Qualifications Explained

Our courses and qualifications fall under four broad categories: A-levels, Vocational, Apprenticeships and T-levels.


A-levels give you a broader pathway to university and suit students who want to progress onto specific courses at university. It is possible to study either three or four A-levels in your first year. Our expert staff will advise you as to which is the best option for you. You can study any combination of A-levels that you would like to do. Please note that some university degree courses will require you to study specific A-levels and we offer advice and guidance to ensure you select the most appropriate ones.


Vocational courses have a mix of practical and academic content are generally designed for students who wish to go directly into employment or go on to further training or a university course of a related area. Students study one vocational course only. Vocational courses are offered at different levels to suit the needs and abilities of our students. 


Apprenticeships are an excellent way of earning money and gaining work experience while you learn. Typically, you will complete a Level 2 NVQ alongside your work placement. Many students also go on to complete a Level 3 NVQ as part of an Advanced Apprenticeship. In order to start an Apprenticeship, you will have to be successful in an interview to gain employment. Find out more about apprenticeships here. 


T-levels are the technical equivalent to A-levels. T-levels combine classroom-based learning with a long-term industry work placement throughout the course that enables students to put into practice the skills they have learnt in the classroom in a real-life working situation. Each T-level course involves an industry placement, which is a 315-hour work placement with an employer that aligns to your area of study and the career path that you are aiming to succeed in. Find out more about T-Levels here.

Your Options

If you are unsure about which course option is right for you, do not worry. We understand that it is a big decision. If you are unsure what you want to do, you can still apply to College and we can discuss your options at your interview. You are not committed to the courses you apply for or that are offered to you at the interview. When you come to enrol, that is when you’ll be asked to make your final choice.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for all of our courses are outlined on the individual course pages in our Prospectus. Grade requirements listed are for GCSE grades. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Please note that the entry requirements stated in our course guides are based on the current GCSE grading.