Qualifications

A guide to the qualifications on offer at the Academy.

 

L2 and L3 GCSE & VRQ

The VRQ City and Guilds Qualifications are recognised as industry standard. Full details are available from departments offering these courses.

GCSEs are standard one year courses.

L3 AS/A2 Levels

A Levels are split into two parts: AS in the first year and A2 in the second. AS is a qualification in itself which counts for UCAS points. The two years’ study (AS plus A2) is a full A Level. You can study both A Levels and BTEC National Awards at the same time. A Levels are usually assessed by a combination of exams and coursework, or sometimes by exams only.

Entry criteria:
5 A*-C at GCSE including English and maths plus subject specific requirements

L3 BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma

This is a two year, full-time course which is the equivalent to one A Level and is coursework based.

Entry criteria:
5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent including English or maths

L3 BTEC Diploma

This is a two year, full-time course which is the equivalent to two A Level courses and is coursework based.

Entry criteria:
5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent including English or maths.