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 Qualifications explained

Levels and Qualifications

The below shows how different qualifications compare with one another, as well as the progression route you could take.

Entry L​evel

Entry Level qualifications can help you build skills, increase your knowledge and boost your confidence. No entry requirements.

Progress to: A range of courses at Level 1


Level 1

GCSE grades D-G
BTEC Introductory Level
Real Skills for Work
Courses for the Unemployed

Progress to: A range of courses at Level 2 or employment
Level 2
  • GCSE grades A* - C
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • NVQ 2
    BTEC First Diplomas

Progress to: A range of courses at Level 3 or employment


Level 3
  • AS/A2 Levels
    Advanced Apprenticeship
    NVQ 3
    BTEC National Diplomas
    Access to Higher Education

Progress to: A range of Higher Education courses at Level 4 and above (either through the College or at University), or employment.
  • Level 4 and Level 5

  • Higher Apprenticeship
  • Foundation Degree
    Degree (BA, BSc etc)
    NVQ 4 and 5
    HNC and HND
    Postgraduate (PGCE, MA, MSc)





  • Access to Higher Education
    Higher National Certificates (HNCs)
    Higher National Diplomas (HNDs)
    Foundation Degrees
    Professional Body Accreditations



  • BTECs


Adult bite-size courses

We offer many short courses that provide you with an introduction to a new skill, whilst meeting new people and having fun! Bite-size courses can vary from a few hours to a few weeks, and many of them are Free!