Study Programmes

Progress towards much more than just a qualification at Boston College

Once enrolled at Boston College, you will be engaging in a study programme which is focused on developing your knowledge and abilities, for either going on into employment, continuing your studies or progressing to a higher level course, such as a degree.

Study programmes are personalised full time study packages, available for students aged 16-18 years old and are made up of four main parts:

1. Main Qualification

This is the course you have chosen to study, such as a Diploma or a set of A Levels. Boston College has a wide range of courses available for you to choose from to meet your own personal interests.

2. Work Experience

As a central part of your study programme, you will complete a work experience placement, for a average of 30 hours, which is relevant to your course and overall career aspirations.

Work experience is an ideal opportunity for you to connect with employers and explore what it is like to work in your chosen sector. The College engages with multi-national and local employers, with some students even progressing into paid employment and apprenticeships as a direct result of their work experience placement.

By completing work experience you will:

  • Be given the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have been acquiring in College to the workplace.
  • Gain an appreciation of work attitudes and an understanding of the difference between College and work.
  • In some cases experience the application and selection process of gaining a job.
  • Gain invaluable employment skills, such as communication, team work, time management and customer service, which you can use to enhance your CV.

Industry Placements - If you are studying a Level 3 course you will also have the opportunity to take part in a long term work experience placement. The placement must be relevant and meaningful for the study programme that you are on and will usually last an average of 315 hours over the academic year.

3. English and Maths

Boston College understand the importance of English and Maths in all aspects of your life, including the workplace. If you do not already hold a GCSE grade 4 or above (C or above) in these subjects, you will be required to attend additional classes. These classes will fit around your full time course commitments and the level at which you will study will depend on your current GCSE grade.

If you have a Grade 2 or below in English or Maths, you can study towards either a PASS in Functional Skills Level 2 or a GCSE 4-9. Once you have achieved either qualification, you will not be required to undertake any further English or Maths.

If you have a Grade 3 in English or Maths, you must study towards a GCSE grade 4-9.

4. Enrichment Activities

You will have the opportunity to get involved in many non-study activities at Boston College, such as tutorials, enterprise projects, voluntary work, fund-raising, charity work and external trips. These enrichment activities provide you with the opportunity to learn a new range of skills which you might not necessarily learn through your full time qualification. These skills will work towards helping you stand out in the future when applying for university or employment.

Studying an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

If you have chosen to study an apprenticeship or traineeship at Boston College, you will still be entered onto a study programme. You will cover three of the main parts - you will study your national recognised qualification at College once a week (course dependant), your apprenticeship job role will take place as the work experience, and you will also be supported with improving your English and Maths skills at College if necessary.

You can download our course guide