Level 1 Courses

 

Qualification To start you need Type How is it assessed? What's it all about? Where does it lead?
GCSEs (3-1 or D-G) Varies Academic
Mainly exams at the end of the course.  Some subjects will also have practical assessments.
Usual subjects like maths, English, science. Some new subjects may be available.  Level 2 courses  or an apprenticeship
BTEC Level 1 Introductory Varies - you should be really interested in the course you are applying for Applied general Assessments, projects, tests and practical work. Concentrates on general work areas such as caring, business, sport and recreation. Level 2 courses or an apprenticeship

OCR Cambridge Nationals

Level 1

Varies - you should be really interested in the course you are applying for Applied general Assignments, case studies and practical activities. Similar to BTEC Level 1 qualifications. Available in a number of industry sectors. Provide an introduction to the knowledge and understanding needed to prepare for work in a chosen area. Level 2 courses or an apprenticeship
NVQ 1 No special entry requirements - you should be really interested in the course you are applying for Vocational/technical Practical training. You are assessed on what you do. Training for a job. Can sometimes be full-time at college but is usually the first part of work-based learning such as an apprenticeship or Foundation Learning programme. Level 2 courses or an apprenticeship
Functional Skills Varies - check with the post-16 provider Academic Portfolio, online tests, exams. Usually taken in English or Maths post-16 if you haven't achieved a suitable grade at GCSE.  Provide a basis for future study at GCSE.