Qualifications Explained

Whether you choose to study a practical qualification such as a BTEC or an academic programme like A Levels, depends on your interests and the way you like to learn.

Read on to find out more about the range of qualifications on offer at Trafford College.


  • Mostly exam-based qualifications with coursework & essay writing
  • You can study a variety of subjects
  • Students do best who enjoy research & are self-motivated

Students who study academic qualifications tend to progress straight onto university.


  • A mix of coursework, hands-on learning and work experience
  • Focus on one particular vocational area
  • You will develop life skills like teamwork, problem-solving & creative thinking

Progress onto higher level courses at College, an apprenticeship, a higher education course (if you study a university ready qualification, e.g.a BTEC), or into employment within your chosen sector.


  • Earn & learn
  • Gain practical hands-on experience 
  • Develop links with potential future employers

Progress onto a higher level apprenticeship or a promotion in your current job.

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Trafford College is a leading provider of education and training in Greater Manchester. With a £50m investment in world-class facilities, an innovative approach to learning and exceptional links with some of the borough’s most significant employers, students are given a platform from which they can achieve their full potential.