The College currently specialises in vocational courses (BTEC and NVQ qualifications) which can lead you directly to university, Apprenticeships, Higher Education courses at the College, or employment. Studying on one of these courses involves continuous assessment, mainly through coursework, practical work-related assignments, work experience and in some cases online tests. These courses are largely non-exam based.
From September 2013, there will also be an exciting opportunity on offer for those of you who wish to embark on one of our new highly specialised A Level Pathways in Medical Sciences or Technology and Engineering. Details can be found by clicking here.
What does each level mean? (Applicable to BTEC/NVQ courses.)
Foundation Learning - Entry Level Vocational Gateway
This is a one year course which specialises in a variety of vocational pathways. This is for students who have fewer than 4 Es at GCSE or no qualifications at all. Alongside your vocational subjects you will attend Upskiller Maths, English and ICT sessions, Workskills and Personal and Social Development. On completion you can progress on to a Level 1 course.
Foundation Learning - Level 1 courses
These are one year courses which specialise in one or two subject areas. Alongside your Level 1 vocational subjects you will attend Upskiller Maths and English sessions, Employability Skills and Customer Services. On completion you can progress to a Level 2 course.
Level 2 courses
These are one year courses which specialise in one subject area. Alongside your Level 2 course you will work towards an English and Maths qualification. On completion you can progress to a Level 3 course.
Level 3 courses
These are predominantly two year courses and are equivalent to three A Levels. These courses specialise in one subject area.
ESOL courses are also available from Pre-Entry Level - Entry Level 3. Please click here for more information.
Please check all entry requirements for each level.
Please note: the NVQ programmes at level 1 offered in the Hair and Beauty Department are not part of the Foundation Learning programmes. Please click here for more information.