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Levels explained

Entry Level
Entry level courses help develop your personal and work skills, in preparation for further qualifications and study levels. They are available at three levels and include subjects such as Childcare, Health & Social Care, ESOL and Motor Vehicle.

Level 1 – Foundation Level
Level 1 courses usually last for one year and are ideal for those with little knowledge of the subject area. On successful completion learners can move onto study a Level 2 course if they meet the entry requirements.

Level 2 – Intermediate Level
Level 2 courses usually last for one year and are equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grade 4 and above (or grade C and above on the previous grading system). A level 2 course will develop your subject knowledge further and build on your practical experience at college and through work experience. On successful completion learners can move onto study a level 3 course if they meet the entry requirements.

Level 3 – Advanced Level
Level 3 courses generally last two years, depending on the size of qualification. They are equivalent to A Levels and are designed to develop an in-depth knowledge of a particular subject area, essential for progression onto University or into higher level roles in the world of work.

Level 4/5 – Higher Education
Level 4/5 courses are degree level courses. Level 4 HNCs usually last for one year, and level 5 HNDs for two years, and aim to develop a specialised in-depth knowledge of a subject area. After successful completion of the level 5, learners can gain employment or alternatively progress
onto a ‘top up’ degree. Other HE qualifications include Foundation Degrees, NVQ 4 and 5,
Higher Apprenticeships and other Professional qualifications.

 

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