Courses for 16 to 18-year-olds | Weston College

Courses for 16 to 18-year-olds

Choosing what to do after spending years studying in school can seem like a daunting prospect…

Luckily, at Weston College we have hundreds of courses to choose from across a wide range of subjects, teaching methods and levels. With us, you’ll find the course that’s suitable for you, regardless of how your GCSEs went.

Every year over 3,500 young people just like you enrol on a Weston College course and many of them go on to achieve beyond their expectations. This is because Weston College is an exciting, unique and engaging place to study, and our results speak for themselves

Students at Weston College

We’re one of the top 20 colleges in the country in terms of student satisfaction, we’ve held the title of ‘College of the Year’, and we’re the only further education college in the West of England to be awarded Ofsted’s ‘outstanding’ rating. We've received royal recognition for our teaching, including the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. This means that when you choose Weston College, you can be assured that you will receive an exceptional level of teaching and support to help you succeed.

With Weston College you’ll have the freedom to choose a subject that interests you, and learn in the way that suits you the best. Many of our courses offer the option of classroom-based study, hands-on practical learning, or on-the-job training where you earn while you learn. Click here to find out the best way to choose the right course for you.

The course that you choose fits into an individualised ‘study programme’ which will help you develop your abilities in a number of skills that employers and universities have told us they are looking for in their ideal candidates. Our aim is to prepare you for your next step, whatever that is, and our award winning careers advice and guidance team will help you progress towards your career or educational goal.

If you need any additional learning support, don’t worry. Over 1,000 students across the College access our award-winning support services and we are well-qualified to provide specialist support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.

On top of the excellent teaching, support, facilities and resources, Weston College offers an experience like no other. Click here to find out some of the many bonuses you’ll be able to take advantage of when you start your studies with us. 

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Do I have to pay for my course?

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and you are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free.

However, there may be some additional costs for personal kit/uniform depending on the course.

If you can prove that you meet one of the following you can apply for some help from the 16 to 18 Bursary towards the cost of meals, equipment, books and travel, providing:

  • The level of your gross household income is under £32,000
  • You are in care or are a “Care Leaver” then you will be eligible for a bursary of up to £1,200
  • Young people in receipt of Income Support will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200
  • You are the primary helper or carer for your family
  • You are in receipt of free school meals in Year 11 in which case the College will provide a £2.41 daily meal allowance for redemption in the College’s catering outlets.

Free childcare

Young parents under 20 years of age on the date their study programme starts at Weston College in September 2016 will be entitled to FREE childcare at College through Care to Learn. If you are over 20 and eligible for Learner Support Funds, Weston College may be able to offer you a contribution for childcare support with Ofsted-registered childcare facilities.

Bursaries, funding and fees are all available so take a look at what you are entitled to.

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How do I apply?

Applying for a course at Weston College is easy - you can apply online, or using an application found at the back of our full time prospectus or downloaded here.

Apply online today

Applying online is easy, and takes around 15 minutes. Start by finding the course you'd like to apply for using the course finder at the top right of this page. Next scroll down and press the 'APPLY NOW' button in the blue course information box (shown above).

Apply by post

If you'd prefer to apply on paper, download an application form or find one in the back of our full time prospectus, complete it and return it to:

Admissions Office,
Weston College,
Knightstone Campus,
Knightstone Road,
BS23 2AL

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What Our Students Say

Jamie, Electrical Installation, City & Guilds, Level 2

“I chose Weston College due to the high pass rates, its reputation, and the progression routes available on courses.”

Jamie thought the College's teachers were really approachable and on-hand when needed, but liked that students are also supported to work independently to help them develop confidence in their own ability.

What's next? Jamie is completing an Apprenticeship with Siemens and studying to be a Wind Turbine Technician so that he can secure the job he has planned on an offshore wind farm.

Former school: Clevedon

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