I am interested in full time courses
Full Time Courses
Full time on island courses are currently only offered by the College of Further Education and the Sixth Form Centre, although there are early plans for some private providers to offer full time courses at degree level. Courses offered by the College of Further Education are vocational qualifications (job related) and cover a wide range of levels and difficulty. The Sixth Form Centre offers A level and International Baccalaureate programmes but all courses require at least 5 GCSEs at A-C including English Language . Before looking at courses in more depth, it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the different levels and what each qualification is worth or equivalent to.
The chart here will help explain what the levels are: Qualifications Explained [474kb]
At the moment it is only possible to study courses full time, up to and including Level 3 (usually BTEC Diplomas) but there are a range of subjects on offer including ICT, Health, Business and Sport.
You can check the full range of courses on offer at the Guernsey College of FE website.
Although Guernsey College of Further Education has a good range of full time courses for an island population, it cannot offer everything and full time courses do not go beyond Level 3. If you wish to study something that is not offered, you may need to look at going off island to find the course you want.
Each year there are approximately 800 Guernsey students studying off island. Although most students will attend university straight after 6th Form or College, some will choose to take up their studies later into adulthood. Financial support is usually only given to courses at Level 4 and above but there are some exceptions. Check the 'Grants Information' link in this section for full details.
If you are considering self-funding full time study off island, you need to be careful as to the quality and the value of the course you are looking at. This is particularly important if you are looking at 'fast track' courses which claim to give the equivalence of usually longer courses.
A Careers Adviser at Careers Guernsey will be happy to meet with you to guide you through the process of choosing the best course for you and we can also help you with your applications. Contact Us Here to arrange a meeting if you'd like to discuss this.