The School Links programme is designed specifically for 14-16 year olds. Students attend college 1-2 days per week, and spend the remaining 3-4 days at their existing school. Courses available include Hair & Beauty, Motor Vehicle, Hospitality & Catering, Engineering, Construction, Media and much more!

At Stoke on Trent College we will give you the skills, experience and knowledge that will allow you to start earning real money and build a solid career. The courses we offer are vocational, which means they help you prepare for your future career. They’re hands on, and our facilities are modern and match those that you will find in industry when you move onto work.

For more information contact our team on 01782 603152.


Kyle Elson – Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy

Kyle joined the college one day a week at the age of 14 on a School Links Games Design course with pupils from other schools. His lecturer, Andy Davenne, described him as ‘quiet yet attentive. He learned all aspects of Pre-Production and some game engine work and we watched Kyle's confidence and self-esteem begin to grow’. Through hard work, Kyle discovered a proficiency in generating interesting ideas for game levels and as a result Kyle became more sociable and confident enough to interact with peers and lecturers. Such was his enthusiasm for college, he took two buses each way to college, developing a 100% attendance and punctuality record. Kyle was very successful on the School Links programme and despite dyslexia, Kyle completed a Level 1 Award and has gained grade C in both his English and ICT GCSE. With these qualifications under his belt he was then able to progress onto a full-time Level 2 Diploma in games and broadcast media. Kyle said: ‘The School Links gaming course gave me the opportunity to learn new skills that really interested me. I struggled at school but coming to college one day a week really helped me to have the confidence to know I could achieve this qualification and enrol onto the full time course. I have made lots of new friends and I feel that I really fit in here’. ... Read more
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