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Choice of Courses on offer

Types of Courses for you to choose from:

  • Apprenticeships

    John Ruskin College has had an established Apprenticeship provision for several years and is now working with a range of Levy – paying employers, using the Apprenticeship Levy model so it can continue to deliver an exciting variety of Apprenticeships. Please see details in our Apprenticeships section.

  • 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 develop the skills, knowledge and attributes that employers need in the modern work place.

    These courses are offered as part of a Study Programme. Please see details below.

  • ESOL courses

    We offer ESOL courses from pre-entry level to entry level 3. ESOL at John Ruskin College offers you a dynamic and professional approach to learning; speaking and listening, reading and writing. 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 Vocational Courses in the future.

  • Key Stage 4 ESOL and Vocational Pathway

    This Pathway has been specifically designed to support entry at year 11 for ESOL students who will have the unique opportunity to complete a programme which focuses on development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills so that they are prepared for their next step in education, training or employment. This programme is delivered in partnership with Croydon Council.

    See details in our Key Stage 4 ESOL and Vocational Pathway section.

What is a Study Programme?

A Study Programme is made up of the following parts:

(This information only applies to students who will be studying on a Vocational Course).

study programme 2017

  • Main Qualification – studying in our Industry Standard facilities, you will choose a vocational option that will combine with all 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 4/C or above works towards at least achieving a grade 4 in English and Maths GCSE. Most of our students will be doing GCSE; some may be on Functional Skills as a stepping stone to prepare for GCSE.
  • Work Experience – All students will complete Work Experience as part of their Study Programme. Students get to work for top local companies that are based In Croydon and the surrounding areas. Many have moved on to employment or an Apprenticeship with them as a result.
  • Tutorial – Our effective tutorial system ensures that learners meet or exceed their individual targets to achieve their Study Programmes and progress to their next chosen step.

English and Maths

All students who do not have GCSE English and Maths at grade 4/C or above will be well prepared to achieve these. Students who have achieved a grade 4/C or above in Maths may have the opportunity 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 (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. These are the same skills that employers need you to have to add to the success of their businesses.

What English and Maths will you study?

This will depend on the qualifications and grades you already have in English and Maths, as stated in the diagram below.


To ensure clarity, we have included both the old and new grade boundaries.


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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.