Parents’ Guide

At Yeovil College our vision is to maximise potential for all, no matter where they started on their journey – this is our promise to you. We will give your child the opportunity to learn the right skills, knowledge, experience and know-how to set them up for a successful future, whether the goal is an apprenticeship, a degree or a career.

Why choose us?

We’re Somerset’s top performing College.

With better success rates than any other college in Somerset your child is more likely to achieve with us. Click here to find out why we’re number 1. 

We’ll give your child the employment edge

Industry placements and work experience is a fundamental part of your child’s study programme. We work on live briefs and real-time projects, and engage with local employers who work with us to support the design of our curriculum as well as delivering master classes.

We want the best for your child

Like you, we’re only interested in delivering the very best. We push ourselves and average has no place on our campus.  Your child will never be just a number. We genuinely work with each and every student to develop the right support plan for them. The sky really is the limit at Yeovil College. 

We work hard. And we ask our students to work hard

College isn’t easy. Students will be stretched and challenged to become the very best they can be. We expect high standards and outstanding attitudes to learning. Be assured that when our students work hard, we also work hard. Investment into ensuring all our teachers are outstanding educators is massive at Yeovil College. We’ll push and challenge, we’ll set difficult tasks, we’ll issue live projects and we’ll also nurture when needed.

We’ll deliver experience and opportunity

Our target is employment. Our end game is that dream job! We’ll use our contacts, local knowledge, business relationships, community engagement and fantastic commercial industry standard facilities to ensure every student has the opportunity to achieve their goals.

Unsure about the qualifications – here’s a helpful guide

A Levels

What are they?

For many students, a natural next step would be to progress to A Levels. A Levels suit those who wish to explore their GCSE subjects further, as well as discover new subjects like Film Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Law. Students can study three or four A Level subjects at Yeovil College.

Who are they for?

A Levels are exam based, academic qualifications. They are a more traditional way of learning, however students will also have work experience opportunities. The majority of A Levels have an exam at the end, following a similar pattern to school based GCSEs. 

What Level are they?

All A Levels are Level 3 

What does the course lead to?

University – many of our students will continue at our partnership universities, such as University of the West of England, Plymouth University or the University of Gloucestershire.

Technical / Vocational

What are they?

Technical study programmes provide a  more practical, hands-on option, equipping learners with specific skills for their chosen industry. Assessment will take place via practical application and project work rather than exams. We offer technical study programmes across 15 different career areas.

Who are they for?

They are particularly suited to learners who have a clear idea about what they want to do and which careers they want to progress into.

What Level are they?

They start at entry level and progress from 1 to 3. Level 3 is the same qualification as A Levels.

What does the course lead to?

The next steps are vast, but all include university, an apprenticeship or directly into employment. 


What are they?

Apprenticeships are the perfect blend of work and learning. Apprenticeship training combines workplace experience with training to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers are looking for in your chosen career. Apprentices usually spending one day at college and four days at work, although there are many alternative study patterns.

Who are they for?

Students who want to, and are ready to, combine the world of work with learning.

What Level are they?

Apprenticeships are offered at level 2 and 3 at Yeovil College and we also offer a range of degree apprenticeships; qualifications which are the same as those delivered by a university.

What does the course lead to?

Apprenticeships usually lead to a higher level of apprenticeship study, a permanent job or a promotion. 97% of Yeovil College Apprenticeships remain with their employer or are promoted after their apprenticeship has finished.


It’s official! The league tables show that we are the top performing college in Somerset. Joining Yeovil College means that you child will receive the very best education and learning and the greatest possible chance to achieve and progress. We’ll give your child that all important employment edge.

*Information I taken directly from the National Achievement Rates Tables 2017

For the third successive year, we have achieved a 100% pass rate for all A Level subjects and we have achieved some impressive high grades!

We are the highest attaining college or school in Somerset for full A Level value added. Even better, we’re in the top five general Further Education College in the country for A Level value added.

Ofsted Report

Excellent and productive partnerships with the college’s local communities, especially with local employers, ensure that courses prepare learners well for progression to employment or further education and training.

Apprentices gain the skills and confidence they need to secure permanent jobs or to gain higher levels of responsibility or promotion.

Teachers develop learners’ work-related skills and understanding of employment well. They effectively draw on the expertise they gain from working in industry when teaching.

A wide range of additional activities, including high-quality work placements, enriches learners’ study programmes.

Children looked after, those previously on free school meals and those who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities receive well-planned support, education and training that ensure that a high proportion complete and achieve their qualifications.

College leaders have improved the quality of provision. They have created a culture in which staff work resolutely in the best interests of their learners and the college is a purposeful community.

Governors, senior leaders and managers, working closely with staff, have ensured that the quality of provision and outcomes for learners have improved over the previous three years.

Ofsted report