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A-Levels not for you? Switch to BTECs

If you've already started A-Levels at Sixth Form or College this year but have decided these aren’t for you, then there's still time to enrol on a BTEC course at Barking & Dagenham College. We have courses that start in October or January so you don't need to wait another academic year to get started!

BTECs are equivalent to 3 A-Levels and accepted by many universities. You'll also have the flexibility to progress into an apprenticeship or employment once you've finished the course. 

Courses starting in January 2018

We have a range of full-time, part-time and short evening courses starting in January 2018.

Choose from Access to Higher Education, Business, IT, Childcare, Beauty Therapy, DIY skills and much more.

You can also apply for a traineeship in areas such as Electrical, Painting & Decorating and Maintenance Operations to help prepare you for an apprenticeship or employment.


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See our full list of January starts.

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Earn while you learn. Get real work experience whilst studying for a recognised qualification at College. Choose an apprenticeship in a wide range of industries. Speak to our Apprenticeship Team to get started!

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Or traineeship?

Traineeships are the perfect stepping stone to an Apprenticeship. Whatever your previous qualifications or experience, a traineeship can help you get a foot in the door with employers.

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Ready for a challenge? Join the 12-week programme and gain a qualification that's valued by employers. Take part in a group activity that helps your local community too, which looks great on your CV.


This course in Personal Development will improve your teamwork and communication skills. Take part in a voluntary social action project to help the local community. 

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Bring your paperwork to Open Enrolment 

There is a list of paperwork that you need to bring with you when you enrol. 

Previous qualifications

Please bring evidence of any previous qualifications you have. 

IMPORTANT:  For all students aged 16-18, you must bring your GCSE results.

Identification/Residency Information

Please bring one item from this list:

Either: UK/EU Passport OR Birth Certificate OR British Driving Licence (only if you were born in the UK OR EU) EU ID card

Or: Non EU Passport showing a valid visa

Paying your fees

If your tuition fees are £300 or more you can pay by instalments and online. We are sorry, but we can no longer accept fees by cash or Direct Debit. 

If you are 16 - 18 you do not pay any fees. 

You must bring a Debit Card or Credit Card to enrolment so that we can set up the instalment facility. 

To find out more follow this link. 

If your course is being paid for by your employer, you will need to fill out an Employer Agreement Form and provide a copy of your Employer’s letterhead or compliment slip.

Benefit Evidence

If you are in receipt of state benefits please bring evidence of the benefits you receive. Any evidence must be dated within one month from the date you enrol with us.

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are age 19+, and you are enrolling onto a Level 3 course or above, you will need to bring evidence of your loan application or confirmation of your loan from Student Finance England. If you would like to apply for your loan during enrolment, please bring your passport with you.

Higher Education Loan

Please bring evidence of your loan application or confirmation of your loan from Student Finance England.

Visit Advice Street for enquiries and guidance 

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