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Choosing the Right Course

Your Child’s Options at 16

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday from 2015.

This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:

  • full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
  • an apprenticeship
  • full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training


Full-time Study

If they choose to continue full-time study, young people may stay with their existing education provider or alternatively move to a College of Further Education, Sixth form college or another school which has sixth form.

As a College of Further Education providing a wide range of vocational qualifications, SLC offers young people the opportunity to start their journey towards more independence within a supportive environment which nurtures their talents and allows them to develop their full potential, whether that be moving to Higher Education, full-time employment or an apprenticeship.



The opportunity to earn whilst you learn. Not only do students gain extra qualifications but they acquire the much needed practical skills desired by the employer.  

Apprenticeships are offered at Intermediate Level 2 to Higher Level 4. All levels offer great routes into employment or Higher Education.

SLC offer Apprenticeships in various sectors, including Accounting, Business Administration, Construction, Engineering, Hair & Beauty and many others. Find out more by visiting:


Combining Full-time Workor Volunteering with Part-time Study or Training

SLC offers a range of part-time courses during the day and in the evenings that support 
progression opportunities, such as GCSEs in maths and English.


Qualifications Explained

Here at South Leicestershire College we offer a wide range of qualifications at all levels, the below chart explains the different levels of qualifications and the progression routes available.

Progression Opportunities

During their time at SLC, all young people will be advised about their future. 



SLC has an experienced team of careers advisers on site who are available to see students on a one to one basis or within class time. 


Throughout their time on course students are advised of the progression routes from their current position and will be advised how to apply for the next level of their qualification. The majority of courses start at Level 1 and students can progress to Level 3. In many cases, opportunities for progression are offered at a higher level.



We offer a wide range of Apprenticeship opportunities through the college and will make students aware of these vacancies and provide help to apply and prepare for interview. 


Higher Education 

The team organise visits to universities and also invite universities to come in and speak to students. We offer support to students applying to university through UCAS. We offer advice on appropriate course selection and funding. 


Job shop and employment

We run a fortnightly job shop during term time where students are informed of current vacancies and helped to apply for part-time work and volunteer placements. Each year there is a Careers Fair where employers from across the region come into the college to recruit students. 



Every year many of our students progress in to full-time employment after completing a vocational qualification at SLC. The vocational structure of our courses prepares our students for the ever competitive job market. It is a mandatory requirement for all Full-time students to take part in a work placement, offering valuable experience in the work place for our students that compliments the skills learnt in the class room.


Information on work placements, links with employers

We understand that for your son or daughter making the big decision of what to do next can be difficult, so we offer free Careers Information Advice and Guidance to all potential students. Our fully qualified team of careers advisors are available to offer your son or daughter useful advice on making the right choice.

To book a careers appointment call 0116 264 3535 or email 

Open Days

SLC Open Days are the perfect opportunity for your son or daughter to find out what is really like to study at SLC. You will be able to take a tour of our campus, talk to tutors and students and get Careers and Financial Advice.

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Opening Hours

Term Times:
Mon & Thurs: 8.00am - 8.00pm
Tue, Wed & Fri: 8.00am - 5.00pm

Non-term Times:
Mon - Thur: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Fri: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Contact us
South Leicestershire College
Blaby Road
South Wigston
LE18 4PH

Phone: 0116 264 3535
Fax: 0116 277 5578

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