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Level 2 Courses

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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 and/or English.

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 GCSE Maths and/or English and a course equivalent to one GCSE.


  • Level 2 First in Applied Science
  • Level 2 First Certificate in Business
  • Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • Level 2 First Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

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 GCSEs or equivalent at grade D/3.