Levels Explained

Levels Explained

Don’t worry if you find the levels confusing, we will discuss this with you at interview.

Entry Level

Entry level programmes offer an opportunity to learn the basics of a vocational subject.

Entry Requirements : No formal qualifications are required but enthusiasm and an interest in the chosen subject area is essential.

Level 1

Equivalent to 4 GCSEs, D – G
Qualifications are usually completed as preparation for progression to Level 2.

Entry Requirements : Minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade E and/or equivalent experience. Entry Requirements: Minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade E and/or equivalent experience.

Level 2

Equivalent to 5 GCSEs A – C
BTEC First Diplomas and Level 2 qualifications. L2* give direct entry to craft and junior level employment positions and/or progression to Level 3.

Entry Requirements : Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D and/or successful completion of a Foundation Level 1 course and/or equivalent experience.

Level 3

Equivalent to A Levels
BTEC National Diplomas and other Level 3 qualifications. L3* give direct entry to university or technician/middle level employment and/or progression to Level 4.

Entry Requirements : Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade C or higher [specific subjects or additional evidence may be required for particular courses], and/or successful achievement of Level 2 qualification [Merit in BTEC First Diploma] and/or equivalent experience.

Level 4

Equivalent to Degree or Pre-degree
Higher National Certificate, Foundation Degree and first Degree level programmes giving direct entry to professional level employment or training.

Entry Requirements : National Diploma, GCE A Levels, Access to HE Diploma in a related subject.

Level 5

Equivalent to Degree or Pre-degree
Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degree and first Degree level programmes giving direct entry to professional level employment or training.

Entry Requirements : National Diploma, GCE A Levels, Access to HE Diploma in a related subject.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.

As an apprentice you will work for an employer whilst studying for a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). These nationally recognised qualifications have been developed by leading businesses and are designed by industry.

14 – 16

School collaboration programmes are offered at Level 1, Level 2 and BTEC courses. Applications must be made via your high school.