Careers Not Courses

Together, We are changing education. It's about careers, not courses!

Newbury College and University Centre Newbury are part of the same family. Offering high-quality, vocational training that supports your learning and career development through each stage of your journey.

Our career-based curriculums are led by employers and designed to give you the best opportunities to gain the qualifications and skills you need for the career you want. We will prepare you for the workplace of tomorrow, creating a fully-immersive learning environment that blends hands-on, technical learning with underpinning knowledge and professional work-related activity.

Progression-focused

If you are looking to start or develop a particular career path then vocational education could be better for your progression than traditional A Levels or university courses. Our programmes are designed to target the requirements of industry and the aspirations of you as an individual.

Skills-based

Vocational study programmes have different assessment methods to purely academic studies, engaging a wide range of methods to deliver and assess your skills. 

Employer-led

We involve our business partners in many aspects of our curriculum planning and delivery. This ensures that our programmes meet the needs of employers and job sectors, increasing your employability and opportunities.

Digitally-integrated

Our programmes take advantage of industry-appropriate technology, like Microsoft Office 365, to enhance on-site sessions with online learning and support. Our digital platforms enable you to access learning and resources from home and the workplace, in addition to benefiting from the face-to-face interaction with their tutors and peers.

T Levels

You may have heard about the introduction of the new T Level qualifications. At Newbury College, we have been busily preparing the groundwork for T Levels for quite a while, and will be ready to start incorporating them in 2022.

Alongside apprenticeships and A Levels, T Levels will become one of the three main options for school leavers. T Levels are designed to replace many of the vocational qualifications currently offered at level 3.

The structure of the new qualifications will be different from the current system. The number of hours a student will study increases significantly from the average 540 hours offered now to approximately 1,800 hours over the two years (including the work placement). The work placement element increases to 45 days, but can last up to 60 working days, making it much more meaningful to the student and employer. The timing of the work placement may be different depending on the qualification, some may opt for a continuous block, and others will distribute the work placement across the programme.

In a new two-year, level 3 technical study programme, T Levels will offer students:

  • Specific practical skills and knowledge in a chosen industry or occupation
  • 45 days’ work placement at a relevant employer
  • Core English, Maths and digital skills

After completing a T Level programme, students will have transferrable skills to use in the workplace, and may progress into an apprenticeship with an employer or continue on to university, having earned UCAS points within their T Level.