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Qualification Guide

Here we've broken down our course levels to help you understand which level is correct for you, if you are still unsure on your level, give us a call on 01923 812345 and we'll identify where you need to get started! 



Entry Level

Gain essential skills for life and progression at College.

What do I need?

There are no formal entry requirements, feel free to give us a call on 01923 812345 to find out more.

What can I do next?

Continue to improve your skills with higher entry level study, move on to Level 1 or find employment.


Level 1

Get the fundamental knowledge and skills you need for success at College and in your chosen career. Many technical courses such as Motor Vehicle Engineering, Plumbing or Electrical Installation, will require students to start at Level 1 regardless of their prior academic achievement - this is due to these courses requiring technical knowhow to succeed. 

What do I need?

2 GCSEs or a suitable Entry Level qualification.

What can I do next?

You’ll be ready to join a Level 2 course, find an apprenticeship or junior level employment.


Level 2

Equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4, you’ll concentrate on your preferred subject and cover all the essentials to progress to employment or next-level study.

What do I need?

3 GCSEs grades A*-D/9-3 or a suitable Level 1 qualification.

What can I do next?

You’ll be ready to step up to Level 3 courses, begin an apprenticeship or find employment/further training in your chosen industry


Level 3

Fine tune your skills and add specialist knowledge to prepare for a career doing something you love. Choose an Extended Diploma and you’ll work towards a L3 Diploma in your first year and complete your Extended Diploma in your second year.

What do I need?

4 GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4 or a suitable Level 2 qualification. Most Level 3 courses require English Language and/or maths. Some courses have more specific entry requirements.

What can I do next?

Choose from employment, an advanced apprenticeship or a place at university. Our Level 3 courses are worth the same number of UCAS points as 3 A Levels.

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