Leaving School?

Please note: Following updated guidance from the Government, Petroc has moved to online learning with no college attendance.


Welcome to our School Leavers page.  If you are currently in Year 11 and have not yet applied for a college course in September 2020, or are still looking at your options, we can help!

Below you will find search tabs to help you explore the two full-time options at college; A-levels and Vocational courses. Click on each area to start exploring the programmes available to you.

On the right hand side you can also find information on Apprenticeships, as well as other key pages that contain important links and information to help you prepare for college. 

If you would like to speak to us, why not book you an Advice and Guidance appointment and one of our friendly and experienced advisors will contact you, at a time that suits you. Book your appointment.

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Click on the A-level or Vocational buttons below, or view our interactive guides to find out more.


In order to study A-levels, you will need to hold a minimum of GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 alongside three other GCSEs at Grade 4 or above. Some A-level subjects will require higher grades in certain areas and these will be discussed with you at interview.

A-levels are studied over two years which enables you to become immersed in your chosen subjects, studying them in depth. This level of study prepares you for the academic rigours of university and could also prepare you for a work-related degree or Higher Level Apprenticeship.

There are 30 A-level subjects for you to choose from; all are designed to inspire and challenge you whilst also preparing you for university and your future career. From September 2020, Petroc will be offering a range of STEM A-levels to students at our Mid Devon campus

Our pass rate is currently above 99% and puts us well above the national average. Over half of our A-levels are achieved at grade A*, A or B.

You can choose three A-levels from our selection of courses. When you plan your programme think carefully about your academic strengths and the subjects which will complement each other and will help to you when you are applying for university courses or future jobs. You will be interviewed by an A-level expert who will be able to guide you in your subject choices and combinations. You may also wish to join our Academic Academy or our VetMed Academy to further support your studies.

From September 2020, Petroc will be offering a range of STEM A-levels to students at our Mid Devon campus. You can choose a combination of three A-levels, or two A-levels and one BTEC Diploma. View your course options.

You will be able to discuss your subject choices at interview. 

There will be at least two exams per subject at the end of your second year. Regular assessments through the two years will take place to assess progress and mock exams will also be undertaken.

Our courses are taught by specialist A-level staff who will help you to gain the best results you possibly can. Your personal tutor is a really important part of your life at Petroc; they will have regular meetings with you to ensure that you have settled in well and are making good progress in all your subjects. You will also have group tutorials where you study topics such as study skills, time management and planning your future. We are proud to have a number of PhD qualified staff in a range of subjects including a Nobel Prize winner.

You will study for four-and-a-half hours a week for each of your subjects. You will also be expected to self-study and complete assignments in addition to this time. You will also have tutorial time and some time when you can get involved in Sport and enrichment activities. Most students will also have about six hours a week of study periods – good preparation for studying at university!

80% of our students progress to university after A-levels. Your tutor will be expert in the UCAS process and will help you with planning your university choices, completing your application and writing your personal statement. Our students have gone on to study everything for Anthropology to Zoology all over the UK and we have a great track record in helping our students get into top universities and competitive courses. Make sure you ask about our VetMed academy if you are hoping to become a doctor, dentist, other medical professional or a vet.

Begin your course search...

You can search for your course online or find it in our interactive prospectus.

Applying for a course is just like shopping online. Search for the A-level you are looking for, hit the green 'Apply Now' button and the course will be added to your basket. Don't be worried about using the back button or leaving the site. Once you've added a course to your basket it will stay there until you decide to complete your application. When you're basket is full you will be asked to proceed to the course checkout where you will fill out our online application form.

A-level SubjectCampus
Art, Craft & Design A-level - FTB003 North Devon
Biology A-level - FTB004 North Devon
Biology A-level - FTT234 Mid Devon
Business A-level - FTB341 North Devon
Chemistry A-level - FTB005 North Devon
Chemistry A-level - FTT234 Mid Devon
Classical Civilisation A-level - FTB007 North Devon
Computer Science A-level - FTB264 North Devon
Economics A-level - FTB010 North Devon
English Literature A-level - FTB013 North Devon
English Language A-level - FTB012 North Devon
Environmental Science A-level - FTB014 North Devon
French A-level - FTB015 North Devon
Further Mathematics A-level - FTB027 North Devon
Geography A-level - FTB016 North Devon
Health & Social Care BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma - FTB020 North Devon
History A-level - FTB021 North Devon
Mathematics A-level - FTB026 North Devon
Mathematics A-level - FTT234 Mid Devon
Music A-level - FTB293 North Devon
Mid Devon A-levels - FTT234 Mid Devon
Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC Certificate-Subsidiary Diploma - FTB030 North Devon
Perfortming Arts (Dance) BTEC Certificate-Subsidiary Diploma - FTB031 North Devon
Politics A-level - FTB260 North Devon
Psychology A-level - FTB036 North Devon
Physics A-level - FTB035 North Devon
Physics A-level - FTT234 Mid Devon
Sociology A-level - FTB037 North Devon
Sport BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate - FTB197 North Devon
Law A-level - FTB025 North Devon


