As one of the largest Colleges in the North West, we offer hundreds of different courses and have unique facilities and highly experienced tutors. You could choose from A levels, Vocational/BTEC courses, Traineeships and Apprenticeships all offering progression on to a number of pathways to help you achieve your dream career.
You will learn in our state-of-the-art facilities and learning spaces to ensure that we give you the ultimate student experience! In the last year alone we have invested over £7million in our STEM Centre and Town Centre Campuses including revamping our libraries, introducing Starbucks and further investment in IT resources.
With so many subjects to choose from, we can definitely offer you a course that matches your future plans and aspirations – whether you want to go on to university, earn while you learn with an apprenticeship or be well-equipped to secure that dream job.
Our tutors are true industry experts, experienced teachers but complemented with experience of working in industry with amazing employer links. They provide a supportive, nurturing learning experience. Their high expectations and inspirational teaching ensures that every student excels and reaches their full potential.
At St Helens College, we have options to suit all students depending on how you like to study, the kind of person you are and where you want to go in the future.
Vocational courses are one or two-year courses and could be the right fit for you if you know which area you would like to work in. They also allow you to choose one subject, to study full-time. Vocational courses are often called BTECs, Certificates or Diplomas, and they are great if you enjoy working in a practical way as you will spend lots of time learning the skills needed to be successful in your chosen career. These courses are as valuable as A levels and still give you the opportunity to go to university, complete an apprenticeship or secure employment.
A levels are a more traditional, direct route to university and could be the right fit for you if you enjoyed studying GCSEs, don’t mind sitting exams and are good at researching topics. They also allow you to choose three subjects to study and these will take you two years to complete with exams at the end of your second year. Studying A levels shows employers that you are capable of thinking and working at an advanced level, and will also enable you to keep your career options open. A levels give you the opportunity to progress on to university, a higher apprenticeship or into employment.
Traineeships are work placements and a great stepping stone to help you gain the skills needed to move onto an apprenticeship or employment. They usually take around 6 weeks to complete and based on your attendance, you may also receive £25 a week to cover your travel costs.
Apprenticeships combine working and studying together so that you can earn your own wage and gain relevant work-related qualifications and experience. Each apprenticeship programme is different and can take around 1 to 4 years to complete. Once you have completed an apprenticeship, you will then have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship, secure employment, gain additional qualifications and even move on to degree level study.
Preparation for Employment
If you are unemployed, haven’t decided what job you would like in the future or are looking to gain some qualifications, we have a range of programmes for you to choose from such as the Prince’s Trust Team Programme and Directions.
These are short programmes which will enable you to gain a qualification that will help you to prepare for further study or work. We have start dates throughout the year. These are a great starting point if you haven't met the entry requirements for another course that you wanted to study.