Other qualifications at 16
In addition to A Levels, a variety of other qualifications are available and include the following.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma
This is a one year vocational course equivalent to four GCSEs A*- C. If necessary, you may be able to re-sit GCSE English, maths or science if you achieve grade D or below at school.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
This is a two year vocational course equivalent to one A Level and would be taken alongside other qualifications as part of a full college or sixth-form study programme. You need to have achieved five GCSEs at A* - C including English, maths and sometimes science.
This is a two year vocational course which is equivalent to two A Levels, giving you the opportunity to take another course alongside it. You need to have achieved five GCSEs at A* - C, including English, maths and sometimes science.
BTEC Extended Diploma
This is a two year vocational course which is equivalent to three A Levels. You will need to have achieved five GCSEs at A* - C, including English, maths and sometimes science.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
This programme enables you to study a wider range of subjects, including English, maths, science, languages, humanities and visual arts. As part of the course, you are required to complete additional activities including an extended essay and involvement in community projects. You need to have at least five GCSEs A* – C as a minimum entry requirement. If you are considering this, you should explore this option with colleges and universities to ensure it is appropriate for your higher education ideas.
BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (pre-degree)
This is offered to students who have achieved A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications and are looking to apply to a university to study an Art and Design degree.
See college websites for more details.
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