A Level Student

How many A Level qualifications can I study at Bury College?

Your study programme will be made up of three A Levels. If you are struggling to decide which three A Levels to choose then you will be guided throughout the interview and enrolment process to help you find the most suitable fit.

A Level Student in Classroom

How many hours of private study will I be expected to do as an A Level student?

In order to further develop your knowledge and employability skills, every A Level student is taught how to study independently - a skill which is now recognised as a university requirement. In order to achieve maximum results, we recommend you spend 18 hours a week on private study.

Science Student

What is a study programme?

Bury College Study Programmes have been designed to meet individual needs and to prepare you for your next steps. As well as your main qualification aims, your Study Programme will include further development of critical skills to support your progression, including English, mathematics and employability skills. You will also have the opportunity for work experience or volunteering and to get involved in a wide range of enrichment activities as part of your Study Programme.

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How many Vocational subjects can I study at Bury College?

You will choose one vocational subject to study during your time at Bury College. This option will appeal strongly to those students who have an interest in a career or a specific vocation and those that want to use practical and theoretical learning to develop work related skills and a technical understanding. 

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What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship provides you with a direct insight into the industry you would like to progress your career in. You will enjoy earning a wage whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications and training which helps to improve your career prospects. Bury College offers apprenticeship programmes in a wide range of areas – discover more here.

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What Enrichment opportunities are available at Bury College?

At Bury College we offer an extensive enrichment programme. You will have the opportunity to take part in activities that contribute to your development and in many cases will support your academic subjects. Enrichment clubs include Debating Club, Film Club and a range a sports activities.


What travel support is available at Bury College?

Bury College offers a number of free return coach services to help improve accessibility for students across the following areas: Bolton, Littleborough, Moston and Rawtenstall. You can download a copy of our free coach map here.

Many Bury College students will be entitled to an Our Pass which allows all 16-18 year old students to travel across Greater Manchester at any time, for FREE. This makes travelling to and from Bury College really easy! Any students who are not eligible for Our Pass can apply for financial support to help them with travel expenses. For more information please contact the Bury College Student Services Team.

Please note – the free coach service is currently under review to ensure that it is in line with government guidelines.

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Am I required to wear a uniform?

You are not required to wear a uniform at Bury College. However, some courses, such as Construction and Engineering, may require Personal Protective Equipment. Other courses such as Hairdressing, Beauty, Sport and Public Services may require you to wear a uniform or specific clothing. You will be told more about this during enrolment.

Work Experience at Bolton Radio

Do Bury College students get the opportunity to complete work experience placements?

Bury College aims to provide you with the best start to your career and strongly believes in the value of completing work experience placements. During your full-time study programme you will have the opportunity to take part in work experience and secure skills for your career. This will allow you to develop transferable work-related skills and gain an insight into the career of your choice. The college has dedicated Work Experience Placement Co-ordinators to help you secure placements and gain quality experience.

Is there anything I can be doing to help me prepare for starting Bury College in the next academic year?

Absolutely! Bury College has launched a website portal with a range of new resources to help Year 11 students prepare for College. The online resources also include course specific information which has been carefully put together by experienced tutors. These resources will also give you a head-start to your studies and provide you with tasks, reading lists and useful information that you can complete prior to joining Bury College. The Be Bury College Ready website portal can be accessed here:

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Can I still apply to Bury College?

We are still welcoming online applications for the next academic year – you can apply here.

We are continuing to conduct supportive telephone interviews to students where you can chat to our experienced staff about the opportunities available.

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How do I apply?

Applications are still open for the next academic year and you can complete and submit your application on the Bury College website. To support you in completing your application form we have created a handy step-by-step guide which can be accessed using the following link:

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