Choosing the right course for you

Our courses have more of a practical side to them than courses in sixth forms and some other colleges. If you have an interest in subjects such as Biology, Physics or Maths why not explore this with one of our courses like Animal Management, Agriculture, Horticulture, Sport or Engineering? Studying a course with us will help prepare you to move onto work or higher-level study.

Industry focused courses

In addition to the practical experience you will gain whilst studying at college, our diplomas include a relevant work placement. This will give you that much needed work experience to get you started in your first job.

Our tutors are industry experts with extensive experience in their field and we’re sector leading in our choice of qualifications. We work closely with industry to drive the development of these forward-thinking qualifications. It’s these excellent links with employers which means you’ll leave college with the skills and knowledge industry wants and needs.

You can study a subject you have a real interest in, as well as gain real-life experience whilst working in our industry standard facilities – over recent years we’ve invested £80 million into state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Preparation for further study

If you are hoping to progress onto further study, our range of Level 3 Diplomas and Tech Baccs offer a great alternative to A Levels and will give you the UCAS points and study skills needed if your goal is to progress on to university.

How we differ from sixth form

Our vocational programmes are academic and practical, often offer opportunities for additional qualifications and study tours and will prepare you for employment or further study. You will be studying alongside students with similar interests in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment.

Your study programme is only one aspect of the Reaseheath Experience. Reaseheath boasts a beautiful, unique campus with extensive facilities giving you the opportunity to participate in a range of varied and exciting social and recreational activities. Some of our students even choose to live on-site in one of our halls of residence.

Our aim is for students to progress from Reaseheath not only work or university ready, but as confident individuals ready for life.

Find out how are students think college differs from school here.

Which level course is for me?

We offer a number of routes within each level to suit individual needs. You can apply for the course level based on your GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. You can find out more about our courses at course open events and taster days.

Full time courses run at different levels (Entry Level – Tech Bacc) dependent on your previous qualifications and experience. We also offer apprenticeship programmes. These programmes are ideal for those who wish to gain new qualifications whilst working, see page 30 for further details.

All applications are assessed on an individual basis. When you visit the college or attend your interview, we will make sure that the level of course you are applying for is the right one for you and for your chosen career path.

Qualification routes

Course title

Typical entry requirements


Next steps

Level 3 Technical Baccalaureate5 GCSEs at grade 4/5 or above (including grade 5 or above in English, Maths and Science)2 yearsEquivalent of up to 4.5 A Levels or 216 UCAS points, these courses will enable you to move onto a higher education course, degree or foundation degree, or a higher apprenticeship
Level 3 Technical Qualification4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (preferably including English and Maths)1, 2 or 3 year sandwich courseEquivalent to 1-3 A Levels, these courses will enable you to move on to a higher education course – degree or foundation degree
Level 2 Technical QualificationGCSEs grades 3 and above1 yearIf you successfully complete this course you may move onto the Level 3 course or an apprenticeship
Level 1 Technical
GCSEs below grade 31 yearCompleting this course means you may be able to progress onto the Level 2 Diploma or an apprenticeship
Entry Level QualificationGCSEs below grade 31 yearAfter Entry Level learning you could go straight to a Level 1 Diploma (Foundation Learning) at Reaseheath

*The chart above is aimed toward 16+ school leavers however equivalent qualifications also apply. Please note entry requirements can vary depending on the course you choose. For full course information, including the specific GCSE subjects you require for your course, visit the relevant course page.

Level 3 programmes explained

Each year we look at our courses and make sure they are providing all our students with the skills that industry and universities want.

We offer a range of courses including Technical Baccalaureates, Advanced Technical Extended Diplomas, Diplomas and Certificates at Level 3.

These courses are accredited by City and Guilds, BTEC, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). Each course is equivalent to A Levels and provides you with UCAS points for progression onto our degree programmes or other university entry.

Whether you know what career you’d like to progress into or if you’re still exploring your options, read on to discover the range of subjects and careers available.

Raising the participation age

The Government has raised the participation age to 18, which means that from 2015 all young people are required to stay on in education or training until this age.