You can study your chosen subjects in different ways, depending on whether you prefer a more academic or a more hands-on approach.
To help you decide which option is best for you, we have explained the different qualifications below.
You can also find expert guidance at our Open Events and at your interview, where we will talk through all options with you to help you find the courses best suited to your future plans.
Vocational courses are work-related courses. They are often developed in partnership with industry representatives to make sure you are well prepared to meet the requirements of employers in your future career.
If you choose a vocational course, you will take a more practical approach to learning, whilst still covering important theory on the subject. Our Sixth Form Vocational courses are offered at different levels depending upon your GCSE results, and are available in a range of subject areas.
Level 3 Diplomas
The Level 3 Diploma is a great option for you if you have done well at GCSE level but now wish to move on to a vocational course related to your career plans.
All courses will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for employment or Higher Education in your chosen field and some involve a significant element of work placement.
Level 2 Diplomas
Level 2 Diplomas are vocational courses that allow you to focus on the career area of your choice and develop the knowledge and skills that employers will be looking for.
You will have the chance to choose a course that fits in with the strengths you have developed at school and with your future plans. Courses usually last for one year and you will need a number of GCSE passes at grade D or above to qualify.
Level 1 Diplomas
Level 1 Diplomas are usually aimed at those who are hoping to progress from GCSE and are working at a grade D-G.
The courses aim to further basic knowledge within your chosen area and improve your competence in carrying out tasks relating to job roles within given industry.
You may want to take a GCSE subject alongside an A level or a Vocational course to complement your studies, or improve existing grades.
Designed for 16-19 year old’s who may need to achieve a qualification in order to progress to a Level 2 course or employment.
Suitable for anyone wanting to develop their English, Mathematics or ICT skills.
Functional Skills can be taken alongside level 1 and 2 courses.
Apprenticeships allow you to train on the job and be paid as an employee whilst also studying for a nationally recognised vocational qualification – so you earn while you learn.
Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate for Employment (PACE)
Whether you are aiming for an apprenticeship, deciding on your next step, or you wish to enter further education, this one-year course will develop your core abilities.