Five new courses are being launched by New College Telford to help meet the ever-changing demands of local employers.
From September, the college will be running one-year level two BTEC Extended Certificates in Art and Design, Business, Media Digital Production, Science, and Sport.
Jean Wright, vice principal for curriculum at the college, said: “We pride ourselves on already offering the widest choice of courses across Telford & Wrekin, from A Level right up to degree level – but the needs of the local economy are changing all the time.
“Each of these new one-year courses builds in the skills development which is needed for students to progress onto higher level vocational studies – but they are also a qualification in their own right.
“They give learners the option to progress onto a level three BTEC course, or choose to explore an apprenticeship instead if they wish.”
The Art and Design course will look at communicating ideas through art, design and discussion, as well as following briefs and meeting customer needs.
On the Business course, students will look at enterprise in the business world, finance, and business online.
The Media Digital Production course focuses on communication techniques and the media sector, explaining how to pitch for a project, and create your own material.
Students choosing the new Science course will cover a wide range of topics, including energy and our universe, biology and the environment, the living body, chemistry, and other specialist options.
And the new Sport course will turn the spotlight on training for personal fitness, organising and leading events, and knowledge of rules, regulations, skills and tactics.
Jean Wright added: “It’s not just about sitting in a classroom. All students on these courses will also undertake a period of work experience during the year.”