A centre purpose-built by Southport College for students leaving year nine and starting year ten will open in September 2015. Southport College will now join a growing number of FE colleges across the country graded good or outstanding by Ofsted who have extended their offer to 14-16 year olds.

Students aged 14 can join the new college and study core GCSEs of English, maths, science and ICT, optional GCSEs from a broad choice of subjects and a specialist work-related qualification in Engineering, Health & Social Care or Childcare. This combination is designed to give students a head start in their chosen career and successful students are guaranteed a place at Southport College on an advanced level course when they finish their 2 year courses. The courses studied and facilities the students will study in have been developed in conjunction with industry specialists to give students the best possible preparation for their future careers.

The Skills for Health Academy North West works with NHS organisations, further education and sixth form colleges to deliver a range of Cadet programmes that help young people gain skills, knowledge and experience in the NHS.

Judith Jones, Cadet Development Lead from Skills for Health Academy North West said “The health sector has a specific interest in supporting employment in the sector for young people. We feel that starting young people in their chosen vocational area from the age of 14 could be beneficial to their progression. Meaning that with the right qualifications, outlook and experience they could progress onto the Health Care Cadet programme and into the health service as their chosen career.”

Southport College Principal John Clarke said “Southport College has gained many years of experience of teaching students aged 14 from our School Links programme. A large number of students who started with us aged 14 have progressed through our levels of courses to forge successful careers in their chosen industries. Notable achievements by these students include studying health and social care at degree level or being employed as apprentices in large engineering companies. The new college will provide an additional choice for students who want to pursue a career in engineering, childcare or healthcare sectors.”

Parents and students who are interested in the new 14-16 college should visit Southport College’s open evening on Monday 10 November between 4.00pm and 7.30pm, email guidance@southport.ac.uk or call 01704 392704 for further details.

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