Which Qualifications

A Levels, T Levels, Vocational Course or Apprenticeship? 

With so many different courses to choose from, finding the right one can be hard. 

At Dudley College we offer many different subjects, giving you the opportunity to find something that will help you achieve your ambitions and prepare you for the world of work or progression onto university. 

To get the most out of your time at college it’s important to select a course that you enjoy and fits with your style of learning. You can find out more about the different types of courses below: 

Is a Vocational Course right for you?

Do you… 

  • know the subject or industry you want to specialise in? 
  • prefer coursework over exams? 
  • want to learn hands-on practical skills? 
  • want to get experience using industry-standard equipment? 

If you answered yes to these questions, then a vocational course could be for you. Vocational qualifications are great if you enjoy a hands-on learning style as they concentrate on teaching you the practical skills you need to succeed. They are highly respected by employers and are a great foundation for getting a job, going to university or starting an Apprenticeship. 

Are A Levels the right choice for you?

Do you… 

  • want the option to study multiple subjects? 
  • perform best in exams? 
  • want to develop your critical thinking skills? 
  • want to study at a dedicated Sixth Form? 
  • enjoy academic reading and writing? 

If you answered yes to these questions, then A Levels could be for you. A Levels are great for progression in to Higher Education, with many of our A Level students going on to study at Russell Group Universities. A Levels also teach you many transferable skills that give you the option to go straight into employment or on to a Higher Apprenticeship. 

An A Level programme consists of three subjects of your choice. With over 30 A Level subjects to choose from at Dudley Sixth campus, this gives you a chance to study multiple subjects you are interested in or passionate about. A Levels run for two years and will give you the chance to develop your research, analysis and evaluation skills with a focus on independent study. 

Are T Levels right for you?

Do you… 

  • want to get into a skilled job? 
  • like a mixture of classroom and practical learning? 
  • want the knowledge, skills and experience to get the job you want? 

If you answered yes to these questions, then T Levels could be for you! T Levels are a mixture of classroom learning and at least 45 days of on-the-job placements, with an employer in the industry you are studying your T Level subject in. 80% of your time will be spent at college and 20% will be on your placement. They have been designed with employers and businesses to make sure the qualifications meet the needs of the industry and prepare you for the world of work. 

Is an Apprenticeship right for you?

Do you… 

  • want to enter the world of work? 
  • want the chance to earn money whilst you study? 
  • know which industry you want to work in? 
  • want to start a role with excellent progression opportunities? 

If you answered yes to these questions, then an Apprenticeship could be for you! Apprenticeships are designed to give you the best of both worlds – work and study. As an Apprentice, you’ll earn while you learn, employed in a real job with all the benefits of being an employee.  

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