Welcome to the Plym Learning Consortium

Coombe Dean School, Hele’s School, Plympton Academy, Plymstock School
When you join Coombe Dean, you will become part of the Plym Learning Consortium (PLC) which covers four secondary schools to the east of Plymouth. The PLC provides over 500 students with access to a broad range of Level 3 BTEC and A Level courses.
Whichever you choose, the decision to continue to gain further skills, knowledge and qualifications is certain to help you make progress towards achieving your career ambitions. You can be assured of the full support of your teachers, tutors and PLC.


The PLC serves students attending 4 schools to the east of Plymouth. Its rationale is to offer the widest choice possible to all our students enabling continued progression towards chosen career paths. The consortium seeks to provide opportunities for students to access as broad a curriculum as possible, particularly where it is increasingly difficult for an individual school to sustain very small class sizes.


Transport is provided by the PLC minibus which takes students from each school to a partner school for study. The minibus runs before period 1 and after period 5 as well as at break time and lunchtime each day.

Being a Partnership Student

If your home centre does not offer your preferred combination of courses, partnership working makes it possible for you to study up to two courses at another centre. All centres report on student progress and attainment regularly and this information is shared in the first instance with the home school which then distributes it.

Entry Requirements

For all subjects, students wishing to study at a partner PLC school are required to meet the entry requirements for the course as set out in the partner school’s prospectus. Depending on the subject(s) you are interested in, there may be further requirements which will be discussed with you at interview.

How to Apply

You will need to complete the application form provided by your home school who will liaise on your behalf.


“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Vocational Courses

We work with a consortium of schools, colleges and training providers in Plymouth, to offer work based learning opportunities for Plymouth and its ‘travel to learn’ zone students.
The vocational pathway offers a huge range of courses for students that want a different learning experience. Courses ranging from Animal Care to Hairdressing and from Automotive to Construction are offered to students at Coombe Dean. The vocational tutor runs a different support programme. The tutor meets with tutees in school to check their learning programme is going to plan. They also visit students during their vocational days. On school days students have the opportunity to undertake retakes in English and Maths GCSE where necessary, and A Level qualifications to complement their learning.


Assessment varies across the range of courses although most are through written assignments, observation, professional discussion and unit tests.
Most courses include students producing a portfolio of evidence proving their competence within the vocational sector.


These courses are also suitable for students that are wanting to advance onto higher level apprenticeships or move into the career after the course.


Students have the opportunity to use both practical and written skills and in some cases complete work experience placements as part of the course.
Students can progress onto higher vocational courses, including university, Higher Apprenticeships or straight into employment.


Lead Co-ordinator
Mrs Isaac

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Upcoming School Events...

  • Year 9 Parents Evening 10/02/2021 at 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Year 10 Parents' Evening - Timings TBC 08/03/2021 at 3:15 pm – 6:15 pm
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