Foundation Learning: Progression Diploma plus Functional Skills
Entry Requirements - GCSE grades mostly Es and Fs and some other grades
Foundation Learning: Progression Diploma and GCSE or equivalent English, Maths or Science Entry Requirements – GCSE grade D in English or Maths, Mostly GCSE grade Es
BTEC Level 2 Diploma or CACHE Diploma Level 2 plus Functional Skills or GCSE or equivalent English, Maths or Science Entry Requirements – At least 2 GCSE grade Ds, up to 2 GCSE grade Cs
BTEC Extended Diploma or CACHE Diploma Level 3 plus GCSE or equivalent English, Maths or Science Entry Requirements – 4 GCSE grade Cs
4 A Levels (2 can be BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas) plus GCSE or equivalent English, Maths or Science
BTEC Extended Diploma/CACHE Diploma Level 3 plus AS Level or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and GCSE or equivalent English, Maths or Science Entry Requirements – At least 5 GCSE grade Cs
5 A Levels (2 can be BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas) plus GCSE or equivalent English, Maths or Science
BTEC Extended Diploma/CACHE Diploma Level 3 plus 2 AS Levels or AS Level and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus GCSE or equivalent English, Maths or Science Entry Requirements – At least 5 GCSE grade As or A*s
You will also need to check out specific grades required in a particular subject for some courses. Remember when you apply from School, we are looking at your probable GCSE grades. We don't make any final decision until you have your results. In many cases this means we might work on a 'Plan A' and a 'Plan B' with you. No –GCSE qualification in a related subject can count towards this total but we will also look at your overall academic profile. For AS Levels you will usually need a grade C in English
You will need to take Maths or English if you do not already have a GCSE grade C. You will also need a grade C in GCSE Science for certain career routes. Although you will be familiar with these courses, they will be very different at College. Our aim is to get you the vital passport qualifications in English, Maths and Science which are so important to employers and Universities. You might take a GCSE in a year or you might work towards this by taking other qualifications along the way.
These courses take up most of the time on your timetable and will give you a good grounding for further study or work. They are set up to give you a taste of several work-related areas so that you have the maximum range of choices for your next step. There is a strong emphasis on coursework and developing important skills with number, communication and IT.
Level 2 courses each of which is equal to four GCSE grades. If you manage a Distinction, this equals four A grades; a Merit equals 4 Bs and a Pass 4 Cs. Each of the Diplomas will take up most of the time in your timetable and has a strong emphasis on coursework.
A Levels are made up of AS and A2 courses. You take AS exams at the end of the first year as a stepping-stone qualification. The marks from your A2 in the second year are added to the AS to give you your final grade at A Level after 2 years. All the courses are split up into 2 modules each year and you can re-take AS modules in the second year to improve your marks. If you pass these courses, you are given a grade from A to E. All these grades are accepted as passes by universities and employers, not just the A-C grades as for GCSEs. It is important that you have a good level of Maths and English skills before you start A Level study. You will usually need a grade C in English and a minimum of a D in Maths, plus any other specific requirements set out under the subject entries.
These are Level 3 courses that take up nearly the whole of your timetable. Each Extended Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and can be used for University entry as well as for job applications. There is a strong emphasis on coursework with some external testing. These are graded as pass, merit or distinction. In the first year you will take a qualification which is the equivalent of a full A Level before moving on to achieve the full qualification by the end of year two.
These are units of the BTEC Diplomas and each one is equivalent to an A Level. You will take a qualification in year 1 which is the equivalent of AS. In year 2 you will take a qualification which is the equivalent of a full A Level. You would normally take other A Levels or BTECs alongside.
CACHE qualifications in Childcare are recognised by employers and education providers. You can take CACHE qualifications at Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) and Level 3 (A Level equivalent). All of the CACHE courses will take up most of your timetable, but you will be able to take an extra qualification such as English or Maths as well.
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