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Now that you have found us it is our job to ensure that you don't go anywhere else, and we are quite sure that you won't! Stockport College is an 'Outstanding' and a 'Beacon' learning provider which reflects its excellent progression rates as well as its innovative approach. The college offers courses from pre-GCSE to Degree Level and is renowned for its high quality teaching, support and state-of-the-art facilities.

The college's grades are well above national average as well. There are a wide range of courses that accommodate an array of tastes and abilities from Hair and Beauty to Engineering, Catering to Sport.

The College also has fantastic progression rates with nearly 100% of students going on to Higher Education in some areas. Stockport College also offers fantastic support and students are considered more than just a number. Students are supported from the moment they arrive at College until the moment they leave.

It is a competitive world out there, so it is important that students stand out from the crowd by enriching their CV. The College offers extra activities from Law Society to the Sports Academy. Students can also become an ambassador and get paid for the privilege!

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Key dates in Year 11

Things move quickly in Year 11 and it is important that you are aware what is happening at each stage. Parents/carers are welcome and encouraged to attend careers interviews and to contact our Connexions Adviser with any queries.

September - December

Your son/daughter will be invited to have a careers interview with their Connexions Adviser

Colleges/Sixth Forms will hold open evenings

Many Sixth Forms & Sixth Form Colleges will have application deadlines. Your son/daughter will need to make sure that they are aware of these deadlines and make sure that they apply in time

January - May

If your son/daughter has not already done so now is the time for them to apply to colleges or apprenticeships

Attend college/sixth form interviews

June Onwards

Once your son/daughter leaves schoool they can still get advice, guidance and support from their Connexions Adviser by visiting their Connexions office or visit:


Most exam results are usually published in late August. Connexions Advisers will be available in school to offer advice and guidance if you son/daughter hasn't achieved the results they expected

Enrolment for College/Sixth form


There are lots of different avenues available to students at the end of year 11. Below is an outline of the choices you have. Please speak to our Connexions Adviser, Grainne, for more information. Don't forget to have a look at our Trafford College spotlight page for more information on the courses they have to offer.

Academic Courses

AS/A Levels

Study subjets similar to those you studied at school

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C and above to do A levels and will require Bs in the subjects you intend to study
Some 6th forms may require A/Bs
In Yr1 you choose 4 AS level subjects
In Yr2 you can go onto the A level course: you would usually take 3 subjects so you may drop one of your AS subjects
At the end of each year you take exams and get a grade A* -E for each subject

Vocational and Work Related Courses

BTEC Level 3

These are work related and in a wide range of subjects

You will need 4/5 GCSEs Grade C and above to do the course
Normally takes 2 years to complete
Extended Diploma = 3 A levels
Diploma = 2 A levels
Additional Specialist Learning

BTEC Level 2

These are work related and available in a wide range of subjects

You will need grades D-E in GCSEs to do the course
Take 1 year to complete
Equal to 4 GCSEs at grade C and above


An apprenticeship means you get qualifications and practical skills while you work.

You will be:

Employed by a company
Earning money (a minimum of £100 per week)
Study for your qualifications by day/block release at a local College or Training Provider
NVQ Level 2/3 and is some cases Level 4
You can also get qualifications in key skills such as communication, application of number and Information Technology
There aer nearly 200 different types of apprenticeships available - from Accounting to Youth Work

Talk to you Connexions Adviser for more information. For further info and to register and apply for apprenticeship vacancies visit:

Thinking of going to University after further study?

It is important to consider your choice of A levels, BTECs and other qualifications carefully and consider if they can lead you to your chosen University and Degree Course. For information on the points awarded for each qualification visit: your Connexions Adviser for professional advice on how different courses and A level combinations can affect your University options.

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