We want you to maximise your potential both at college and in your future. We will make sure you are studying the right type of qualification for the career path you want to follow.

Professional and technical qualifications

Our technical courses, including BTEC, Cambridge Technical, NCFE, Gateway, IMI, UAL and City & Guilds, allow you to combine academic study with practical learning and training. These courses include work placements and classroom participation which will give you a wide range of employability skills such as presenting, teamwork, communication and problem solving.

What you can expect

All full-time learners undertake a Study Programme, which consists of 580 hours of study per year and is tailored to suit you. In most cases, Study Programmes are run over three or four days per week from 09:00 to 16:30. You may have one day a week free to use as a study day or as a regular work placement day. Part-time or professional programmes usually run over one day a week both in the day and evening.

What is included in a Study Programme?

Studying at Totton College is not just about your course. We want to ensure a valuable and enriching experience through a combination of vocational training and work experience. Your Study Programme will include:

Technical qualification

An Entry Level or Level 1,2 or 3 qualification such as 540 Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Extended Diploma, Cambridge Technical, City & Guilds, or other professional qualification, which provides the main focus for your Study Programme.

Progression coaching

All learners have access to one-to-one weekly progression coaching sessions, where you will discuss your future and the steps needed to achieve your goals.

English and maths

If you are aged 16-18 at the start of your programme and haven’t achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English and maths, then these classes will be a key part of your Study Programme. Our teachers will work with you to achieve better grades, helping you to progress to the next stage of your education and chosen career.

Work experience

We know how important it is to combine practical work placements and activities with classroom-based study, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to undertake work experience while studying with us. Some Study Programmes dedicate a particular day each week to work-focused activities while others embed block placements into the academic year. Our specialist staff will support you to find a placement to complement your Study Programme. Alternatively, you are able to source your own arrangement.

Enrichment activities

You will be able to get involved in extra-curricular activities in the form of enrichments. From the Student Union to trips and supporting events, these activities enhance your CV and higher education applications.