WHAT LEVEL 1 AND 2 COURSES ARE AVAILABLE?
GCSEs (LEVEL 2)
You will already know how the system of grading operates for GCSEs. Any students who haven’t already achieved a minimum of grade 4 in both GCSE English and Mathematics will continue to work towards this. A grade 3 is required to re-sit GCSE Maths or English, otherwise you will take functional skill qualifications in these subjects.
GCSE Maths and English resits – or functional skills qualifications in these subjects – can be studied, regardless of subject combinations, at all levels.
You may choose to take a complete course of four or five GCSEs, or supplement two year BTECs, CTECs or A levels with one or two GCSEs, so long as you meet the entry requirements for all your courses. The GCSEs available are likely to include: maths, English language, and science. Personal Finance, a course equivalent to one GCSE, is also available.
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS LEVEL 1 AND 2 AND FREE-STANDING MATHS QUALIFICATION
These are national assessment tests which focus on the practical day-to-day applications of maths and English concepts. The courses are designed to provide a fresh approach for students who did not enjoy or grasp the subjects during their GCSE courses at high school, and are designed to prepare you for GCSE study in English and maths.
ESOL LEVEL 1/2
This course is for those students for whom English is not their first language.
BTEC/CTEC LEVEL 2 QUALIFICATIONS
- Level 2 First in Applied Science
- Level 2 First Certificate in Business
- Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
- Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Sport
- LIBF Level 2 Certificate in Personal Finance
These are full-time courses, though it will be possible to undertake GCSE Maths and/or GCSE English at the same time. These courses provide excellent preparation for entry on to a BTEC/CTEC Level 3 Diploma.
To take a BTEC level 2 qualification, you should have at least grade 3 in GCSE Maths and GCSE English, or have already achieved level 1 in the relevant subject. To progress onto a level 2 programme of study, we generally require you to have four GCSE’s or equivalent at grade D/3.