Now students have collected their GCSE results, thoughts turn to what comes next.
‘Some people think that the only way to get into university or secure a good job is to study A-levels. They’re wrong! We’re here to set the record straight!’ is the message from Solihull College & University Centre this summer as it aims to show students that a vocational qualification such as a BTEC can take them forward to the career or university course they want.
The College’s vocational courses are designed with both employment and university in mind. Students gain the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to lead them into the career of their choice. The College speaks directly with employers to ensure courses are tailored to industry needs. Level 3 Extended Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A-levels, meaning students can progress to university on completion of their course or stay at the College to complete their degree. Courses are assessed largely through coursework and practical assessment rather than end of term exams like A-Levels. Students also gain valuable work experience with vocational qualifications and the College has links with a number of local employers to ensure work experience develops knowledge and skills within the industry. A piece of research by London Economics found that with a level 3 BTEC a student can boost their lifetime’s earnings by up to £92,000.
With a whole range of courses available at a variety of levels, from aerospace engineering to animal management, there is a course and route for everyone. Exciting new courses available for September 2016 include Event Planning and Hair & Media Make-Up.
As well as vocational courses, the College has a range of apprenticeships on offer in a variety of different industries offering students the chance to learn on the job, gain their qualification and earn whilst they do so.
You can visit Solihull College & University Centre’s School Leaver Advice day on Tuesday 30th August, 2pm-6pm at both Blossomfield and Woodlands Campus.
For full details of which courses will be represented at each campus, please visit the events page or call 0121 678 7000.