Diplomas, BTECs and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are designed to help you learn in a practical way about a specific job area. They can help you get the skills you need to start a job, progress in a career or go on to higher levels of education. 

Unlike traditional modes of study, vocational courses provide an employer-led mix of theoretical and practical work to serve as a suitable choice for a wide range of students. They serve a practical and real-world approach to learning, ensuring you have the experience of the working world without sacrificing any of the essential theoretical understanding.

The skills developed upon completion of your course will provide you with a wide variety of options including employment, university-level courses and degree level apprenticeships.

A Vocational course is a fantastic choice for a number of reasons. Not only are they held in high regard by schools, colleges, universities and employers the world over, they've also been developed collaboratively by key industry representatives and the sector skills council; this means that the content is up-to-date alongside key developments in the industry.

Finally, the structure means it's fantastic for those who feel pressurised by exams through the traditional mode of study. A number of units are based on real-life work experiences, providing an alternative opportunity to show your skills and knowledge.

Vocational qualifications are available in seven levels ranging from Introductory Diplomas and Certificates to Advanced Diplomas, Certificates and Awards.

Within each level, the qualifications are available in a range of sizes, taking different amounts of time to complete.

Level 1 - Introductory Diplomas and Certificates.

The Level 1 courses help to provide the basic knowledge and skills needed to do a certain job.

Level 2 - First Diplomas and Certificates

Slightly more advanced, the Level 2 offers a higher level of knowledge and understanding of a subject, as well as the ability to perform a variety of tasks with guidance or supervision. This experience can be vital when applying for jobs.

Level 3 - Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

This level allows the learner to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding, at a detailed level. It could be appropriate if you plan to go to university, work independently, or (in some cases) supervise and train others in their field of work.

Level 4 - Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Requiring specialist knowledge, Level 4 courses typically involve detailed analysis and expert knowledge in an area of work or study. This level of course is appropriate for those working in technical or professional jobs, management or even training others.

Level 5 - Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Involving an even higher level of expertise and providing the learner with a competence in managing and training others, this level aims to further develop a knowledge and understanding in a particular field. It also gives appropriate experience so the learner can respond appropriately to complex problems and situations, making it a perfect level for those looking to become a higher grade technician, manager or other role in a professional capacity.

Level 6 - Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Level 6 Vocational Courses ensure the learner can develop a high-level knowledge in an area of work or study, enabling them to use their own ideas and research in response to troublesome situations. We recommend this level for those in professional management positions or those working alongside knowledge-based professionals.

Level 7 - Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Level 7 is currently the highest level of study in the Vocational programme, and upon completion learners are highly developed and hold a complex level of knowledge in their desired field. It’s an appropriate course for both managers and professionals at a senior level, particularly as the skills offered enables the learner to develop original responses to unpredictable situations.

Level 3 vocational qualifications are generally equivalent to three A-levels. Work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS calculator.

Below is a list of Level 3 Vocational courses. To search for Vocational courses at all levels click below.

Course Search

Animal Care

Land Based Studies - Animal - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB132
Animal Care- Level 2 - North Devon - FTB043
Animal Management - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB044

Art & Design

Art & Design - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB045
Art & Design - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT024
Creative Media Production & Technology - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB268
Art & Design - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB047
Art & Design - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT026
Creative Media Production & Technology - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB265
Art & Design (Foundation Diploma) - Level 3/4 - North Devon - FTB046
Art & Design (Foundation Diploma) - Level 3/4 - Mid Devon - FTT025

Business and Finance

Business - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB058
Business & Administration BTEC Technical - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB294
Business - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB059
Business - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT033


