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Next Steps After GCSEs... 
You have lots of options. Staying in education until you’re 18 doesn’t mean you must stay at school. There are many alternatives for you to choose from that could not only be much more suited to your learning style, but could offer you many more opportunities than school.

Boston College offers a wide variety of courses, whether you’re looking for academic study or skills based training.
16-19 Study Programmes

We prepare you for getting a job, continuing your studies or progressing to a higher level course (at Boston College or university). Study programmes are courses for 16-19 year olds which include:

- A main qualification such as a BTEC Diploma or a set of A-levels
- Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
- English and maths, if you don’t already have GCSE grade A*- C in these subjects
- Non-study activities such as tutorials, enterprise, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work and external trips.


There are 11 different A-levels to choose from at our dedicated SIXTH
that provides a more grown-up environment than school. Our courses teach students to manage their own time and learning - preparing them effectively for university.

Vocational - Job Related Skills Training

If you know the job or industry you’d like to work in, we offer lots of different vocational courses that will provide you with the skills and experience to be ready for the world of work. You can also progress on to higher level study such as HND or Foundation Degree at Boston College or at university. From Animal Care to Business, Computing
to Engineering, Graphic Design to Sport - there are many subject areas to choose from, with a variety of starting levels to suit your needs.


If you’re keen to get out into the world of work, an Apprenticeship can provide you with an excellent mix of hands-on work experience, skills training, a wage and the opportunity to improve your English, maths and IT skills, if required.


If you like the sound of an Apprenticeship but would like to get more
experience first, then a Traineeship course could be a great starting point for you - they are designed to prepare young people for the world of work, and are a great stepping stone between leaving school and applying for an Apprenticeship.