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  • Qualifications Explained

    There are many different types of post-16 qualifications you can study so it can get a bit confusing. But the good news is that this variety of courses means there is bound to be something that suits your learning style, opens up the career path you’d like to follow and is the right choice for you.

  • Qualifications Explained

    There are many different types of post-16 qualifications you can study so it can get a bit confusing. But the good news is that this variety of courses means there is bound to be something that suits your learning style, opens up the career path you’d like to follow and is the right choice for you.

  • Qualifications Explained

    There are many different types of post-16 qualifications you can study so it can get a bit confusing. But the good news is that this variety of courses means there is bound to be something that suits your learning style, opens up the career path you’d like to follow and is the right choice for you.


 

These courses are for those students who may need life skills support or who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and who wish to study a varied and interesting course at entry level. You can develop your confidence and progress towards further education, training or employment. The course work is based around real life situations and you are encouraged to develop your ability to work independently, to share experiences and to build on your existing skills and knowledge.

Bath College offers the following programmes within its Foundation Learning department:

 

Vocational Access Programme (VAP)

Aimed at young people who are not sure of what they want to do or who need some time to develop their confidence in learning.

 

Step-up Programme

For people who want to find out what they are good at and what they would like to do and then progress to higher study.

 

Life and Independent Living Skills

Caters for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities wishing to improve their independent living skills

 

Project Search

A year-long internship for young people aged 18-24 with learning difficulties or disabilities with a large local employer. This is made up of three 10-week internships in different departments over the year.

 

What you will need

There are no formal entry requirements. You just need enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to succeed. A course tutor will interview you when you apply for these courses.

 

 

A BTEC is a qualification that brings together practical and academic skills at Level 2 and 3 taking a hands-on approach to learning, without missing any of the important theory on the subject. BTECs are assessed through practical, controlled assessments and written work.

 

BTECs are designed for young people interested in a particular sector or industry. They are designed in partnership with industry representatives, so all employer and student needs are met. They are highly valued by a large number of companies, as they like the fact that students have mandatory work experience and there is a strong focus on employability skills and attitudes.

 

One BTEC will usually count as a full-time programme e.g. BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing.

 

What you will need

 

See our Course Level Guide

 

 

Diplomas are similar to BTECs, but are offered by different professional bodies. This ensures the standard of teaching and learning meets the demands of the sector. For example, a Diploma in Art is awarded by the University of Arts London (UAL).

 

Diplomas are delivered at Level 1, 2 and 3 and both BTECs and Diplomas at Level 3 are the equivalent to three A Levels and therefore carry UCAS points, which can be used to gain entry onto a degree programme at university.

 

BTECS and Diplomas are graded by Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction. Some Colleges will require certain grades in order to progress through the levels. E.g. At Bath College you will require a Merit grade on a level 2 to progress on to a level 3 Diploma/BTEC.

 

What you will need.

 

See our Course Level Guide

 

 

NVQs are competence-based qualifications and provide you with the specific skills to do a particular job. They focus on the skills you will need in the workplace and assessment is usually by practical tasks and assignments. They are usually studied alongside a work placement and can be taken as a stand-alone qualification, or as part of an apprenticeship.

 

At Bath College lots of students study NVQs as part of their study programme. One particular course area that takes NVQs are Hair and Beauty students. This is because a large part of their programme is working in the public salons, which

complements their classroom-based learning.

 

What you will need.

 

See our Course Level Guide

 

 

An apprenticeship is a real job with real pay, combining all the benefits of a regular position with worthwhile training. They often suit students who have a clear idea of their career path and who no longer want to study full-time in a classroom environment.

 

Apprenticeships are taught at three levels, each of which usually takes 12-18 months to complete. Of these three levels, you can study two types from age 16 (depending on grades and experience) – Intermediate (level 2) or Advanced (level 3)

 

Key benefits:

  • An opportunity to learn job-specific skills
  • On-the-job training
  • Paid holidays
  • Qualifications
  • Salary

 

See our current apprenticeship vacancies.

 

What you will need

 

See our Course Level Guide

 

A traineeship is an individualised programme for young people, aged 16-24, who aren’t quite ready for the world of work or require a little help securing an apprenticeship.

 

Traineeships can last from 6 weeks to 6 months with the content tailored to your individual needs, including:

  • Work Preparation Training, which ensures you are ready and confident to take the first step in your career, such as an Apprenticeship.
  • Maths and English support to help give you the literacy and numeracy skills needed for the workplace.
  • Work placements, which provide insight and experience of the world of work and make you more attractive to potential employers.

 

Key benefits:

  • Find the sector most suited to you and your career goals
  • Experience multiple work placements
  • Develop your employability skills

What you will need

 

See our Course Level Guide

 

A Levels are academic qualifications offered by colleges and school sixth forms for students aged 16-19. A Levels provide you with an opportunity to study more than one subject.

 

A Levels are currently moving into a linear format, which means all your exams will take place at the end of the two year programme and for a number of the subjects the amount of coursework has been reduced. Within subjects, the weighting placed on exams has increased, so that more of your grade rests on the final exam.

 

Before the new reforms, most students took four AS subjects and continue with three through to A2. A majority of colleges and sixth forms are now deciding to scrap the AS qualification following the reforms, so you will now choose three subjects which you will take through from start to finish.

 

The Government is making these changes to ensure students who take A Levels are better prepared for study at university, which is the destination for the majority of A Level students.

 

 

Still not sure what to do?

 

Visit our Student Advice Centre section for further advice.

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