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Student observing remote control car

14-16 Provision

South West College has a proud history of working with schools to develop an exciting and innovative vocational curriculum.

What's it all about?

In 2006 the Department of Education launched an Education Order (The Entitlement Framework) which encouraged schools to provide a wider and extensive range or courses in all Post Primary Schools. A direct result of this was the establishment of Learning Communities throughout the Province. Colleges became an integral part of these Communities and they offered to provide a range of vocational subjects that schools could feed into. This extended curriculum offered to all schools helps schools meet the targets set out in the Entitlement Framework, but more importantly, equips young people for the ever-changing demands of the modern workplace.

The South West College serves schools from four Area Learning Communities:

What courses does the College offer?

The subjects offered are usually of a vocational nature and are delivered in environments that reflect the workplaces that many students will move onto on completion of their studies.

Schools working in partnership with South West College promote these Level 2 and Level 3 Courses which help enhance the experience of students while they work in workshops, restaurants, and media suites etc. which are fully equipped to modern industrial standards.

All of the colleges take in students from a full range of schools and colleges, so young people have the added opportunity to be taught in classes with students from all sections of the community.

Year 11 & 12 Students

  • Occupational Studies Courses are vocational based and the courses do not have any theory exam.
  • BTEC Level 2 are also vocational in nature but do have an exam component.

Year 13 & 14 Students

  • Post 16 courses are mostly BTEC Level 3 Courses which are equivalent to A levels.
  • Some courses are delivered as standard AS and A levels.

I really looked forward to going to the college, the lecturer was so supportive of my interest in filmmaking and the equipment was mind blowing

For further information about any of the courses or how to get involved with the programme please contact:

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