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Choosing your Course

Choose a course that is right for you

  • Apprenticeships

    John Ruskin College has had an established Apprenticeship provision for several years. If you choose an Apprenticeship you will work towards a nationally recognised vocational qualification. Employers recognise and value an Apprenticeship as it shows you have been trained in the skills they need.

    Apprenticeships are designed by employers in the industry so they offer a structured programme that introduces you to the necessary skills needed to do a job well. Some of your training will be at College where you will gain the essential knowledge and skills relevant to your job role.

  • BTECs

    These vocational qualifications can lead you directly to University, Higher Education courses, apprenticeships or employment. These courses develop the skills, knowledge and attributes that employers need in the modern work place.

    They are offered in a wide selection of subjects at a range of levels to suit everyone.

    BTEC Level 2 Diplomas and Extended Certificates enable you to progress into employment or study at the higher level of the Extended Diploma. The Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is a preferred route to University for many students.

    The courses includes a combination of theory and practice including: continuous assessment (mainly through coursework); practical workrelated assignments; work experience (in some cases mandatory work placements); externally assessed examinations; and online tests.

  • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

    We offer ESOL Courses from Pre- Entry to Entry Level 3. ESOL at John Ruskin College offers you a dynamic approach to learning; speaking and listening, reading and writing. You will be assessed before starting to ensure you are placed on the right level course. Our highly qualified teachers will enable you to achieve English and Maths qualifications at the appropriate level for you which will provide you with the skills you need to progress to our other courses in the future.

  • English/Maths GCSE or functional skills

    You will study these as part of your study programme if you have not already achieved a grade 4/C. We place strong emphasis on ensuring you are confident to move in to the world of work via Apprenticeship or Higher Education and therefore work with local and national employers to enhance your work readiness. We also build the English and Maths skills that are needed for independent study and to achieve the best degree you can.

Progression Routes

Your Study Programme

When you join the College, you are signing up for more than just a qualification; your study programme is made up of the following key elements:

Your chosen subject qualification.

  • English and Maths – where this has not been achieved at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).
  • Work Experience – to help you adapt to the working environment.
  • Tutorial – our effective tutorial system ensures you meet or exceed your individual targets so you can progress to your next chosen step.
  • Enrichment – a variety of opportunities including trips, visits and activities to enhance your CV.


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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.