GUIDE TO QUALIFICATIONS AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS BTEC QUALIFICATIONS
(NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS)
BTECs and similar vocational qualifications each focus on a particular type of work.
NVQs are work-related qualifications concentrating on practical skills for industry.
These are more practical courses, which prepare you for employment or Higher Education. BTECs are assessed through coursework and up to 25% external assessment. Entry grades vary according to the level of the course.
You can train in your chosen career and get a recognised qualification in subjects like construction, exercise and fitness or hairdressing. There are three levels, so entry requirements vary according to the level you choose:
DIPLOMA LEVEL 1
LEVEL 1 – FOUNDATION
These are one year courses, equivalent to gaining four GCSEs at grade 3. You would usually progress onto Level 2.
Foundation skills teaching you the basic skills you need to progress to the next level.
DIPLOMA LEVEL 2
LEVEL 2 – INTERMEDIATE
These are one year courses, approximately equivalent to gaining four or five GCSEs at grade 9–4 (or grade C or above). These provide the skills you need for employment and you can usually join your chosen industry at this point.
These are considered craft level meaning you can usually go into industry at this level. Equivalent to GCSEs at grade 9–4 (or grade C or above).
DIPLOMA LEVEL 3 Taken over two years, the Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels, and the Extended Diploma to three A Levels. You are mostly assessed through assignments and a portfolio of work as well as teamwork. Many students progress to university and find their specialist knowledge gives them a head start.
LEVEL 3 – ADVANCED These are advanced technician level courses and are the equivalent to two A Levels.
GCSEs AND FUNCTIONAL SKILLS If you don’t already have a Level 2 qualification (GCSEs) in English and Maths then you can re-sit these at college. If you need some more preparation you can study a Functional Skills course first. We have a team of specialist teachers who will support you to pass these subjects.
Level 2 Award/Certificate
Approximately grade 4 or above
Level 3 Extended Certificate
One A Level
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
One A Level
Level 3 Diploma
Two A Levels
Level 3 Extended Diploma
Three A Levels
We are transitioning to new BTEC qualifications and therefore there maybe some variation between the qualifications offered at each college.
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