Options for Further Education

Once you finish your GCSEs at the age of 16, there are a number of routes you can take to ‘further your education’. You can either stay at your school to continue your studies at A Level standard or you can choose to study a vocational route at your local College.


THE BENEFITS OF VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Vocational Qualifications (such as Level 3 BTEC courses) are practical and work related. They offer real life experience, including residential trips, working with real clients, work based scenarios, work experience and much more. There’s also lots of flexibility. Some courses are not timetabled from 9.00am to 3.30pm each day. Instead, you study your modules over 2 years full-time and the resulting Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Courses are based on assignments and coursework, with no set examinations.

There are also Training and Appreniceship courses available.
 


GUIDE TO QUALIFICATIONS

The chart below shows the wide range of qualifications in a number of areas. Choosing the right qualification is very important.

Qualification Equivalent to
ENTRY

Entry Level Certificates and Awards

1

BTEC Level 1 Certificate / Award
Occupational Studies
Essential Skills

GCSE D - G
GCSE D - G
GCSE D - G
2

BTEC Level 2 Diploma
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate
Occupational Studies
Essential Skills

4x GCSEs A* - C
2x GCSEs A* - C
GCSE A - C
GCSE A - C
3

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
QCF Level 3 NVQ Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

3xGCE A Levels
N/A
2xGCE A Levels
1.5xGCE A-Levels
1xGCE A-Level
4

BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate

Certificate of Higher Education
5


BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma
Foundation Degrees
Diplomas of Higher Education

6

Honour Degrees
Graduate Certificates and Diplomas

7

Masters Degrees

8

Doctorates


ESSENTIAL SKILLS

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

For further information please contact:
Majella O'Boyle 
majella.oboyle@nrc.ac.uk

NOTE: Our full time courses are available to anyone who has a minimum age of 16 years from 1 July.