Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Study programmes

At the MET, we provide more than just your chosen qualification.

All students are enrolled on a specialised Study Programme, which is tailored to your specific educational needs.

Main qualification

Your Study Programme includes the main qualification you are studying towards in your chosen subject, e.g. City & Guilds or BTEC Level 2 or Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas.

English and maths

Achieving a good standard of English and maths skills — grade 9–4 (A*-C) in both subjects at GCSE — is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress to. These qualifications can also mean higher earnings in the future!

The MET is dedicated to ensuring students aged 16–18, who have not yet achieved grade 4 or above in GCSE English and GCSE Maths gain these qualifications.

What does this mean for me? 

If you don’t have a grade 4 (C) or above in either GCSE English or GCSE Maths you will be enrolled on both these qualifications as part of your Study Programme. If you have a GCSE grade lower than a 5 (D), this is more likely to be a Functional Skills qualification.

If you have a GCSE grade 4 or above in one subject but not the other you will be enrolled on the relevant qualification as part of your Study Programme. This will either be Functional Skills or a GCSE retake programme and you will be able to discuss this with a subject expert.

If you already have grade 4 (C) or above in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths you will not be enrolled on any English or maths qualifications, but you will continue to develop and apply your skills throughout the rest of your Study Programme. You will also have the opportunity to improve your GCSE grades in English and maths if you wish. 

Find out more about entry requirements and the change to GCSE grading here.

Employment skills

Your Study Programme will help prepare you for work or higher-level study. There will be many opportunities for you to learn and develop your employability skills and you will keep a record of how and when you demonstrate these skills. This could be as part of your course or work experience or by taking part in a range of employment-focused activities.

Employers have identified seven key employability skills which they look for when recruiting. These are:

  • Self-management
  • Team-working 
  • Business and customer service awareness
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication and literacy
  • Application of numeracy
  • Application of IT

At the MET, we want you to have the edge when applying for jobs, therefore we provide you with opportunities to learn and develop these skills. 

Employment skills

Work experience

Work experience is vital in helping you to progress and, through partnerships with local employers, we will help you to become ‘work-ready’ through work experience placements, industry visits, job shadowing and real-life projects.

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To ensure you get the most out of your time at the MET and to prepare you for future employment or study, there are a range of College activities and initiatives to get involved in. At the MET these activities are known as ‘enrichment’ and they provide excellent opportunities to make new friends, help other students and boost your CV.

A supportive environment

We work hard to make sure our students are given the support they need to succeed throughout their course. Check out this video to hear some of the lovely things they had to say about us.

Progression support

UCAS support

If you are thinking about going to university, we’ll make sure you have the information you need to choose the right place to study, apply successfully and be prepared for interviews. We will also provide you with information and advice about higher education funding applications.

Employment support

To give you the best chances of finding your dream job when you leave us, we will help you create a first class CV, research the careers you are interested in, apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. Our links with local employers will ensure we provide you with the latest advice about the skills they are looking for and which jobs are available.

Find out more about our careers and employability service here.

Progression support