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A choice of Courses to suit everyone

Types of Courses for you to choose from:

  • A Level Pathways

    We offer unique A Level Programmes known as Pathways. Pathways are currently available for those interested in pursuing a career in Medicine, Technology and Engineering, Business, Health Sciences and Social Sciences. Details of each of these pathways can be found hereThese courses are offered as part of a Study Programme. Please see details below.

  • Apprenticeships

    Another exciting development for the College over the past few years has been the inclusion of Apprenticeships and Traineeships in our curriculum offer. An Apprenticeship can offer you the opportunity to get into work, earn a wage and learn your skills on the job. Please click here for detailed information on our wide range of Apprenticeships.

  • Traineeships

    Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, Maths and English and work experience needed to apply for an Apprenticeship or another job training opportunity. Employers provide the valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme. Please click here for further details.

  • Vocational courses BTEC/VRQ

    The College has specialised in Vocational Courses for several years, which can lead you directly to University, Higher Education courses, Apprenticeships or Employment. Our Vocational Courses are offered at a wide range of levels to suit everyone. Studying on one of our Vocational Courses involves continuous assessment, mainly through coursework, practical work related assignments, work experience, some externally assessed examinations and in some cases online tests. These courses are offered as part of a Study Programme.Please see details below.

    From 2017 the College will be offering the new vocational qualifications which incorporate two different pathways; Applied General qualifications and Tech Level qualifications.

    Applied General qualifications will focus on a broader study of a technical area, not directly linked to an occupation. This qualification will equip learners with transferable knowledge and skills.

    Tech Level qualifications will allow learners wishing to specialise in a specific industry or occupation to develop specialist knowledge and skills.

    We will update our website with additional information about these changes throughout the academic year.

  • 14-16 Courses (Direct Entry)

    The College offers Direct Entry for 14-16 year olds to our John Ruskin College 14-16 School. Please click here to see our curriculum offer.

  • Courses for International Students

    John Ruskin College offers Level 3 qualifications in the following subject areas to non-EU students: A Level Pathways (Medical Sciences, Technology and Engineering, Business, Health Sciences and Social Sciences), Vocational Courses in Business Management, Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Creative Industries, Hair, Beauty and Spa Therapies, Health & Social Care, Science and Sport.

    For further information on course details for International students, application and eligibility criteria please click here or contact Admissions and Customer Services on 0044 (0)20 8651 1131 or email

What is a Study Programme?

A Study Programme is made up of the following four parts:

(This information applies to students who will be studying an A Level Pathway or a Vocational Course).


  • Main Qualification – studying in our industry standard facilities, you will choose either an A Level Pathway or Vocational option that will combine with all other aspects of your Study Programme to advance your chosen career pathway.
  • English and Maths – we provide a high quality learning experience to ensure that every student who hasn’t already achieved a grade C or (grade 4 or 5 under the new GCSE grade boundaries) works towards achieving at least a grade 4 or 5 in English and Maths GCSE, using a range of qualifications.
  • Employability Skills – through a range of innovative and inspirational activities e.g. work placements and skills week, you will be supported to develop essential skills to enhance your employability and progression opportunities.
  • Tutorial – our exemplary tutorial and enrichment package represents a support network to ensure you are given every opportunity to excel and enrich your college experience.

English and Maths

All students who do not have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above or (grade 4 or 5, or above under the new GCSE grade boundaries) will be supported to achieve these. Students who have achieved a grade C or above or grade 4 or 5, or above in Maths may be required to study towards a Level 3 qualification in Maths.

We place strong emphasis on ensuring you are confident to move into the world of work or Higher Education and therefore work with local and national employers to enhance your employability skills. We also build the English and Maths skills that are needed for independent study and to achieve the best degree you can. By having a good English and Maths qualification and developing strong employability skills you will better ensure you achieve your desired progression to further/ higher education/ or employment.

What English and Maths will you study?

This will depend on the qualifications and grades you already have in English and Maths.

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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.