Introduction to IT - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB283
Information & Creative Technology - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB061
IT & Computing - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT034
Information Technology - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB062
IT & Computing - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT035


Bricklaying - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB118
Bricklaying - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT074
Carpentry & Joinery - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB123
Carpentry & Joinery - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT080
Construction Multi-Trades - Entry Level 3 - North Devon - FTB156
Construction Multi-Trades - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT119
Furniture Making - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB234
Painting & Decorating - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB063
Plastering - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB177
Bricklaying - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB121
Bricklaying - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT198
Furniture Making - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB140
Painting & Decorating - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB064
Plastering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB120
Wood Occupations - Bench Joinery - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB124
Wood Occupations - Site Carpentry - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB125
Architecture, Surveying & The Built Environment - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB056
Architecture, Surveying & The Built Environment - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT201

Education & Childcare

Caring for Children - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB133
Childcare - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT154
Supporting Teaching & Learning (Teaching Assistant) - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB109
Supporting Teaching & Learning (Teaching Assistant) - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT126
Working with Children in Early Years Primary Setting - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB065
Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator) - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT161
Children's Play, Learning & Development - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB067
Support for Teaching & Learning (Teaching Assistant) - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB110
Support for Teaching & Learning (Teaching Assistant) - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT205
Health & Social Care - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB319

Electrical & Plumbing

Electrical Installations - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB068
Plumbing Studies - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB096
Plumbing Studies - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT060
Electrical Installations - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB069
Electrical Instalaltions - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT041
Plumbing Studies - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB097
Plumbing Studies - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT061


Engineering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB070
Engineering - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT202
Engineering - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB071
Engineering - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT155

Foundation Learning

Entry to Employment - Entry Level - Mid Devon - FTT054
Career Skills - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB087
Career Skills 1 - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT055
Career Skills 2 - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT147
Entry to Employment - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB086
Guidance & Transition - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB085
Prince's Trust Team Programme - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB164

Hair and Beauty

Hair & Beauty - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB218
Barbering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB219
Beauty Therapy - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB049
Beauty Therapy - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT027
Hairdressing - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB165
Hairdressing - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT045
Make-up Retail and Artistry - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB050
Advanced Barbering - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB335
Advanced Hairdressing - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB077
Advanced Hairdressing - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT204
Body and Spa Therapy- Level 3 - North Devon - FTB210
Beauty Therapy - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT216
Media Make-up - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB139
Nail Technology - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT029

Health and Social Care

Health & Social Care - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB319
Health & Social Care - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB079
Health & Social Care - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB080
Health & Social Care - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT049

Hospitality & Catering

Hospitality & Catering - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB081
Hospitality & Catering - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT050
Hospitality & Catering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB082
Hospitality & Catering - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT051
Hospitality & Catering - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB084

Motor Vehicle

Transport Maintenance - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB111
Transport Maintenance - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT070
Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB113
Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT071
Vehicle Accident Repair - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB114
Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB328
Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT073

Music & Performing Arts

Performing Arts - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB093
RSL Music Practitioners - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB088
Performing Arts - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB094
Performing Arts (Dance) - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB095
RSL Music Performance- Level 3 - North Devon - FTB089
RSL Music Technology - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB090

Public Services and Outdoor Adventure

Active Studies - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB134
Public Services - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB098
Outdoor Adventure - North Devon - Level 3 - FTB092
Public Services (Uniformed) - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB099


Applied Science - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB100
Applied Science - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT064

Sport, Health & Fitness

Health, Fitness & Exercise Instruction - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB072
Sport - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB101
Fitness Instructing Leading to Personal Training (18+ only) - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB073
Personal Training Diploma & Sports Massage - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB074
Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB102
Fitness Instructing Leading to Personal Training - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT236
Sports Massage - Level 3/4 - North Devon - FTB325

Supported Learning

16-18 Transition- Entry Level - Mid Devon - FTT067
17+ Project Life - Entry Level - Mid Devon - FTT066
Preparation for Adulthood - Entry Level - North Devon - FTB300
17+ Project Life - Supported Internship - Entry Level - Mid Devon - FTT131
Progression into Adulthood - Entry Level - North Devon - FTB301
Project Search - Entry Level - North Devon - FTB244
Supported Internship - Entry Level - North Devon - FTB243

Travel & Tourism

Travel & Tourism - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB116
Travel & Tourism - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB117

Interested in learning more about our full range of courses? Click here to view interactive versions of our guides.