College Route – Study Programmes
At Milton Keynes College we have a wide range of Study Programmes available to you when you leave school. What level you start at depends on your GCSE results and prior experience. In comparison to A Levels, Study Programmes focus more on vocational study linked to one core subject.
Employment Route – Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are a great way to train, qualify and gain valuable work experience, all while earning a wage. At Milton Keynes College we offer apprenticeships at Intermediate (Level 2) to Higher (Level 4/5) Level in a range of subjects including Accounting, Digital Marketing, IT Infrastructure, Professional Cookery and Hairdressing to name just a few!
T Levels are a brand new, 2-year qualification that will give you a head start towards your future, bringing classroom learning and an extended industry placement together on a course designed with businesses and employers.
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What are my options when I leave school?
Trying to figure out what to do when you finish school can seem daunting, but luckily there are loads of study options to choose from.
Each option has the potential to progress, resulting in qualification top-ups, university degrees and employment.
There is no set route to university or employment; your options are wide open and the world is your oyster. Which Pathway will you choose?
What makes up a study programme?
A study programme offers much more than a traditional qualification. At Milton Keynes College you will benefit from a well-rounded experience, preparing you for progression onto further study at University, onto an Apprenticeship, or into employment.
As well as your qualification, one of the most important attributes an employer looks for when considering who to hire is experience. At entry level, you won’t be expected to have years of experience under your belt, however, you do need to demonstrate that you have actively put effort into gaining some experience in your chosen industry. In order to enable you to do this, The college has partnered with local and national partners to offer some fantastic work experience opportunities.
English & Maths
Our students continue to develop their English and maths skills throughout their time with us. Students that have not yet achieve a 9-4 (A*-C) in GCSE English and maths are able to re-sit these exams alongside their course. Students who have already achieved the required grades will continue to focus on applied English and maths skills relevant to their professional specialism.
Skills for Success
We work in partnership with employers from all different industries to establish and understand the attributes and qualities they are currently looking for in employees. These skills are then embedded into all of our study programmes, enabling our students to develop the essential personal skills and behaviours needed ready to go straight into employment. These skills include: communication, problem-solving, teamwork & leadership, decision-making, responsibility and using your initiative.
Milton Keynes College has invested in state-of-the-art digital technology and has a strong commitment to developing the digital skills of its students and staff.
During the recent lockdown, college classes switched online immediately ensuring minimal disruption to students’ learning. The College could do this because of its use of innovative learning tools such as Microsoft Teams, which allows live lesson conferencing as well as access to interactive learning.
During the academic year 20-21, to ensure our students are safe and able to learn effectively on campus, there will be a small proportion of learning that will be continued to be supported online. Teaching will be delivered in person where we know we can do it safely. We will also provide additional learning online where required, this will be interactive, be guided and supported by your teachers as well as having some self-guided sessions.
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