After GCSEs, what next?

After GCSEs, what next?

Unsure of what the future holds after the GCSE exams? Stockport College’s Guidance Team is available over the phone and at open events to discuss the wide range of options to support you and your family.

Last year, Stockport College was proud to have offered pathways to the 68% of students who achieved a grade 4/C for Maths and English combined*, but also to the four out of every ten young people who got below the pass threshold.

As well as offering GCSE preparatory programmes, Stockport College offers school-leavers the chance to study academic or vocational qualifications – or a mix of both – which progress learners from entry level right through to degree standard. This academic year, Stockport College joined forces with Trafford College to provide even more opportunities for young people to take their studies higher.

Experts from Stockport College’s Apprenticeship Team are based on site to guide you through each level of on-the-job training young people can receive in order to earn while they learn with some of the region’s top employers. As well as offering bespoke training at Manchester Airport Academy, Trafford College Group also provides a range of retail opportunities through Intu Trafford Centre Skills Shop.

Careers and Guidance Team Leader Helen Woodward said: “At Stockport College we believe that every learner should have the opportunity to continue their education regardless of ability or circumstance, and we have a range of pathways that suit all interests and learning needs.”

This year Stockport College Light Vehicle Maintenance Level 2 student Dominika Drabinova became one of our rising young stars, winning one of our coveted Apprenticeship Awards for her perseverance in a male dominated industry following a motorbike accident.

Students with specific needs receive access to a wide range of support services from Day One of enrolment. Our friendly pastoral staff are on hand for student mentoring, help with accessing financial support and for course and careers advice.

Helen added: “We don’t expect everyone to have a fixed career idea when they start with us. The most important thing is to make a start. Follow your interests, follow your dreams and make use of all the services that are available to enable us to help you develop your goals and make these a reality

Stockport College’s Guidance Team is available on (0161) 296 5000 and at our next open event at Wellington Road South on Wednesday 25th September, 4.30pm - 7.30pm.