What are Study Programmes

Qualifications guide

We are committed to helping you achieve your dreams and guarantee your progression on to the next level with us. This information below illustrates how we can support you to progress all the way from Level 2 up to Level 6.

What are study programmes?

Think of your study programme as building up lots of different skills that will help you to stand out in today’s competitive market. Employers and universities are looking for much more than just a qualification these days, which is why we’ve designed our study programmes to include everything you need to be successful. Alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills.

You will either study at Intermediate Level and progress on to Advanced Level, or start at Advanced Level.

Your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills. If you have a grade D or 3 in GCSE English and maths you will be required to re-sit these qualifications. Those with a GCSE grade 2 or below will be required to study Functional Skills English and maths to work towards resitting GCSE English and maths.
  • Work experience. Every student will have a minimum of 20 hours per year/programme of external work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills
  • Possibility of additional vocational learning and qualifications, depending on the programme you choose.

Why do I need English and maths?

Love them or hate them, English and maths are essential for work and education! Many employers complain that too many young people lack the literacy (English) and numeracy (maths) skills needed for jobs in today’s workplace. If you’re not yet ready for work, but want to continue in education, you’ll also find that entry on to higher level courses requires grades 9–4 or A*– C in GCSE English and maths. In short, they’re very important and we’ll help you get the grades you need.

Many employers complain that too many young people lack the literacy (English) and numeracy (maths) skills needed for jobs in today’s workplace. In fact, these are the skills that employers demand above all others.

Further or Higher Education
If you want to continue in education, you’ll find that entry on to higher level courses also requires grades A*-C or 9-4 in GCSE English and maths. The requirement to continue studying English and maths is not about resitting exams, but increasing your skills and widening your opportunities.

Work experience

Work experience is a key (and fun!) part of your full-time study programme at College. We have strong links with hundreds of employers in every industry area to ensure we find the best placement for you. Every student has a minimum of 20 hours per year/ programme of external work experience. Here’s a little peek at where some of our recent students have spent theirs: 

  • 3D Applied Design students organised ‘Hey Clay’ workshops for the general public to attend 
  • Art & Design Students hosted cartoon workshops in conjunction with Bedford Library
  • Engineering students undertook work experience projects with companies such as London Electronic, Cranfield Precision and Pressfab Engineering 
  • Fine Art students organised an exhibition in The Arcade, Bedford for The Teenage Cancer Trust 
  • Hair & Beauty Students completed work experience with Centreparcs Woburn Aqua Sana Spa
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