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Choosing Your Course

What do you need to think about?

When choosing your course it is a good idea to read through the following information so you know what to expect from your course and which options are available to you. These steps outline how to go about choosing your course and are followed by more information to help you.

  • Where are you now?

    Check the Progression Table to see what levels of study are currently available to you. It might be that you need to start on a lower level course in order to progress to a higher level of study, so check that your qualifications meet the entry requirements of the course you are considering.

  • Come to an Open Event

    This gives you the opportunity to speak directly to course tutors who are all experts in their fields. They can help you decide the best way forward.

  • Get Help

    You can also contact our Admissions Team to speak to someone about how you might progress with NSC. Alternatively, if you are still in school then you can contact your school Careers Advisor.

Admissions Team
T: 01691 688080

16 - 18 Study Programme

Each student aged 16-18 years at NSC has a Study Programme specifically tailored to meet their educational needs and career aspirations. It consists of the main chosen qualification, as well as further development of maths, English and employability skills. 

Its aim is to improve young peoples’ career prospects and also widen options for higher level study.

These programmes include:

  • All full-time students aged 16-18 years will study English and maths as part of their studies. This will be either GCSE or functional skills depending on prior GCSE grades and initial assessment. Those students who have already achieved sufficient grades will be supported through a programme of directed studies. Maths and English skills and the ability to apply them are seen as essential skills by universities and
    employers. Many universities now accept a Level 2 Functional Skill in maths and English as recognised qualifications which carry UCAS points. This is a government-driven initiative, fully supported by the College.
  • Each full-time student will participate in work experience as well as activities designed to develop the skills and confidence required for their progression.
  • Those students who aren’t able to study for a substantial vocational qualification (e.g. if they have complex learning needs and/or disadvantage) will study a programme to develop their employability skills which might include some work experience.

Adult Students

Whilst adult students do not have study programmes, they do have access to the same support and resources as all other students. If you have questions about your learning needs or want to find out more about studying as an adult then you can get in touch with our Admissions Team by calling 01691 688 080 or