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Do you have students that you think might benefit from a more vocational subject at Key Stage 4? Here's some more information about how to make it happen.

KS4 at The College is open to all schools and education providers in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and surrounding areas.

Students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 are welcome to join us to supplement their GCSEs and BTECs at school. We follow a set Tuesday/Friday timetable to fit in with school days, as set by the local councils. We offer a wide choice of qualifications that align to the Department of Education performance tables, so these can supplement your GCSE and BTEC point claims.

We can also take students in year 9, but unfortunately they will not receive recognised qualifications until they reach Key Stage 4.

Download the Key Stage 4 brochure


Class sizes

Motor Vehicle students inspecting a car engineWe have the capacity to accept as many students as you would like, either in mixed groups with students from other providers, or in bespoke groups tailored to your requirements.  Class size is a maximum of 14, but tends to be around 10.

Most sessions are delivered in college, however, if required, we can also run sessions within schools.


Schools will need to provide an application form, Education Providers form and parental consent form to apply for places with us. Places are invoiced to schools on a termly basis.


Weekly reports are emailed to schools on each student’s attendance, attitude and work completed. We also carry out termly progress reviews with students and copies are sent to the school.

Trial Period

Bournemouth & Poole College dance performanceWe offer a six week trial period for the students to ensure that they are on the right course and that The College is the right place for them. They will then have a ‘Right Choice’ meeting with a member of our KS4/KS5 staff, at which point a student can be withdrawn at no further cost or they can choose to change courses.

A manager will also arrange a visit into schools at least twice a year to review student progress and the support available, what subjects we can offer and any other topics that the school would like to discuss.


Web and Games technology studentIn each class we have a subject specific tutor and a Learning Support Assistant to ensure students are fully supported at all times. However, all college staff go through KS4 training to ensure they provide the right support to students who are in compulsory age education.

If you would like to introduce KS4/KS5 courses at The College to your students and their parents, we are happy to attend options evenings to discuss courses and choices further.