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You just need to answer three simple questions about your study preferences, interests and predicted grades and we can suggest courses that might suit you.

  • 1 Study type
  • 2 Your Interests
  • 3 Your Grades
Question 1

How would you prefer to study?

Question 2

What are your interests?

Question 3

What grades have you achieved or are predicted?

These results are a suggestion of courses you may want to explore but are by no means a definitive list and individual entry requirements do apply.

Information for Careers Advisors


Why College?

Our aim is to give every young person the opportunities to achieve to the best of their abilities, so they can progress to further study with us, to find employment or an apprenticeship or progress to higher education. We are committed to ensuring they get the best education possible and will do everything we can to help them achieve their goals.

The aim of this page is to give you some useful information about the College, the services and support we offer both you and your students, and to ensure students have access to all the information they need when making important decisions about their future. We look forward to a successful partnership, working with you to ensure your student’s success.

Janet Meenaghan
Group CEO & Principal of Stamford College

Taster Days

We can help arrange a taster expe­ri­ence for your school which can involve:

  • Com­pli­men­ta­ry snacks and refreshments
  • Full Col­lege tour
  • Work­shops of your choice (Appren­tice­ships / A Lev­els vs Diplo­mas / Uni­ver­si­ty Lev­el / appli­ca­tions support)
  • Free goody bags with Col­lege infor­ma­tion to take away

If this is some­thing you may be inter­est­ed in, please let us know at events@​stamford.​ac.​uk and we will arrange a date to suit your sched­ule and tai­lor a pack­age to suit your spe­cif­ic needs. 

Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Explained

Eng­lish & Maths
If a stu­dent of yours hasn’t achieved their GCSE Eng­lish or maths A* to C it will be manda­to­ry for them to con­tin­ue to study Eng­lish and maths along­side their main qualification.

A Lev­els
Study­ing A Lev­els will give stu­dents a broad knowl­edge base to con­tin­ue to uni­ver­si­ty. Although A Lev­els are an aca­d­e­m­ic, the­o­ry-based route, we pride our­selves on our mod­ern approach, which includes prac­ti­cal ele­ments, live projects and com­mu­ni­ty work.

These sub­jects will allow your stu­dents to gain the skills and knowl­edge to progress to employ­ment. Lev­el 3 (Extend­ed) Diplo­mas are equiv­a­lent to 3 A Lev­els and are an alter­na­tive route to uni­ver­si­ty. If a stu­dent knows the career path they would like to take, or pre­fer to learn in a hands on way – this is the route for them!

As a careers advi­sor you want your stu­dents to get the best pos­si­ble start in their career. An Appren­tice­ship is a real job with train­ing which would allow your stu­dents to earn while they learn, gain­ing a nation­al­ly recog­nised qualification.

Appli­ca­tion Support

Apply­ing to col­lege is a big step so we want to ensure our appli­ca­tion process is as sim­ple as pos­si­ble for your students.

Stu­dents can apply online, on our web­site or by post.

If you need any help or guid­ance with the appli­ca­tion process or to keep track on the num­ber of appli­ca­tions from your school please con­tact us on 01780 484311.

Myth Buster

MYTH: A Lev­els are bet­ter than BTEC Diplo­ma qualifications.

FACT: Lev­el 3 (Extend­ed) Diplo­ma qual­ifi­ca­tions are the equiv­a­lent to three A Lev­els in terms of UCAS points. Voca­tion­al qual­ifi­ca­tions allow for the devel­op­ment of invalu­able skills and stu­dents gain real skills for real life, so they’re pre­pared for the real world. At Stam­ford Col­lege you will find that our indus­try stan­dard facil­i­ties repli­cate real work­ing envi­ron­ments, and that we have links with over 4,000 local employ­ers for work expe­ri­ence oppor­tu­ni­ties. Work expe­ri­ence ensures stu­dents will have a strong CV and this will be imple­ment­ed with­in their course as part of their Next Steps Passport.

MYTH: You need to study A Lev­els to get in to university.

FACT: Stu­dents study­ing Lev­el 3 Voca­tion­al qual­ifi­ca­tions such as the BTEC Extend­ed Diplo­ma can gain up to 360 UCAS points (depend­ing on their grades) equiv­a­lent to 3 A* at A Lev­el. UCAS points along with the devel­op­ment of real work skills ensure that our stu­dents can progress to uni­ver­si­ty lev­el study. Appren­tices can also progress to uni­ver­si­ty lev­el study with High­er Appren­tice­ships (Lev­el 4).

MYTH: You have to go to uni­ver­si­ty to get a degree.

FACT: You can study uni­ver­si­ty lev­el qual­ifi­ca­tions at Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­tre Peter­bor­ough (UCP), with cours­es based at both our Stam­ford and Peter­bor­ough cam­pus­es. We offer a range of high­er edu­ca­tion qual­ifi­ca­tions such as HNCs, HNDs and Foun­da­tion Degrees. These career-focused cours­es are a great alter­na­tive to mov­ing away to uni­ver­si­ty and if you want to top up’ to a full degree you can do in just one fur­ther year. UCP is an approved part­ner of ARU who accred­its some of the under­grad­u­ate degree cours­es at the Peter­bor­ough cam­pus. UCP is also approved by The Open Uni­ver­si­ty as an appro­pri­ate organ­i­sa­tion to offer high­er edu­ca­tion pro­grammes lead­ing to Open Uni­ver­si­ty val­i­dat­ed awards at both our Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford campuses.

MYTH: You don’t run a Col­lege bus from where my stu­dents live.

FACT: Our bus­es pick up from 85 dif­fer­ent loca­tions through­out Lin­colnshire, Peter­bor­ough, Cam­bridgeshire and Northamp­ton­shire, and most ser­vice bus­es run by Lin­colnshire Coun­ty Coun­cil also stop at the Col­lege. If you need to more infor­ma­tion, our Trans­port team can help or if think your stu­dent may have difficul­ty pay­ing for the trans­port, finan­cial sup­port may be avail­able to sub­sidise these costs. Con­tact us if you need us on 01780 484300 ext 344.

MYTH: My stu­dent is still unde­cid­ed and will miss the appli­ca­tion deadline.

FACT: We don’t have a dead­line for appli­ca­tions, in fact our appli­ca­tions stay open until late Sep­tem­ber! How­ev­er if your stu­dent knows what they want to do it’s best to get their appli­ca­tion in quick as some cours­es are very pop­u­lar. Even if your stu­dent starts a course they’re not hap­py in, our 6 week trans­fer win­dow will ensure they are on a course they love and are suc­cess­ful with. If they are unde­cid­ed, they can vis­it our taster event (see back page for more details).

Use­ful Links

Order Course Guides

Click the link below to view or down­load our prospec­tus. Please con­tact us if your school requires print­ed copies of our Course Guide and oth­er publications.


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