John Ruskin College

Entry Requirements for 2018

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Entry Requirements for 2018

John Ruskin College puts English and Maths at the heart of its curriculum as these are the skills that underpin learning and work. We’re keen to ensure that you achieve. We will assess your English and Maths skills levels to make sure we tailor your learning to what you need to be successful. This is not a test but it is vital to us understanding what we need to do to help you.

We take your previous achievement to decide your next step/ challenge in English/ Maths. When you join us we use diagnostic assessment of your English and Maths Skills to plan individualised learning for you so that you can succeed in your new challenge. The results of this will be used to determine the appropriate level of course and the correct level of support that each person needs. Don’t worry! The assessment will be short and you do not have to prepare for it. It is all about getting to know you well and planning how to help you achieve each step.

To ensure clarity, we have included both the old and new grade boundaries.

Entry requirements for Apprenticeships

L2 Intermediate Apprenticeships You will need 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 or above including Maths and English. You will need to either be in full time employment and requiring new skills for your role or have identified an employer who is keen to employ you as an Apprentice. Alternatively, you can apply to any of the live vacancies on our website.
L3 Advanced Apprenticeships You will usually have completed the Level 2 Apprenticeship to progress on to the Advanced Apprenticeship. You will need to either be in full time employment in a junior supervisor or management role and requiring new skills for your job or have identified an employer who is keen to employ you as an Apprentice. Alternatively, you can apply to any of the live vacancies on our website.
L4+ Higher Apprenticeships You will need at least 7 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English, to have or expect 3 A Levels grade C or above or successfully completed an Advanced Apprenticeship, (you will be in a supervisory or management role).

Entry Requirements for Vocational Courses (BTEC/VRQ)/ESOL

To be enrolled on full time 16-18 Vocational Courses at John Ruskin College, you will need
to meet the following entry requirements:

To enrol on a Level 3 course A minimum of English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and Maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and any of the below (unless stated otherwise):
– 2 other GCSEs at grade C/4 (or above)
OR
– Merit at Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate (or above)
OR
– Merit at Level 2 VRQ Diploma
OR
– Pass at Level 2 NVQ
To enrol on a Level 2 course A minimum of English Language GCSE at grade D/3 or above (or equivalent) and Maths GCSE at grade D/3 or above (or equivalent) and any of the below (unless stated otherwise):
– 2 other GCSEs at grade D/3 (or above)
OR
– Merit at Level 1 BTEC Certificate (or above)
OR
– Pass at Level 1 VRQ Diploma
OR
– Pass at Level 1 NVQ
To enrol on a Level 1 course You must show through initial assessment that you are working towards English and Maths skills at Level 1. You will also need to demonstrate commitment, a good attendance record and a willingness to learn.
To enrol on ESOL Courses You will need to demonstrate commitment and a willingness to learn and an awareness of the importance of an excellent attendance record. You will be placed on the right level of course through initial assessment and interview. You will progress to the next level if you already have an ESOL qualification.

Foreign qualifications

The NARIC database will be used at Enrolment to assess the equivalency of foreign
qualifications of Applicants.


This diagram demonstrates the range of levels and qualifications offered at the College and the progression routes available depending on individual qualifications on entry.

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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.