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15th August 2019

Choosing to continue studying after A Levels doesn’t mean having to go straight to university!   

City of Wolverhampton College offers a range of alternative options to enable students to develop the skills and knowledge they need for their future career.  

Whether it’s gaining practical skills in areas such as construction, computing, creative arts, early years, engineering, health and social care, motor vehicle, sport or teachingor combining earning and learning by working for an employer with studying for an industry-recognised qualification on an apprenticeship scheme, there’s a course for everyone.   

What’s more, with over 30 higher education courses on offer – including HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees – students can choose to study for a university-level qualification at a far lower cost than following the traditional degree route.   

But less cost doesn’t mean less quality – with industry-standard facilities, flexible study options to fit around work and family commitments, highly qualified professional staff, and courses developed in conjunction with employers, students develop skills to enhance their future prospects and enable them to excel in their chosen career. 

College offers route to university 

After doing the first year of A Levels in her school’s sixth form, Becky Clewlow decided the route wasn’t for her, so she signed up for the Level 3 diploma in games design at college instead.  

Just four years later, having also completed the HND in Creative Media Production (Games Design), she is now in the final year of a BA in Computer Games Design at the University of Wolverhampton. 

Becky, aged 22, said: “I opted to do the HND at college rather than going straight to university as it meant that I could continue to be taught by the college tutors who are amazing! 

“And completing the HND meant that I could do a one-year top-up course at the University of Wolverhampton which has worked out much cheaper than doing a three-year degree.” 

Higher education qualification leads to industry job 

Studying for the two-year HND in Music (Live Sound and Events) has enabled 21-year-old Zach Zangaro to get his “dream job” as a crew member for a company which runs seminars and events. 

Zach said: “I feel so lucky to have found this job as it’s a hard industry to get into. I have been able to put nearly every skill I learnt at college into what I’m doing now, so I feel very confident when I’m doing my job. 

“There are many ways to become successful and get into the career you want – it feels incredible to be working in the industry now, it’s my dream job!”  

 Advice on next steps  

To get advice on study options available after A Levels, discuss next steps and the best routes into different careers, drop-in to the Paget Road campus on Thursday 15 August, 9am-7pm, or Friday 16 August, 9am-5pm, and have a chat to a member of the college’s careers guidance team.    

Take a look at all courses and qualifications offered by the college here or call Tel: 01902 836000 

City of Wolverhampton College is great alternative to university
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