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14-16 College

We all learn in different ways, and lots of us like to get practical and get out of the classroom as soon as we can. Sometimes, school isn’t for you – but our 14-16 College might be!

You’ll get to study those essential GCSEs in an exciting new environment, and you’ll also start to focus on a future career, building work-related skills and experiences.

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How the 14-16 College works

Everyone studies the 6 core GCSEs below. You then choose a work-related course. In addition to this, you will also have the opportunity to complete the Prince's Trust Achieve Programme and The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Picking a work-related course

This is your chance to start early on a career path you’re passionate about, or get some great experience and skills for an industry you’re interested in.


Learn a trade that could set you up for a long and successful career in the Construction industry.

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Hair and Beauty

Follow your passion, flex your creativity and pursue a career in the booming Hair and Beauty industry.

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Health and Social Care

Follow a career helping others and caring for people in many different circumstances.

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Hospitality and Catering

Get into the kitchen and start developing your skills in Hospitality & Catering.

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Motor Vehicle Engineering

Explore your passion for cars or motorcycles and get a better understanding of how they work.

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Uniformed Services

Develop a career in the Armed Forces, Fire Service, Police or Prison Service.

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About the Hugh Baird 14-16 College

Our 14-16 College is a unique way for young people to learn the essential skills they need for a career in an industry they’re passionate about.

We recognised that some young people like to learn differently and school isn’t always the best place for them. So we provide a young adult environment to help them get a head start on a career they’re passionate about.

At the end of Year 9, they can choose to leave school and join us, studying for their GCSEs and learning essential skills for an industry they’re interested in. They get more independence, more focus on a career they want to do, and loads of practical, hands-on lessons.

Parents, Guardians & Carers

A different approach to learning could be hugely beneficial to your son, daughter or dependent. They’ll get full support both inside and outside the classroom, whatever they need help with.

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Student Life at the Hugh Baird 14-16 College

As well as a more grown-up environment and more practical lessons, students also get access to some amazing, industry-standard facilities and lots of fun activities.

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Financial Support

All College places up to the age of 19 are funded by the Government, so you don’t need to worry about paying for your course. But if you do need help with money, we could help.

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Student Support (The POD)

If you need any help at all during your time with us, or you just want some helpful advice from our expert team, The POD is the place to go for support and a friendly chat.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 14-16 College is a great choice for many young people, but it’s important you understand all about how your time with us will work. It will help you make the best decision for yourself.

For September 2019 entry, we accept students who will be aged 14 on the 31st August 2019 and who are currently in Year 9 (if still in school).

We have a team of Teaching and Learning Assistants who work with all our students, supporting them to access their classes. We also have an outstanding Learner Support department who can provide assessments for any additional needs and help to further support you in your studies.

You will have full access to a range of opportunities for your future progression once you complete the two year programme. You will have the chance to be ‘fast-tracked’ onto a higher-level 16+ vocational course full time or perhaps start a Traineeship or Apprenticeship. Once you are 18, there will also be the option for you to study a degree or equivalent Higher Education (HE) qualification, either at the Hugh Baird University Centre or elsewhere.

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport link are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all over Merseyside. Take a look at our 'How to find us' page to see where we are.

No, the Government funds all college places up to the age of 19.

Yes. Hugh Baird College is a safe environment, confirmed by OFSTED in our last inspection. All staff are trained in Safeguarding and we have a team of dedicated Safeguarding Officers as well as zero tolerance on bullying.

No. It is entirely a choice for you and your family.

Many local Schools allow their year 10 and 11 students out at lunchtime. We have decided to do the same as long as we have a completed permission letter from your family. We will supply these letters at the Transition days in July.

Each department has workwear that reflects the subject area and how employees in that industry dress. The pictures in the brochure and on this website give an idea of how the different outfits look.

At Hugh Baird College, everyone wears a coloured lanyard to show who they are – both staff and students. These are all different colours depending on which department you belong to. All Hugh Baird 14-16 College students will wear lanyards that are two-tone blue. It is important that you wear yours every day to gain access to the College.

Yes, if you are entitled to Free School Meals, these will continue at the Hugh Baird 14-16 College.

Yes – all students will be entitled to a breakfast of juice, porridge and toast as long as they arrive before registration at 8.45am.

If you live more than 3 miles away, we will help with providing a free bus or train pass.

The College day runs from Registration at 8:45am with classes until 3pm, Monday to Friday, and the terms and holiday dates will match those of Sefton Local Authority. However, there may be a need to attend up additional revision or enrichment classes per week until 4pm.

Yes, the College is required to monitor all students’ attendance in the same way as a school. The same rules also apply regarding holidays in term time, i.e. they are not permitted. Any absence must be reported to the 14-16 College on the same day supported by a letter from home and evidence of any medical appointments.

You will be invited in to the college for an informal discussion. If you are then offered a place at the 14-16 College, you will be asked to attend two Transition Days during the Summer to meet the staff and other students. On these two days, you will also get all the information you need for starting at the College. Once you start with us in September, we will let the school and the Local Authority know that you have chosen to attend College.