14 - 18 Year Olds

Why Newbury College?

Newbury College is graded by Ofsted as a ‘Good College’. We have some outstanding features and some excellent facilities. We have achieved a high standard in working with employers and have achieved a number of quality standards which reflect our commitment to high quality and success. Headline Success Rates show Newbury College to be the Number 1 College in Berkshire for overall success.

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  • No.1 for Success

    Excellent achievement rates.

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    Rated “Good” by Ofsted.

  • University

    Strong links with universities and employers.

  • Advice and Guidance

    High quality advice and guidance.

  • Support

    Exceptional support.

Leaving School


Did you know that young people must now continue in education or training until their 18th birthday?

Education after 16 doesn't just mean staying at school. The options also include coming to Newbury College for a full-time vocational, GCSE or apprenticeship programme, all of which offer an excellent progression route to university or employment. 

When you come to Newbury College, you are a student, not a pupil. You will be treated like an adult and given the opportunity to be yourself. You will know your tutors by their first name (no more Miss or Sir). College should feel more like a workplace - we still expect you to follow the rules and work hard, but you will be encouraged to become more independent, have more say in your education and the opportunity to make lots of new friends.

Whether you're planning on joining us in year 10, finishing your GCSEs at school before attending, or simply have yet to decide on the next step in your education, apply as soon as you can. Download a full-time course guide, visit one of our Open Events or just pop in to our Monks Lane campus after school (we're open until 21:00 Mon - Thu during term time) and complete a no-obligation application form.

Once you've applied, we can keep you up-to-date with the latest news from the College, invite you in for an interview and to our Taster Day(s).

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Newbury College is approved to accept 14-15 year olds onto full-time programmes. The pre-16 provision is ideal for students who feel school is not for them, are home educated or for those that have relocated to the area.

The College offers a variety of pathways, all of which include mandatory English, Maths and Science.

Programmes include:

  • Full-time academic programme
  • Full-time vocational programme
  • Full-time GCSE programme

For more information visit our Pre-16 page or call 01635 845000 to arrange a visit.

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Help deciding

You may already have decided on the subject you wish to study. If so, look through the courses section of this site, choose a level to suit you and apply online. If you need assistance with choosing the most suitable course, please contact us to arrange an appointment with one of our Guidance Advisors. We can offer information, advice and guidance on courses and also career pathways. When exam results are published in August, staff will be standing by to help you discuss any last minute changes to your plans.

Vocational Courses

Vocational Courses

Now, more than ever before, to succeed in a career you must be able – through your qualifications and work experience – to show that you have what it takes to do well at work, in the next stage of your study or in higher education.

We have a very wide range of vocational opportunities which will help develop your career or provide work–based learning opportunities.

At Newbury College we will support you through learning the right skills to be able to succeed in your chosen career or further or higher education course. We know what you need to be a success and we have highly trained and dedicated staff who will help you choose the right career path for you. Whilst at the College you will also have access to our state–of–the–art, industry-standard workshops and resources.

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GCSEs and A Levels

GCSEs and A Levels

Newbury College offers an alternative Sixth Form provision encompassing a GCSE programme (over a period of one or two years), plus an A Level programme.

The GCSEs offered, are designed to give students the widest possible range of literacy, numeracy and transferable skills, with the nationally recognised qualifications required by universities and employers. With the option of studying the GCSE programme over one or two years, students will develop a strong understanding of each subject they study, and acquire skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving.

The curriculum offers a multi–tiered approach across a choice of subjects, with Science, Maths and English being mandatory (if students have not already reached a 4 grade at GCSE in these subjects). The programme builds a strong foundation for further study on either a vocational or an academic programme.

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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships offer a robust approach to work-based learning by ensuring that learners acquire practical skills, experience and knowledge to meet organisational needs now and in the future, through offering both on and off the job learning which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship.


Enrichment and Enhancement


We offer a range of sporting and other enrichment activities. These occur within your course and may include guest speakers, visits to places of interest or work experience relevant to your choice of study. There are also cross-College activities which are fun and interactive and help you to build relationships with student colleagues on other courses.

These include events such as Red Nose Day, Pancake Race, Performances, Children in Need and many, many more. There are also free activities for students such as Zumba, pilates, basketball and football for all. These activities are to enhance your learning experience and help towards your projects, Functional Skills and assignments.

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