Teenagers can get a head start in the world of industry while studying for core GCSE subjects in new courses described as the first of their kind in Hounslow.
West Thames College, in Isleworth, is offering 14-year-olds the chance to learn vocational skills at industry standard facilities at the same time as preparing for GCSEs in English, maths and science.
Young people of all abilities who are currently in year nine have been invited to apply for a place on one of the full-time courses, due to begin this September.
Successful applicants will be able to gain practical experience in engineering or logistics and benefit from the college's links with local employers.
The courses will prepare them to start work, take up an apprenticeship or go on to advanced vocational training.
Tracy Aust, the college's deputy principal for curriculum and quality, said: "We know that students learn in different ways to reach their potential. This programme is about giving young people another choice. We will equip them with the practical skills they need to get a good start in the future jobs market."
West Thames College, whose alumni include Freddie Mercury and Rufus Sewell, claims to be one of just a handful of colleges around the country authorised to accept pupils at 14 to complete their compulsory education, and the only one in the Hounslow area.
It previously only offered the courses, rated 'outstanding' last year by Ofsted inspectors, to students referred by their schools.
You can learn more about the new courses at the college's open day at Feltham Skills Centre, Boundaries Road, Feltham, on Saturday (April 25), from 10am. For more details, register at west-thames.ac.uk or call 020 8326 2020.