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18th October 2022


As we continue with our Colleges Week celebrations, we’re focusing on the benefits that come with choosing college as part of your academic journey. 

There are around 2.75 million college students across the UK benefiting from high quality teaching and training, combined with tailored support. Colleges have well-established partnerships with their regional industries and employers, which means students have incredible opportunities to progress to employment. Those who wish to move into self-employment or further study get expert advice to take their next steps. 

Here are six reasons why college is a great option, whatever you’re looking for! 


1. Lots of choice 


Colleges offer a wide range of courses, qualifications and development programmes, ensuring there is a pathway suitable for everyone, no matter their skills or background. 

Most colleges offer some or all the following: 

  • Main vocational courses. Such as engineering, business, healthcare, beauty, etc.  
  • A Levels. As well as vocational courses and apprenticeships, many colleges also have a broad selection of A Levels. 
  • T Levels. Expand on this, COLC offering from Sept 2022, etc 
  • Apprenticeships. Expand on this. 
  • Short courses for adult learners. Expand on this. 
  • Work experience in the area of study. Most colleges will offer tutorial support, employability skills development and volunteering. 
  • GCSE Maths or English courses. For students who want to have another go at passing these subjects. 


2. There is a starting point for everyone – even for those with few qualifications 


A high percentage of college graduates go on to land their dream jobs and/or have fulfilling careers – even if they did not leave school with high GCSE grades. While many college courses do have set entry requirements, there is a starting point for all students, even if they’re entering with fewer qualifications than others.  

Most colleges offer courses from entry level (where no previous qualifications are required), through to degree level study. An interest in the subject you want to take can be as important as your qualifications.  


3. Gain the skills and qualifications you need 


With thousands of courses to choose from, colleges are focused on developing the future workforce. They are committed to the success of their students, ensuring they leave with the knowledge, qualifications and essential skills they need for employment and life post-study.  


4. Flexibility and earn while you learn potential 


 College learning flexes to your needs. With many courses on offer, students can choose to learn full time, part time, or through distance learning.  

Colleges offer hundreds of options and pathways, from starter courses to vocational training and apprenticeships, through to higher education and degree qualifications. Professional qualifications are on offer too, as well as a range of online courses to help your job and career prospects. 


 5. Get the work experience employers want  


 Vocational courses at college give students the opportunity to develop their employability skills through work experience, interacting with employers, and various other ventures. Many colleges, like The City of Liverpool College, have invested in their own restaurants or hair salons which are open to the public so that students can experience a real work environment with tutor supervision. 

Like many across the country, the College is renowned for its strong partnerships with industry – from local businesses to leading organisations. Our colleges are recognised as innovators and leaders across the UK. 


6. Ample help and support available


Colleges are proud of being diverse, inclusive and safe places to learn, with a large support network available to you onsite.   

  • Your course tutor will ensure they get to know you through group tutorials or one to one sessions, offering support and ensuring you are on track with your work and learning progress. 
  • Learning Support Teams can help if you have additional learning needs or a disability. Often, colleges will invite new students for needs assessments to ensure they know what requirements you have and can plan how to help you in a college environment, e.g., Education Healthcare Plans, support in the classroom, one to one help, or exam concessions.  
  • Financial support – if you are on a low income, you may be entitled to support with the costs associated with coming to college, such as free meals, travel, or childcare. 
  • Some colleges have other support staff such as counselling services or mentors. 
  • Many colleges have ‘careers advice’ teams who can help you decide which direction you want to go post-study. They can provide help with services such as CV structing, interview skills, job applications and more. 
  • Most colleges also provide support for students hoping to progress to Higher Education, including help with university applications and researching degree level options. 


Read more about what Colleges Week is and the College’s activities across the week, here. 

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