Learning at Leicester College puts you in the driving seat as you set off on the journey to your dream career. Whether you want to become a chef, a mechanic, a builder, a hairdresser or a biochemist; we can help you achieve your ambitions in a vibrant and positive environment.
Our students are happy to be here too – according to the 2016 National Student Survey for higher education leavers, we were placed joint 5th for student satisfaction in the UK. This is due in part to the expertise of our industry-experienced lecturers and our first-class facilities. But it is also down to you. Around 22,300 students of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs study with us. Everyone here has one thing in common: to achieve the qualification they need to drive their future success.
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Staying in Education until You are 18
To ensure that all young people continue to study and have the same opportunities to progress their learning, all young people are now required to stay in education or training until they are 18 years old.
A common misconception is that young people must remain in their current school setting for two further years after their GCSEs, however, this is not the case. Put simply, you have much more choice in deciding on the best route for you.
You can shape your own education and training opportunities to suit your skills and aspirations to achieve the best possible outcome. This includes training such as an apprenticeship or vocational courses (such as BTECs). Both qualify as remaining in education until you are 18. Apprenticeships and vocational courses also offer you the opportunity to go to university or to start a career.
Study Programmes are high-quality learning programmes for students aged between 16 to 18. They provide the best opportunity to move onto higher-level courses or into employment and are tailored to you. They combine study in your chosen subject with work experience and other learning to develop your employability skills. If you have not already got a grade for 4 or higher in GCSE maths and/or English, these programmes will also include a study to resit GSCEs or Functional Skills in Maths and/or English
Experience the working world
Work experience is an essential part of all study programmes, no matter what you are studying. It is essential for two reasons. Firstly, because industry experience teaches you about the profession you are joining. Secondly, it gives context to the topics you are studying and demonstrates these principles when they are put into practice.
Level 1 and Level 2 students take part in a Work Experience (WEX) Programme, which aims to develop core employability skills and prepare them for the next stage of their progression and for independent work placements. The programme includes a combination of online/virtual and face to face employer and career development encounters, including community social action projects. Also, Level 2 students are encouraged to undertake short periods of external work experience with an employer, where possible. These overall experiences, enable students to practice and develop vital workplace skills, such as self-confidence, resilience, problem-solving, teamwork, creativity.
Level 3 students take part in a WEX programme designed to maximise opportunities to enhance their professional development and career readiness. Students complete a variety of structured and sector-specific online/virtual and face to face employer-led interventions, including masterclasses and projects, followed by a tailored industry placement with an employer.
Some courses such as Childcare may require more hours of work experience. We have a fantastic team of Work Experience Coordinators. They will help you find a placement that is right for you. They work closely with our curriculum areas and employers.
If you have a family friend or relative who can help you to find your own work experience placement, please discuss this with your curriculum staff.
At Leicester College, we believe that age should not be a barrier to education. Whether you are wanting to enhance your career prospects, learn a new skill or study a subject you love, we give you the opportunity to do just that.
There are 30,000 learners of all ages and backgrounds studying at Leicester College, and we are committed to promoting equality and diversity.
The reward of learning at Leicester College is a new qualification or training to add to your CV. The most obvious advantage to this is that it will help you find a job. There are other bonuses too: you will meet new people who share your interests; you will explore new possibilities and opportunities; and new points of view will open up to you.