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14 – 16 Provision

The 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 the chosen subject. You need to be able to cope with both theory and activity based classes and maintain a minimum of 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
  • Land Based Engineering
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • RHS Horticulture
  • 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 the 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 appropriate 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.

Restructure to 14 – 16 school link provision

We have recently restructured the 14 – 16 school link provision and therefore if you are not on school roll (elective home educated) we are unable to process your application. However, we are able to accept referrals from schools.

Once your Application 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 the College.

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 & University Centre and make the right choice for their future. Contact them on SchoolLiaison@​wiltshire.​ac.​uk for more information.

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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 Vehicle Maintenance.

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