We offer a wide range of different course types. Many of our courses are vocational and practical, for example beauty therapy, plumbing and fashion retail. We also offer GCSEs and A levels via our 6th Form Centre. Our full-time 16-18 students are enrolled onto our GREAT Ambitions Study Programme - which includes essential maths, English and digital skills, work experience, employability skills and much more.
Your Study Programme
What is the Aylesbury College Study Programme?
- Your Chosen Vocational Programme
- Essential English
- Real Work Experience
- Essential Maths
- Growth Mind-Set
- Targets for Successful Outcomes
Aylesbury College’s unique study programme is known as GREAT Ambitions.
Studying English and Maths
The Government has decided that continued study of English and Maths is a conditon of funding for all 16-18 year olds on Full-time courses.
Here are some examples*:
- Students who have obtained a GCSE grade A-C in English and Maths will be timetabled to complete on-line Applied Mathematics and English (AME) which stretches and challenges them beyond their current level of knowledge
- Students with a GCSE grade D in Maths or a Level 2 Functional Skills will be enrolled onto GCSE Maths
- Students with Level 1 Functional Skills in English or Maths or GCSEs below a grade D will be individually assessed to ascertain whether they should be enrolled onto GCSEs or Functional Skills
*All students will be individually assesed to ensure that they are placed on the most appropriate course
Modes of Study
If you choose to study on a full-time basis, you will be enrolled in our GREAT Ambitions Study Programme. You will normally be expected to be in classes for three or four days a week, Monday to Friday for 40 weeks. Studying full-time will generally allow you to complete your Study Programme or qualification in the shortest period of time. Most full-time programmes start in September.
The College offers a range of courses available on a part-time basis where you can study at your own pace, often alongside full-time students. The main difference between a full-time and part-time course is that you will attend fewer classes each week and will spread your study over a longer period of time.
Part-time courses offer the flexibility that allows you to design a programme of study which suits your own individual requirements. You can decide the number of hours you want to give to your studies each term or decide to switch to full-time learning at a later date.
Online and Blended Courses
Specific short courses are available online and can be accessed from any internet connection.
Aylesbury College also offers some online courses or a blend of online and in the College classes. The College continues to develop its on-line offering, in various levels as well as professional development courses.
For more information on course type and mode of study please click here.
How often do students attend classes?
Students are timetabled to attend English & Maths classes every week. GCSE subjects are timetabled for one and half hours twice a week and functional skills classes are one and half hours per week for each subject.
What are the benefits of improving English & Maths?
English and Maths skills are invaluable for students’ futures, no matter what they are aiming for. A good command of numeracy and the spoken and written word will help students every day – and benefit all their other subjects too. It is expected that students will also be able to apply their improved skills, knowledge and prior learning to great effect, thus preparing them for the next stage in their education, training or employment.