Leaving School?

We offer a wide range of high-quality academic and vocational study programmes in a caring and supportive environment.

Whether you’re aiming for university, want to train while working or are looking to turn a passion into a career, we’re sure to have the right course for you.

At Petroc, we’re all about giving you the time, space and resources to achieve. We’re here to help you be the best you can be, at whatever you choose to do.

Whatever you’re looking for after school, the adventure starts here!

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 Level 6 work-related degree or Higher Level Apprenticeship. 

There are almost 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.

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.

According to Alps, the highly-regarded data analysis body, Petroc is in the top 20% in the country when it comes to the value added to students who study at A-level - enabling them to achieve far beyond their expectations and predictions.

You can choose up to three A-levels from our selection of courses. When you plan your programme think carefully about the subjects you enjoy most, 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 to further support your studies.

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 full mock exams will also be undertaken.

How do we support you?

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.

You will be taught a minimum of four-and-a-half hours a week for each of your subjects. 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!

Most 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 Medics academy and Vetmed academy if you are hoping to become a doctor or a vet.

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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.


Diplomas, UALs, 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. Teaching is through project work and taught by tutors with industry experience.

Vocational courses are work-related qualifications and are the equivalent to GSCE (Levels 1-2), A-levels (Level 3) and university degrees (Level 4-7).

Unlike traditional modes of study, Vocational courses provide a fine-tuned 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 students have the experience of the working world without having sacrificing any of the essential theory.

The skills developed give learners a wide variety of options available upon completion of their course, ranging from the working world, university-level courses or even an advanced vocational course.

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, and Nationals

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.

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.

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

Business, Computing and Finance

Introduction to IT - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB283
Business with Enterprise - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB058
Business Enterprise BTEC Technical - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB343
Business & Administration BTEC Technical - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB294
Information & Creative Technology - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB061
IT & Computing - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT034
Business - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB059
Information Technology - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB062
Business - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT033
IT & Computing - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT035

Construction and Plumbing

Construction Multi-Trades - Entry Level 3 - North Devon - FTB156
Bricklaying - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB118
Carpentry & Joinery - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB123
Furniture Making - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB234
Painting & Decorating - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB063
Plastering - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB177
Plumbing Studies - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB096
Plumbing Studies - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT060
Bricklaying - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT074
Carpentry & Joinery - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT080
Construction Skills - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT119
Bricklaying - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB121
Furniture Making - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB140
Painting & Decorating - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB064
Plastering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB120
Plumbing Studies - Level 2 North Devon - FTB097
Wood Occupations - Bench Joinery - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB124
Wood Occupations - Site Carpentry - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB125
Plumbing Studies - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT061
Bricklaying - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT198
Architecture, Surveying & The Built Environment - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB056
Architecture, Surveying & The Built Environment - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT201

Education, Childcare & Social Care

Engineering, Electrical

Electrical Installations - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB068
Electrical Installations - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB069
Engineering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB070
Electrical - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT041
Engineering - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT202
Engineering - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB071
Engineering - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT155

Foundation Learning

Career Skills - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB087
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
Entry to Employment - Entry Level - Mid Devon - FTT054
Career Skills 1 - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT055
Career Skills 2 - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT147
Traineeships - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT088

Hair and Beauty 

Hair & Beauty - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB218
Barbering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB219
Beauty Therapy - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB049
Hairdressing - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB165
Make-up Retail and Artistry - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB050
Beauty Therapy - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT027
Hairdressing - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT046
Advanced Barbering - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB335
Advanced Hairdressing Level 3 - North Devon - FTB077
Body and Spa Therapy Level 3 - North Devon - FTB210
Media Make-up & Hair Level 3 - North Devon - FTB139
Hairdressing - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT204
Nail Technology - Level 3Mid Devon - FTT029

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
Advanced Professional Cookery - Level 3 - Mid Devon - PTT162

Motor Vehicle

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

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

Science & Sports Science 

Applied Science - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB100
Applied Science - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT064
Sport & Exercise Science - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT156

Sport, Health & Fitness

Supported Learning

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

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.