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The range of qualifications can be confusing. Here we explain what each level means. Some courses will have specific entry requirements so make sure you check before applying.

If you still have questions, come along to an Open Evening or give us a call on 01264 360030 and we will be happy to help.


  • Level 3

    2 Years 

    • A Levels
    • Diploma, 90 credit and and Extended Diplomas
    • Entry requirements – five (Extended Diploma) or four (Diploma) GCSEs at grade 4 or 5/C or above or a Level 2 at Merit or above. English and Maths at Grade 4. Many subjects require English and/or Maths at grade 5

    Could lead to…

    University/Higher Education, an apprenticeship or employment


  • Level 2

    1 year

    • Diploma
    • Entry requirements – at least four GCSEs at grade 3/D or above or a Level 1 qualification. English and Maths at grade 3 or above

    Could lead to…

    Employment, a Level 3 course or apprenticeship


  • Level 1

    1 Year

    • Diploma
    • Entry requirements – GCSEs at grade 3-1/ D-E or an entry-level 3 course

    Could lead to… 

    Employment, a Level 2 course or apprenticeship


  • Foundation Studies Programme

    Equip yourself with the skills you need to move to the next level. 

    If your results don’t quite fit our main programmes, don’t worry. We have a specifically created programme to take you to the next level.

    The Skills Academy programme is designed for those who don’t have any GCSE results, may have lower grades or a learning difficulty. We’ll tailor the programme to your needs from Entry 2 to Level 1 to get you up to speed and moving on up.

    The holistic Skills Academy programme is designed to:

    • Help you focus on achieving your English, Maths and ICT qualifications
    • Develop your employability skills
    • Give you the opportunity to try enrichment activities or technical skills
    • Help you choose the right course to progress towards your goals