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Hertford Regional College currently offers two distinct 14-16 programmes, built on the robust foundation of a continuing close relationship with local schools.

14-16 Vocation Provision

Are you in Year 10 or 11 and interested in achieving a qualification in a vocational course such as Construction, Hairdressing or Hospitality? You can attend HRC one half day a week at the same time as studying for your GCSEs at school. Depending on your chosen area of study you could make use of our excellent and modern workshops, salons and catering kitchens. 

We work directly with schools to ensure learners who join our pre-16 courses, can achieve a top quality vocational education. Our courses are one year in length but for most, there is a possibility of continuing the course to achieve a higher or full qualification. Learners attend for four hours each week across either two sessions or one longer session and spend the rest of their time at school.

Ask your school today for more information on these courses.

Some helpful advice

How do learners enrol on one of the HRC 14+ courses?
Learners are enrolled on a course via their school. Most schools discuss college options with learners before they start their GCSEs and then approach the college direct. Learners cannot apply direct. Application forms should be received by September by the 14/16 Team from schools. (Specialist units differ).

Cost to Schools
£950 per place per year (£400 payable in September and balance in November).  Bespoke groups by arrangement.  Workshop based courses require protective clothing costing between £20-£30.  

Are learners mixed with learners from other schools?
Yes, applications are taken from various schools and there will usually be a mix of schools on each course.  There is, however, the opportunity for schools to purchase a bespoke group, for their school alone, see point 2 for costings.

What happens if there are not enough applicants for a particular course?
Courses will only run if there are viable numbers (ten to twelve and this can be a mix of learners from various schools).  If a school purchases a bespoke group at a set cost they can fill this group with any number of students up to twelve.

There will also be the opportunity for integration of learners within post 16 groups if a course is not viable to run with just 14+ learners.  We will guarantee a place on a level 1 course if the programme runs.

What are the entry criteria to gain a place on a 14-16 course?
In general learners must have a good to excellent attendance record, good behaviour and show an interest in the subject they will be studying.

When do learners attend HRC and for how long?
Our L1 Award 14-16 courses are one year in length. For most of our courses there is a possibility of continuing in Year 11 to achieve a higher or full qualification.  The programmes we are offering that score points for schools towards Progress 8 will be over 2 years.  Learners attend for four hours each week, either across two sessions or one longer session and spend the rest of their time at school.

What will learners achieve if they study at HRC?
All of our current courses are listed in The Register of Regulated Qualifications.  Learners will achieve a recognised vocational qualification, if they successfully complete their programme, and attend for the required time.

How will learners know what is expected of them whilst at HRC? 
Learners usually attend a chosen subject taster before commencing the course where they will have an informal interview.  Once they start they will then receive safety instruction for working in the workshop area and a talk on PDBW requirements and student behaviour requirement.

Do learners have to wear a special uniform? 
Learners who spend part of their lessons in a workshop environment will be expected to wear appropriate protective clothing. The College does not supply this and should be purchased by the school or learner with prior agreement.

How will the learner’s parent/carer/school know how they are progressing?
Regular reports are sent to schools each term.  The department staff also hold one parents’ evening each academic year.

For more information, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The alternative programme

A programme designed to re-engage Year 10 and 11 (14-16's) in an FE environment to develop Wellbeing, Entrepreneurial and Employability skills alongside Functional Skills Maths and English. Learners attending The Alternative Programme (TAP) will have the opportunity to further develop skills across arrange of units at Level 1 to enable the young person to make informed choices regarding their Progression and Future opportunities.

What makes The Alternative Programme at HRC special?

  • An opportunity to study a range of diverse units linked to Employability and Business whilst developing social skills and wellbeing.
  • An opportunity to achieve recognised Functional Skills in Maths and English.
  • You will complete work experience linked to your career through the employability units designed in the curriculum.
  • Participation in FE sector tasters to experience different industries adding to the learner's progression routes at the end of the course.
  • Completion of DfE Bronze Award
  • Lecturers who are experienced in teaching young people for whom a School setting has not been successful.

What do our students say?

"TAP has given me the opportunity to progress into Health and Social Care and has given me my confidence back"

"The course gave me the Functional skills needed to progress into Hair and Beauty meaning I was no further behind and progressing into the same classes as my school friends"


After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose to:

  • Take on a new course at Level 1 or 2 with us at HRC
  • An Apprenticeship
  • Enter into employment with training


You will be introduced to a range of units at Level 1 designed to improve your employability skills as well as your understanding of social circumstances and wellbeing.

Functional Skills in both Maths and English at an appropriate level that meets your needs.

FE sector tasters to help enable the learner make informed choices when looking at progression routes.

You will take part in work experience in appropriate placement to begin building your practical experiences and help develop your employability skills.


You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different trips, visits and events.

This means you will have the chance to work on fund-raising events for charities as well as participating in a Dragons Den event linked to your unit.


You will undertake a range of Units, which will test your ongoing learning, as well as challenge you to demonstrate your strengths.

Functional Skills exams with multiple intakes throughout the academic year- reducing exam pressure and anxiety.


To take on this course you will need to be:

  • A year 10/11 learner aged 14-16 years old
  • Working at an E3 /L1 Level (BKSB assessments at interview will determine)
  • A committed and passionate learner willing to participate in an FE environment.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.


You will need to bring appropriate note-taking items with you, including a notepad, pen and pencil.

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change

For more information on this course and to apply, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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