Preston’s College to scrap A-level programmes

Prestons College principal Lis Smith
Prestons College principal Lis Smith
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A city college is closing its doors to A-level students.

From September, school leavers will no longer be able to enrol at Preston’s College unless they want to study vocational qualifications or for an apprenticeship.

We’ve invested over £13m in our iSTEM Centre and built long term partnerships with key employers including Leyland Trucks, Eric Wright Group, Baxi and the NHS Trust.

Dr Lis Smith

College bosses say the move will not affect current learners studying A-levels as AS-level students will still progress onto their A2 qualification as planned.

In addition, the college is looking at new vocational and technical provision for 2016/17 and sorting out staff for tutors currently teaching A-Levels.

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Potential students who have already applied to the Preston’s will have the option of transferring onto a BTEC or NVQ qualification, worth up to the equivalent in UCAS points to A-levels.

Principal and chief executive, Dr Lis Smith, said: “It is my belief that this decision is in the best interest of the young learners and wider community of Preston as they will be able to choose from a range of education providers who specialise in their areas of strength.

“The college’s ambition is to truly align itself with the needs of the local community and the Preston City Deal by providing technical, professional and Apprenticeship study that is designed and supported by employers.

“We’ve invested over £13m in our iSTEM Centre and built long term partnerships with key employers including Leyland Trucks, Eric Wright Group, Baxi and the NHS Trust.

“This has helped us to tailor our courses to the needs of businesses and the Lancashire Economic Partnership (LEP) priorities, to ensure our students have the right qualifications and expertise to make them THE most employable learners.

Lis said: “The City benefits from a number of excellent Colleges that prioritise A-levels and our focus is to continue to create the same excellent opportunities for those that choose a vocational or apprenticeship pathway into employment or university.”

The move follows hard on the heels a multi-million pound boost to the county’s NEET programme