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14-16 School Link Courses

About our 14-16 School Link Courses

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) offers a wide range of subjects with a specialism in vocational courses. We are really proud to have experienced staff who have worked in the areas they teach and are able to pass on valuable knowledge to our students. Our workshops, classrooms and kitchens are filled with bespoke equipment, which is currently used in the workplace, giving our students the opportunity to develop the skills they will need to start their careers.

Who these courses are for

Our 14-16 School Link Courses are year-long programmes that run one day per week for students in year 10 or 11 and can be taken alongside GSCEs at school. These courses are ideal for young people who may learn better in a practical setting and prefer a more hands-on approach to learning as opposed to the academic subjects they study at school.

Our aim

The aim of our 14-16 School Link Courses is to help engage young people who do not perform to their full potential within the school environment. Taking these students out of school for one day a week and giving them the opportunity to spend a day on a vocational course in a practical environment, has a really positive impact and can help to keep them engaged in education at college and at school. By studying these vocational courses students build valuable skills and knowledge of the different types of careers that may be available to them, which will motivate them to succeed on the course.


Our aim is that students who come to us on one of our 14-16 School Link courses will then be able to progress to a full-time vocational course after year 11. Many of our current School Link students will continue their studies with us in a related subject at a higher level in September.

How to apply

Please note that enrolment for all 14-16 School Link Courses has now closed.

An application form must be completed by the school or local authority.

Schools must also send us information of any Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).

Once all information is checked and the college is confident that a place can be offered to the student, we will invite the student in to college to attend a short, informal interview with a member of our teaching staff.

School Link information PDFs

14-16 School Link Course Guide 2018

RuTC Safeguarding Policy

RuTC Disciplinary Procedure


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