Wiltshire College has a great range of options for students aged 14 to 16.

Wiltshire College offers two types of 14-16 programmes depending upon your individual circumstances and needs: Vocational Day programmes and Full Time college study.

 

Vocational Days

Vocational Days are 1-year and 2-year programmes leading to nationally recognised qualifications in one vocational area. These programmes are suitable for you if you are able to show a strong interest in a chosen subject. You need to be able to cope with both theory and activity based classes and maintain a minimum 90% attendance.

The College's Vocational Options offer includes qualifications in:

  • Animal Care
  • Agriculture
  • Art and Design
  • Catering
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Social Care
  • Landbased Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Sport

 

Please discuss with your school in the first instance if these subject areas are of interest to you so they can make contact with the School Link Coordinator.

You can contact the School Link Coordinator at Wiltshire College on SchoolLiaison@wiltshire.ac.uk.

 

Full Time study at college

We also offer students the opportunity to attend college on a full time programme (usually 3 days per week). Studying with us on a full time programme will enable you to either focus on a particular curriculum area of your choice, or as part of the Foundation Studies department which will prepare you for college life and enable you to experience a range of different subjects to see which you prefer. All students will need to also study English and maths at the appropraite level, which will be determined when you start at college.

You will normally be referred to this provision by the school which has been most recently attended or other specialist referral agency, or if you are home educated you can be referred by a parent or guardian.

Once your referral form has been received and accepted, you will be invited for an initial meeting with the School Partnerships team, where if successful you will then be referred for an interview with staff from the appropriate curriculum area. Applicants will also complete initial assessments in English and maths, which gives the team an opportunity to learn more about your maths and English skills and find out what level you are currently working at.

 

Information for Schools

You can contact the School Link Coordinator on 01225 350035 or email SchoolLiaison@wiltshire.ac.uk for information on the 14-16 provision at Wiltshire College and for an application form.

 

For any other school partnership support, our Schools Partnership team is committed to working with secondary schools in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas including Swindon, Avon, Hampshire and Dorset. We offer a variety of taster activities throughout the academic year to enable your pupils to find out more about Wiltshire College and make the right choice for their future. Contact them on SchoolLiaison@wiltshire.ac.uk for more information.

 

 

 

 

Students attending college on a full time programme have the opportunity to infill into groups with other under-16 learners as well as over-16s. Students study on mainstream programmes across a range of curriculum areas, or within the Foundation Studies department to prepare them for a fresh start at college. Lessons include maths and English at the appropriate level, practical and vocational sessions, classroom based theory lessons, tutorials and project based work, such as Operation Christmas Child, charity fundraising and student welfare events.

 

 

 

 

We also deliver a range of 1 day per week, vocational programmes in a number of curriculum areas, giving students the opportunity to come to college and experience a subject of interest for either 1 or 2 years, gaining a qualification at the end of the study period. Often students attend these programmes as part of a reduced GCSE timetable through school.

 

 

 

 

Our school partnership based sessions deliver subject based training for school groups who come to college on a 'day release' programme as part of their GCSE timetable. Previous subjects delivered include Animal Care, Hairdressing, and Motorvehicle.