School Leavers

The Bournemouth & Poole College is one of the largest further education colleges in the country which means we can offer a broad choice of subjects and courses at all levels.

When you progress from your school education, we provide excellent opportunities for you to take your next step, if you are planning to move onto university or want to gain qualifications in readiness for a job. There is plenty of choice whether you prefer the academic route or vocational education.

Ofsted grade us as a good college where students are motivated and supported, and we will do all that we can to ensure you have relevant qualifications, life skills, experience and confidence to help your future success.

We have high standards and will expect you to work hard, maintain an excellent attendance record, and be motivated to achieve the best you possibly can.

If you’re looking for a stepping-stone from school to university or a job – then The Bournemouth & Poole College is the right choice for you.

Learning is our passion

We are extremely proud of our students and what they achieve. When you choose to study at The Bournemouth & Poole College you will be working with tutors who have professional expertise within their subject. We also have some specialist academies where the teaching and learning are highly focused on a specific area.

This structure provides you with the chance to shine in your chosen area. You will be working with other students who share the same interests and common goals, and this helps you focus on strengthening your knowledge and skills.

The College community

We like to think of college as a big family, where everyone works together to support each other in a friendly, caring environment. We believe strongly in the ‘community spirit’ both within college, within the wider local community and within the global community.

As well as gaining qualifications, we promote opportunities for you to be a successful and confident young person with a lot to offer the world!

We are doing more to become a truly ‘green’ college; we support fair trade producers where possible, and we celebrate diversity and encourage our learners to think of their role as a modern citizen in today’s society.

On top of your studies you can join in a wide range of enrichment activities. There is always something going on in our busy calendar of events. We believe that the social side is important too.

College is a more mature environment than school, and you will get used to meeting lots of different people, of all ages and from different cultures. Making new friends is something that our learners really value, and is an important part of The College experience.

We always listen to learner feedback, and young learners tell us that they really enjoy being treated as adults and appreciate the mature learning environment The College provides.

It’s different from school

Don’t let anyone tell you that coming to college will be the ‘easy option’. Far from it! Because we treat you as an adult, we expect you to behave as an adult. You will be largely responsible for making decisions and taking control of your life. You will be encouraged to use your initiative, work hard and be self-disciplined and to be respectful of your environment and other people.

We expect our learners to be motivated and keen to learn. Your time at college is a preparation for employment or university, so our standards and expectations are high.

We also want you to succeed. We have excellent pass rates on our courses, but you will have to arrive at class on time, complete assignments etc and behave in a mature and professional way. We expect all learners to sign up to our code of conduct.

The relationship you have with teaching and support staff will be different from school and you will notice that the way in which you are taught is different. There will be more opportunity for research, home study, assignments and project work.

The only uniforms worn are within specialist areas (such as catering, hair and beauty etc). Timetabling is also different, where you will have individual tutorials as well as self study time. The amount of time you spend in a classroom or work environment, will vary from course to course.

We do monitor your work, and you will be given regular personal reports on your progress.

Who studies with us?

The College is a very popular choice with young adults. We have over 4,700 full time students, many of whom are teenagers coming to college straight from school.

The main difference is that we also have thousands of part time students, many of whom are adults gaining qualifications to support their current jobs or for career progression. We also welcome overseas and international students who come to study in the UK, and choose this lovely part of the country.

You will find a great mix of people, which means that our community is very vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan. We have courses to suit all different levels and abilities, and work with every individual student to help you reach your goals.