With many sixth-formers finding out there A-level results today, there may be some who did not get the grades they needed to go to university.
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London offers a range of courses to develop skills and improve education and work prospects, and alternative ways of getting into university.
Carlos Lopez, 28, who previously studied an HNC and HND at CONEL, graduated this year with a BA(Hons) in Games Design from the University of Huddersfield.
He said: “The courses at CONEL were more practical and relevant to what I wanted to do. It meant I was able to stay local and the cost was much lower than going to university for three years.
“My teachers also knew me, and I knew the level expected from me. If I had to do it again I would have done it the same way.
Around 500 students at CONEL progress to university each year and around 60 per cent are in work.
For those looking to higher education, the College offers HNC and HND courses, which can be topped up to an honours degree with a year’s study at university. Course subjects include engineering, science, computing, public services, animation and music.
CONEL also offers an Association of Accounting Technicians apprenticeship at Level 4.
The College provides Access to Higher Education and BTEC Level 3 courses, as an alternative to retaking A-levels, in areas including construction, engineering, science, business and accounting, travel and tourism, public services, ICT and computing, creative media and music.
CONEL students also have access to careers advice and support through UCAS clearing to help them gain a place at university.
To find out more about courses at CONEL call 020 8442 3055 or visit www.conel.ac.uk.