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What are a levels / vocational qualifications?

What kind of person is suited to different courses ?

Where can different qualifications take you?

What are the college entry requirements?

What are UCAS points?

How many subjects can I study

Click here for a list of subjects

Which courses are right for me?

AS and A-Level

  • I prefer exams to coursework
  • I like learning about theories, ideas and facts
  • I want to study 4 or 5 subjects in depth
  • I’m good at revising
  • I want to keep my options open for employment, university or higher level apprenticeships

Vocational courses

  • I prefer coursework to exams
  • I want to study topics that will directly relate to a specific career I have in mind
  • I want to keep the option of going to university open
  • I want the opportunity of work experience that will help to start your career

Apprenticeships

  • I’m ready to start the career I’m interested in now
  • I want the experience of studying whilst working
  • I want to gain career specific qualifications
  • I want to start earning money

A*-B

I will Achieve mainly A*/A's

4+ A-Levels

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification or General Studies, High Achievers Group. High level literacy and numeracy.

I will Achieve mainly A*/B

3 A Levels and an AS Level

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification or General Studies. High level literacy and numeracy.

What can this lead to?

Progress to university, employment, training, apprenticeship or further study.

C's

I will Achieve mainly C's

Mixed Package of a Level 3 Vocational Extended Diploma plus an AS or A Level

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification. Employability Skills.

I will Achieve mainly C's

3 A Levels

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification or General Studies or small vocational diploma. Literacy and Numeracy. Employability Skills.

I will Achieve mainly C's

2 A Levels and a Vocational Diploma

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification. Employability Skills.

I will Achieve mainly C's

Level 3 Vocational or Two Vocational Diplomas

Tutorial, enrichment plus work experience. Literacy and Numeracy. Employability Skills.

What can this lead to?

Progress to a level 3 course, employment, training or anapprenticeship.

D-F

I will Achieve mainly D's

Level 2 Vocational Diploma

Tutorial, enrichment plus a significant amount of work experience. Literacy and Numeracy. Employability Skills.

I will Achieve mainly E-F's

Level 1 Land Based Programme or Work Readiness Programme

Tutorial, enrichment plus a significant amount of work experience. Literacy and Numeracy. Employability Skills.

What can this lead to?

Progress to a level 1 or 2 course, training,apprenticeship or move into employment.

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4+ A Levels

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification, High Achievers Group, High level literacy and numeracy

Progress to university, employment, training, apprenticeship or further study.

3 A Levels and an AS Level

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification, High level literacy and numeracy

Mixed Package of a Level 3 Vocational Extended Diploma plus an AS or A Level

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification and Employability Skills

Progress to university, employment, training, apprenticeship or further study.

Mixed Package of a Level 3 Vocational Extended Diploma plus an AS or A Level

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification and Employability Skills

3 A Levels

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification or small vocational diploma. Literacy and Numeracy & Employability Skills

2 A Levels and a Vocational Diploma

Tutorial, enrichment and progression preparation plus a small amount of work experience. Extended Project Qualification & Employability Skills

Progress to university, employment, training, apprenticeship or further study.

Level 1 Land Based Programme or Traineeship Programme

Tutorial, enrichment plus a significant amount of work experience. Literacy and Numeracy. Employability Skills

Progress to a level 1 or 2 course, training, apprenticeship or move into employment

Level 3 Vocational or Two Vocational Diplomas

Tutorial, enrichment plus a small amount of work experience. Literacy and Numeracy. Employability Skills

Progress to university, employment, training, apprenticeship or further study.

Level 2 Vocational Diplomas

Tutorial, enrichment plus a significant amount of work experience. Literacy and Numeracy. Employability Skills

Progress to a level 3 course, employment training or an apprenticeship

Level 1 Land Based Programme or Traineeships Vocational Diplomas

Tutorial, enrichment plus a significant amount of work experience. Literacy and Numeracy. Employability Skills

Progress to a level 1 or 2 course, employment training or an apprenticeship