Full-time Education

College

Colleges offer different courses in many different subjects and the way that you study for them or how many course you take may depend on the college that you study at.

A-levels

If you choose to take A-levels you will usually choose 3 subjects. You may choose these subjects based on the subjects that you have taken at school or based on the subjects that you will need to enter onto your desired college course. It is important to note that although A-levels may be in similar subjects to GCSE, A-levels are a lot harder. Most colleges will ask for 5 GCSEs grades 4-9 to study A-levels, though some subjects may require higher grades in certain subjects such as Maths or Science.

If you plan to go to university, it is a good idea to look at the entry requirements for your desired course before choosing you’re a level options. Different universities may have different preferences so look at more than one that you are interested in to compare.

BTEC Qualifications

BTEC qualifications focus on particular work areas. They are available at different levels so you can match the level of course to your GCSE results. The main difference of a BTEC course to an A level course is the method of assessment. A levels will consist of two years of study in preparation for exams at the end whereas a BTECs are continually assessed through coursework and practical assessments throughout the year.

If you are considering university it is important to remember that some universities will not accept a BTEC qualification but others will as a Level 3 BTEC is usually worth three A levels. Different universities may have different preferences so look at more than one that you are interested in to compare.

The information included is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but as course details and providers offers are subject to change you should always double check all information and do your own research before making any decisions about your future.