sports Academy and Enrichment programme, Maths & English, Tutorial support, Work Experience, and development of employability and study skills. Maths and English is a fundamental element of this study programme and skills in these areas will be embedded into your vocational learning. If you do not have a grade C in Maths and/or English you will attend a discrete GCSE or Functional Skills class as part of your weekly timetable.
No formal qualifications are required, however, you will need a positive attitude, commitment and self-motivation. The course is designed for school leavers who are able to work at a level that is equivalent to GCSE grades D-F. Entry level courses are also available for those who want to progress to a level 1 qualification but do not yet meet these requirements. 2 GCSE's (or equivalent) at grade E or above (preferably including English).
All applicants will be asked to sit a literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment and must achieve a minimum E3 in literacy All applicants must successfully pass an interview & show a positive attitude, commitment and self-motivation.
You will be assessed throughout the year via a range of methods including practicals, worksheets, presentations, group projects and written assignments.
On completion of this programme you will have the opportunity to progress onto a Level 2 programme in Public Services or Sport.
This is a full-time programme lasting one-year where you will be required to attend college for approximately 12 hours per week, which will include your subject related sessions along with tutorial, English and Maths. In addition to this you will be expected to undertake some independent study to complete tasks, coursework and assessments.
You will study via a range of methods including theory seminars, practical sessions, workshops, work placements, and laboratory experiments, in dedicated classrooms and high quality facilities which include a full sized Sports Hall and exercise studio. Some lessons may also occur in the large on-site health and fitness club, which students also have access to free of charge, or at off-site facilities. You will also learn through a range of relevant trips, visits and guest lectures.