Courses for School Leavers (16 - 19 yrs)

Staying in education doesn't mean staying in school

When you finish Year 11, you now need to stay in education until at least your 18th birthday. However, staying on at school isn’t your only option. You could consider:

  • Staying in full-time education by studying A Levels or a vocational course
  • Working while you learn, through an Apprenticeship
  • Moving into part-time education or training if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (defined as 20 hours or more a week)

We have a wide range options that might suit you:

A Levels

We offer the widest range of A Levels anywhere in Bristol, with 28 diverse A Level topics, encompassing everything from Photography to Chemistry, Psychology to Government and Politics, Computing to Film Studies.

Find an A level course


Do you want to earn while you learn? Embarking upon an apprenticeship allows you to enter the workplace and start building your career from the age of 16. You will work for an employer, earning a wage and developing the skills that are specific to your job, whilst also attending College one day per week to study towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Find an apprenticeship

Vocational qualifications

Vocational qualifications are work-related qualifications that can help you go straight into a job, by directly equipping you with the exact skills that employers are looking for.

Our vocational qualifications cover a wide range of industries including Catering, Motor Vehicle, Construction and Health and Beauty.

Find a course with Vocational qualifications