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