It can sometimes be overwhelming at a young age to make such important decisions regarding a career but A-levels can provide ideal insights into working or studying in a chosen subject. A-levels are usually for 16-18 year olds. Find out about our Penybont 6th Form College.
Entry courses are available at Levels; 1,2 and 3. These courses are ideal if you have no previous qualifications or experience in a chosen field and give you the opportunity to progress to higher levels of study. See our Entry courses here.
A Diploma can be worth up to 37 credits or more, with a level 3 worth 90 credits. Diplomas are offered in a wide range of course areas, full and part-time and can be studied at various levels. Click here to find out what Diploma courses we have available.
You don’t always need to go to University to get a degree. Bridgend College is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales (USW) and works in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University (Cardiff Met). Click here for Degree courses
If you are already employed and would like to improve your skills and knowledge to progress in your chosen career, then an apprenticeship could be the perfect route for you. Apprentices cover both on the job training as well as classroom learning at college. Click here to find out more.
Access to HE
An Access to Higher Education course is a course that aims to prepare you for a qualification at degree level. If you’d like to go to University but have no previous qualifications then an Access to HE course can provide you with the right knowledge and qualifications. View our Access to HE courses here.
A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a vocational qualification at Level 5. A full-time HND usually takes two years to complete, or three years part-time. Click here to find out what HND courses we offer.
A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is one level below a HND and usually takes two years to complete part-time. You may have the option to top up a HNC to a HND at a later date. Click here for all courses.
Foundation degrees are ideal if you’re unsure about taking a full degree or if you want to study while you work. Whether you’re working in or towards the role now, you can gain professional and technical skills to further your career – within a shorter time frame than a full degree. Click here for all Foundation Degree courses.
These qualifications are aimed at potential and practicing teachers, trainers within the further, adult and vocational education sector:
Certificates are offered by a number of different bodies. They could be short, specific skills courses, or awarded as a stepping-stone on a diploma course.
An award is typically a shorter qualification type, with fewer units than a certificate or diploma. Awarding bodies cover a range of levels and subjects. View our courses here.
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) are work-based courses for a particular industry or sector, providing direct skills and experience for relevant jobs. Find your ideal course here.
Short courses can be taken across a wide range of subjects, and often provide you with industry relevant training or qualifications required for a specific job. Click here for our short courses.
A Professional qualification is usually a vocational qualification that involves an element of practical training. These courses are ideal if you want to improve your skills within a specific industry. View our Professional courses here.