Course Levels Explained
Foundation Level (Level 1 and Entry Level)
Students working at Foundation Level will follow either a vocational or Independent Living Skills Course, Functional Skills and a personal development programme. This Level is designed for students achieving four GCSEs at Grades E or below.
Intermediate Level (Level 2)
BTEC Level 2 Diplomas are designed for students who have at least five GCSEs at Grade D/E. Students following such courses must sit English and Maths at GCSE if they have not achieved a Grade C, or an appropriate level in Functional Skills Maths and English.
Advanced Level (Level 3)
At Advanced Level, students follow a vocational route studying a BTEC Extended Diploma (which usually requires five GCSEs at Grade C or above) which is assessed mainly by coursework projects and assignments, but some do modules do have exams.
BTEC Extended Diplomas are available as Subsidiary (1 year) or Extended (2 years). The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels, and the Subsidiary Diploma to one A Level.
QCF (Levels 1 -3)
Qualification and Credit Framework Qualifications (QCFs) are job-related qualifications and are all about employment skills. A QCF proves that you meet national standards set by employers, and that you can actually do a job rather than just write or talk about it. QCFs are assessed by observing you at work, by materials you produce or collect, and by tests.