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Which course is right for you

Which Level?

You will notice that every course in this guide has been given a 'level'. These levels are there to help you decide which course is right for you. To be accepted onto some courses, you'll need to have a certain number of GCSEs and maybe some relevant subjects.

I am expecting...


Few or no GCSEs


2 GCSEs grade D or above


4 GCSEs grade D or above (including English and maths) or

Level 1 qualification

4/5 GCSEs grade C or above (including English and maths) or

Level 2 qualification

A-Level UCAS points or

Level 3 qualification.

All of the above are course depending.

Which level?

Entry Level 

Level 1 (Foundation Level)

Level 2 (Intermediate Level)

Level 3 (Advanced  Level)                           

Level 4/5 (Higher Education)

How long will it take?

1 Year

1 Year

1 Year

2 Years

1/2 Years

What can I do?


Skills for life and work

Foundation Learning

Access to FE

Level 1 Diplomas and Certificates


Intermediate Apprenticeships


Level 2 Diplomas and Certificate

A Levels

Advanced Apprenticeships

Level 3 Extended Diplomas

Level 3 Foundation Diplomas

Access to HE

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher National Certificates (HNC)

Higher National Diplomas (HND)

Foundation Degree

How does this relate?



1-4 GCSEs A*-C

Equivalent to 3 x A Levels

First 2 years of University Bachelors Degree

What Next?

Progress to  Level 1 Study

Progress to Level 2 Study

Progress to Level 3 Study or

Use your skills to start work

Progress to Level 4-6 Study in Higher Education or

Use your skills to start work

Progress to Level 6 Study

Bachelors Degree or

Use your skills to start work

*For all our courses, relevant work experience may be taken into consideration in place of formal qualifications. Please refer to the individual course requirements.

If you’re not sure which level of course you should be applying for, just give us a call on 01908 684444 and we’ll be able to advise you.