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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 the end of May 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

The second programme offered by HRC for ages 14-16 is The Alternative Programme. We provide an established, discreet programme for learners who demonstrate the following profile:

  • School refuser
  • Elective home education
  • Excluded or at risk of exclusion
  • Disengaged from learning

This programme considers referral from Rivers and Hailey Hall.

For more information on Access to Education, contact Angela Mortimer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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