Whether you want to progress onto university, move into employment or undertake an apprenticeship, we will help you on your journey to go further in life. There is no right or wrong answer when choosing the qualifications that will sit within your study programme – it all depends on what suits you as a learner.

You can take up to three A-levels, one vocational course or an apprenticeship. Our Advice and Guidance Centre can provide advice on which style of course or subject combinations may be most suitable for you.


A-levels are suitable if you enjoy academic study and are considering going on to university. A-levels provide subject opportunities that you may not have been able to study at GCSE level. They are a Level 3 programme, take two years to complete and are assessed by end of year exams.
You are also encouraged to get involved in one of our Academies to help further develop your studies. Take a look at the A-levels available at Petroc.


Vocational programmes focus on both practical and theoretical elements and are available at Levels 1, 2 or 3.
You will be required to undertake a range of examinations and assessments. You will also be expected to carry out work experience or industrial placements. Level 1 and 2 courses last for one year, but you can usually progress onto a higher level upon completion. Level 3 vocational courses usually run for two years and are equivalent to three A-levels. You can progress to university, apprenticeships or employment. Discover more about our vocational courses.


Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn by receiving a salary whilst also studying at college. An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills and knowledge development programme. It gives you the perfect combination of hands-on experience whilst understanding behaviours expected at work. Find out more about apprenticeships.