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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

How would you like to attend college four hours a week and achieve a qualification in a vocational course such as hairdressing, construction, performing arts or motor vehicle?  You can do this alongside your GCSEs at school.

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.

We currently offer the following Level 1 courses: 

  • Art & Design
  • Business Admin
  • Computer Gaming
  • Construction
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Performing Arts

To hear what our students say about these courses click here

Some helpful advice

How do learners enrol on one of the HRC 14+ courses?
Learners enrol on the course via their school. Most schools discuss college options with learners before they start their GCSEs and then approach the college directly (learners cannot apply direct). The deadline to submit your application form to the 14/16 Team is the end of May.

What is 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.

What will learners achieve if they study at HRC?
All of our current courses are listed in The Register of Regulated Qualifications.  If the learner successfully completes their programme and attends for the full year, they will achieve a recognised vocational qualification. 

How can learners progress at HRC after completing their course?
All Year 11 learners have an exit interview, where their post 16 options are discussed. If a learner successfully completes the diploma in Year 11, they are automatically guaranteed a place on a suitable Level 2 programme. 

How will learners know what is expected of them whilst at HRC?
Learners have an interview with staff from their chosen subject area before commencing their course. Once they start, they will receive safety instruction for working in the workshop area and a talk on personal development behaviour and welfare requirements (PDBW). 

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 will be sent to schools each term. The department staff also hold one parents’ evening each year.

For more information, please email us at: The14/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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