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What should I study at college? How the subjects you enjoy at school can help you decide

What should you study at college? Look to the subjects you enjoy most at school for ideas.

Click on one of the subjects you enjoy at school to see what courses might suit you at college:


Art

If you love art and expressing your thoughts in a visual way at school, then you have plenty of choices with us. You can study either art and design, fashion, graphic design, or photography as single subjects with us. Our level 3 courses in these subjects are equivalent to three A Levels, so afterwards you could go to university or the workplace. Take your creativity to the next level at college!

Don’t forget that we also teach hair and beauty, floristry, and media production – all of which appeal to creative minds as you get to show your own style.

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Biology

A passion for biology can lead into lots of different courses with us, and our level 3 courses below are equivalent to A Levels so you can progress into university or straight into a career.

Sport science courses involve studying the body from the point of view of athletes, while our hands-on applied science course means you can study all three sciences in a really practical way.

For those fascinated by crime, our forensic science and criminology courses might be just what you need to take your enjoyment of biology to the next level too.

An interest in biology could also come from the desire to help people, in which case our health and social care courses could be what you need to get into a career you’re passionate about.

You can also study biology with us as an A Level, for a traditional route into a career related to science,

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Business Studies

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes and always need new staff who are passionate about helping to run a successful organisation. Our level 3 courses are equivalent to A Levels, so you can go to university or get into the working world straight away.

Our practical business and travel and tourism courses will teach you the skills needed for a career or degree, but our apprenticeships will give you an even more specialist qualification to take your interests further. And if you want to delve into the theory and principles behind business, our A Level could be just what you need.

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Chemistry

Chemistry can involve interesting and exciting experiments and revelations, which lend themselves very well to our practical-based applied science course that is equivalent to A Levels and can lead to university or straight into a career. You also have the option of getting into a laboratory technician apprenticeship, or studying chemistry as a traditional A Level with us too!

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Citizenship

An interest in citizenship could be because of a desire to learn more about democracy and the laws of the country, which are very relevant to careers in public service. Our protective services courses take lots of the topics you’ll have learnt at school to the next level, so you can go on to university with our A level-equivalent level 3 course or into a career.

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Dance

Carry on your passion for the stage with our performing arts course. Our level 3 course is equivalent to A Levels so you can go to university or straight into a career!

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Design and Technology

If you love the idea of rolling up your sleeves and working on technology and machinery, our aeronautical engineering, engineering or motor vehicle maintenance courses will give you a practical course which can lead into employment or university with one of our level 3 (A Level-equivalent) courses.

Want to get straight into the world of work? Engineering and motor vehicle maintenance apprenticeships are a great way to start learning while earning a salary.

Construction courses will also make the most of your technical skills, with apprenticeships also available in all trades.

You might also want to see our digital (IT), graphic design and games design courses for more options that involve technology too.

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Drama

If you love to perform at school, our level 3 performing arts course is equivalent to A Levels and can lead to university or the workplace.

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English

English skills can be used in all subjects, but you may find them especially useful in a media course, where script-writing and storytelling is involved. Our level 3 course is equivalent to A Levels, so you can go to university or the workplace when you finish.

We also teach English as an A Level for a traditional academic route into university or the workplace.

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Food Technology

If you love cooking, working with food, and helping people, our catering courses will prepare you for an exciting career in industry. You could also train as an apprentice.

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Geography

Having an interest in geography could make our travel and tourism, protective services, or applied science courses a good choice. All of these involve an understanding of the world around us, and how we interact with it. Our level 3 courses are equivalent to A Levels, so they can lead to university or the workplace.

We also teach geography as an A Level.

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History

Having an interest in the past can help you to shape the future. Hands-on courses where an interest in history could be useful include travel and tourism, media, performing arts and photography. Our level 3 courses are equivalent to A Levels, so they can lead to university or the workplace.

You could also study history as an A Level with us, for a traditional academic route into university.

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

ICT can lead to lots of courses where you can carry on using your skills. Digital (IT), games design, graphic design and engineering all use ICT extensively, and with our level 3 (A Level equivalent) courses you can progress to university or the workplace.

You could also bring your skills straight to the workplace with an apprenticeship, as all employers will need staff with technical skills related to ICT,

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Mathematics

An interest in maths puts you in a great position, as it comes up in all college courses. The courses where it is especially useful are construction, business, engineering, applied science, digital (IT), and sport. Our level 3 courses are equivalent to A Levels, so you can progress into university or the workplace.

You can also study maths as an A Level for a traditional route into university and the workplace.

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Music

If you love studying music at school, you can carry on with it as college with our practical music course. You could also look at studying performing arts, which involves singing, dancing and acting. Our level 3 courses are equivalent to A Levels, so you could progress into university or the workplace.

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Physical Education (PE)

Take your enjoyment of sport to the next level with our sport and sport science courses. Applied science and protective services courses might also interest you, and our level 3 courses are equivalent to A Levels so you can go on to university or the workplace.

Training for a job where you stay active could also appeal to you, so view our construction courses and apprenticeships for a range of hands-on options.

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Physics

Being interested in physics puts you in a great position for many of our courses. This is especially true for construction, engineering, applied science and digital (IT).

Choose a level 3 course with us and you can progress into university, as they are equivalent to A Levels.

You can also study physics as an A Level with us.

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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

This subject often appeals to people who want to learn more about the human body and how to help people. Courses that might interest you include applied science, health and social care, and childcare and early years.

Our level 3 courses are equivalent to A Levels, so you could progress into university or the workplace.

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Religious Studies

Your interest in cultures and beliefs could be carried on in many of our courses. Travel and tourism, health and social care, childcare and early years and protective services all involve understanding how people think and how the world works.

Our level 3 course is equivalent to A Levels, so you can go to university or the workplace when you finish.

Our A Levels in humanities and social sciences subjects may also interest you.

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