If your GCSE results don't meet the entry requirements for A Levels, level 3 Applied Generals or T Levels, you can still join us by taking a Progression Year. Most of our Progression Year students continue onto level 3 study while some go onto apprenticeships or employment.
In GCSE English Language and Maths, you will need a minimum of a grade 3 in one and a grade 2 in the other plus some GCSEs at grade 3 or 4.
Progression Year Programme
Alongside GCSE English and Maths, you can choose three of the subjects below:
Throughout the year you will receive support and guidance to help you with your studies and your progress towards level 3 study, an apprenticeship or employment.
You will have access to the Careers Service, Study Centre and Guidance Support Team who will provide advice and encourage you to achieve.
Kelsey Austwick is a Paramedic working for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. She started at college on the Progression Year following some disappointing GCSE results. She took Health & Social Care alongside Science and English GCSEs. The Progression Year now offers more choice allowing you to take three subjects rather than one.
"The support I received at college was immense and is the reason that I am where I am today. Without it, I really wouldn't be in such a well-paid job that I love."
On completing the Progression Year, Kelsey continued onto level 3 Health & Social Care and then went to Teesside University to study for a degree in Paramedic Practice.
"Don't be afraid to take a Progression Year. It's what I did and I'm so much better for it. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I left school at 16. I thought I wanted to be a primary school teacher, but during my Progression Year and onwards I changed my career pathway."
Kelsey now works as the Lead Clinician on a double-crewed ambulance. She enjoys the variety of the role as well as working with multidisciplinary teams such as the Police or Fire Service.
"My college life was amazing. I was given freedom, support and encouragement as well as information from the careers team on how to get where I needed to be. I was given the push I always needed at college and I really owe S6F for doing that. If it wasn't for all of the fantastic staff at college, I wouldn't be where I am today."