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"Staff provide effective information, advice and guidance that support students well and enable them to progress to further learning and employment. Many 16- to 19-year-old study programme students progress to a higher level of study..." - Ofsted 2017

St Helens College proudly offers several progression routes. From apprentices to academics, we are committed to maximising our students’ potential. They achieve great things.

Students can join us full-time, at the age of 14 to complete Years 10 and 11, continue onto St Helens College to study A levels, a Vocational/BTEC course, or an apprenticeship and then undertake a first class undergraduate degree at University Centre St Helens.

Hard work, effort and commitment from students, combined with our dedication to excellence, experienced staff and world class facilities mean students have the best chance to reach their full potential at St Helens College.

Meet our Students:

Olivia Hurst

Olivia Hurst
Travel and Tourism

Progressed into a full-time career with British Airways.

"My course has provided me with such a wide range of career progression opportunities and with the dedicated support from my tutors, I have secured my dream job as Cabin Crew with British Airways, starting this summer."

Flávio Ferreira

Flávio Ferreira
University Centre St Helens

Progressed from level 3 Media to a Graphic Design degree.

"My decision to stay and progress to University Centre St Helens was simple. I knew the teaching staff, the environment and understood that you get a much more personalised learning environment compared to that of a larger university."

Hannah Grant

Hannah Grant
A level Academy

Plans to progress from A level Law, Business and Religious Studies to a degree in Law.

"I wanted a new experience and to make new friends in a new environment and the A Level Academy at St Helens College has provided me with exactly that."

Hannah McCormick

Hannah McCormick
University Centre St Helens

Plans to progress from her foundation degree to the top-up to gain honours.

“At University Centre St Helens you receive more contact time than you would in a large scale university setting. Lecturers are always accessible to students and are always on hand to support you.”

Cameron Stephenson

Cameron Stephenson
Mechanical Engineering

Progressed from a level 3 course to launch his own business.

"It was really interesting to be in a new environment, meeting new people, making new friends and getting to know tutors. I loved the practical, hands-on side of it, in particular, advanced turning and milling."

Sarah Eccelston

Sarah Eccleston
Beauty Therapy

Progressed from a level 2 Beauty course to a level 3 Nail course.

"I decided to study at St Helens College because it has such a wide range of hair and beauty courses on offer, plus there are lots of progression opportunities to enable you to specialise in a particular field."

Lauren Ellis

Lauren Ellis
St Helens College 14-16 Academy

Plans to progress onto a Travel and Tourism course at St Helens College.

"I am really enjoying St Helens College 14-16 Academy, each class is so different; my grades have improved massively in such a short space of time."

Nathan Holland

Nathan Holland
Apprenticeship

Progressed from a level 3 Apprenticeship onto a Higher Apprenticeship.

"I enjoyed my apprenticeship because it allowed me to tackle and overcome new challenges on a daily basis. I also got to work with industry leading professionals who I could learn so much from."

Sam Welsh

Sam Welsh
St Helens College 14-16 Academy

Plans to progress into a trade in the construction industry.

"It's great having the opportunity to take part in practical lessons alongside my usual GCSE subjects. It keeps things interesting and also gives me an idea of what it's like to work in the industry."