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16-18 Year Olds

While variety and the school curriculum are all good, there comes a time when you just want to concentrate on the one thing you care about or the place where your talent can really shine. 

Each of the subject pages on this site give you a brief introduction to the industry, what you might study and where it could lead you.

Whether you want to complete a course and go straight into a job or training scheme, or if you’re thinking about uni and you already know what you want to study, this is your opportunity to press the starter on your career.

Our courses let you put all your effort into the thing you love most (assuming that’s not wholemeal toast with peanut butter) and begin to pick up the skills, knowledge and experience that could give you a head start in your chosen career.

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Apply for a vocational and applied diploma

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The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

  • Core Maths

    Core maths is a one-year course you can take alongside many of our Level 3 diplomas. It carries UCAS points equivalent to an AS Level and is favoured by universities and employers. It is assessed by two written exams (Paper 1 and Paper 2) in May.

  • Student Finance

    From help with paying for materials, transport or childcare, to complete tuition fee funding, there is always financial support available to help you achieve your aims in further and higher education.

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  • 16 -19 Study Programmes

    16 -19 Study Programmes

    At West Suffolk College, we have designed our study programmes in line with the requirements of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.  Our study programmes are flexible, built around the needs of individual students, which supports their development and builds upon the College’s Three Pillars.

    Students on a 16-19 Study Programme will:

    1. Have a substantial qualification that stretches them and prepares them for education at the next level or employment
    2. Continue to study English and maths where these have not yet been achieved at GCSE grade 4 or above
    3. Undertake a period of work placement and/or work-related activity to apply the skills from their chosen course in the real world of work
    4. Develop their character strengths and broader knowledge and skills that are designed to help students to prepare for working and living in modern Britain