Guide to Qualifications

Choosing which qualification to study can be difficult and sometimes confusing. This brief guide aims to provide you with a great understanding of the qualifications on offer at our College. Although the names of the qualifications we offer might be new to you, they are recognised by industry and universities as programmes that will provide the skills and knowledge they want their future employees or students to have.


Postgraduate Diploma
Bachelor Degree
Professional Certificate



Masters Level
These courses are part-time and validated by the College or University.

Professional Diploma
Foundation Degree
Higher National Diploma
Higher National Certificate
Higher Level Apprenticeship
Level 4 Award / Certificate


Second Year of a Degree

Full and part time flexible employment related courses that combine traditional College study with learning that takes place at work.

L3 Access Course
L3 BTEC Extended Diploma
L3 BTEC Diploma
L3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
L3 BTEC Certificate
L3 Apprenticeship
L3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
GCE As & A2 







3 GCE A Levels
3 GCE A Levels
2 GCE A Levels
1 GCE A Levels
1 GCE A Levels






Access courses are for adults with few or no formal educational qualifications who wish to prepare for entry to University.

Level 3 courses are recognised by employers and help you secure work or enter into Higher Education.







L2 BTEC Diploma
L2 BTEC Extended Certificate
L3 BTEC Certificate
L2 Skills for Work
L2 Apprenticeship
L2 Traineeships
L2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
L1 BTEC Certificates and Awards







4 GCSEs (A*-C)
2 GCSEs (A*-C)
1 GCSEs (A*-C) 


If you have less than 4 GCSEs L2 courses provide a more practical way of studying and progressing to Level 3.

L1 BTEC Certificates and Awards
L1 Skills for Work
L1 Skills for Life
L1 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)







These courses address personal and developmental needs to enable you to gain the necessary skills to move to the next level.

Entry Level BTEC Qualifications 0