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Choosing the Right Study Level

 
 

Qualifications explained

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.

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.

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

 

Which Level should I study?

Entry Level

What do I need? - Few or no GCSEs

How long will it take? 1 Year

What courses can I do? Pre-GCSE, skills for life and work

What can I do next? Progress to Level 1 study

Level 1 (Foundation)

What do I need? 2 GCSEs Grade D or above or Grade 2-9

How long will it take? 1 Year

Which courses can I do?Access to FE, Level 1 Diplomas and Certificates or Traineeships

What can I do next? Progress to Level 2 Study

Level 2 (Intermediate)

What do I need? - 4 GCSE's grade D or above (including English or Maths) or Grade 2-9 or Level 1 qualification

How long will it take? 1 Year

What courses can I do? Level 2 Diplomas and Certificates or Intermediate Apprenticeships

How does this relate? 1-4 GCSEs A*- C

What can I do next? Progress to Level 3 study or use your skills to start work

Level 3 (Advanced)

What do I need? - 4/5 GCSE's grade C or above (including English or Maths) or Grade 3-9 or Level 2 qualification

How long will it take? 1 or 2 Years

What courses can I do? A Levels, Advanced Apprenticeships, Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Level 3 Foundation Diplomas, Access to HE

How does this relate? 3 X A levels

What can I do next? Progress to Level 4-6 study in Higher Education or use your skills to start work

Level 4/5 (Higher Education)

What do I need? A-Level UCAS points or Level 3 qualification. All of the above are course depending.

How long will it take? 1 or 2 Years

What courses can I do? Higher Apprenticeships, Higher National Certificates (HNC), Higher National Diplomas (HND), Foundation Degree

How does this relate? First 2 years of University Bachelor Degree

What can I do next? Progress to Level 6 study, Bachelors Degree or use your skills to start work