15Sep

Qualifications

We offer a variety of different qualifications so that all pupils study a course that is the most appropriate for their learning styles and assessment needs. These include:

GCSE

  • General Certificate of Secondary Education. These are the main qualification taken by 15-16 year olds in schools and colleges. You can also take them if you want to gain a qualification in a subject you are interested in, at any age.
  • The qualification mainly involves studying the theory of a subject combined with some investigative work.
  • They are usually studied full-time at school or college, taking two years to complete. Short courses are also available.
  • GCSEs are at levels 1 and 2 on the National Qualifications Framework, depending on the grade you get.

BTEC Level 1 Courses

  • BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) awards are work-related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students.
  • They’re built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university.
  • They provide a practical, real-world approach to learning without sacrificing any of the essential subject theory.
  • They can be taken alongside, or in place of, GCSEs and A levels. They can also form the knowledge component of Foundation Learning or BTEC Apprenticeships.
  • Available across a wide range of industry sectors, they’re continually developed and updated to meet the needs of employers and learners.
  • BTECs have been around for nearly 30 years and their reputation is second to none.
  • They’re recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the UK and in over 100 countries worldwide.
  • They offer natural progression along a vocational path, from and to academic qualifications and university.
  • BTEC qualifications are developed with key industry representatives and sector skills councils.
  • Many industry and professional bodies offer exemptions to successful BTEC students for their own accredited qualifications.
  • BTECs come in different levels, from Entry Level (Foundation Learning) right through to professional qualifications at Level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study).
  • They also come in different sizes at each level. The smallest size is an Award, the next size is a Certificate and the largest is a Diploma.
  • The time taken to complete a BTEC depends on the size and level of the qualification, and also whether the qualification is studied full- or part-time.
  • The number of units varies according to the design and focus of each qualification.

Functional Skills

  • Functional Skills contain the core elements of English, Mathematics and ICT and students who take these qualifications will develop the transferable skills needed in everyday life and at work.
  • The qualification mainly involves studying contextualized and relevant scenarios to learn problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics and ICT.
  • They can be studied as a stand-alone qualification
  • Functional Skills are accredited to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and are offered at:Entry levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Functional Skills were designed to address the concerns of employers that many young people and adults lacked a firm understanding of the basic English, Maths and ICT.
  • Studying Functional Skills will help you to develop the transferable skills you need in everyday life and at work.