Choosing Your Study Programme

Which level is right for you?

When choosing your course options you need to ensure you apply for a level of qualification in line with your predicted GCSE grades and your career aspirations. Our staff can help you decide which programme of study is right for you. Each level of study has specific entry requirements as outlined in the table below. These requirements are for general guidance only and some courses have additional entry requirements which are included in the subject descriptions.

ENTRY REQUIRMENTS

AS / A Level and Level 3 BTEC

Entry requirements Type of qualification Progression routes
5 or more GCSEs at grade 4 and above
or successful completion of a Level 2
qualification e.g. BTEC (some courses
require English and/or Maths). You must
have achieved either maths or english
at GCSE grade 4 or above to progress
to a level 3 programme.
AS/A-Level
Progression on to University or employment
BTEC Triple – Diploma
BTEC Double – Subsidiary Diploma
BTEC Single – Certificate
City & Guilds Diploma
OCR Certificate/Diploma

GCSE and Level 2 BTEC

Entry requirements Type of qualification Progression routes

5 or more GCSEs at grade 2,and in most cases, two grade 3’s

BTEC Diploma Level 2
Progression on to a Level 3 qualification, employment or an Advanced Apprenticeship
BTEC Extended Certificate Level 2
City & Guilds Diploma Level 2
GCSEs Level 2

Level 1 / Vocational

Entry requirements Type of qualification Progression routes
No formal qualifications required although a range of GCSEs at grade 1 to 2 preferable
A range of Level 1 and Entry Level qualifications as part of a Foundation Learning Programme
Progression on to a Level 2 qualification, employment or an Apprenticeship

Entry Level / Foundation Learning

Entry requirements Type of qualification Progression routes
No previous qualifications necessary
A range of Level 1 and Entry Level qualifications as part of a Foundation Learning Programme
Progression on to a Level 1 qualification or employment
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COURSE WORK

Some courses contain little or no coursework, while others are assessed entirely by coursework. When you are considering which courses you wish to take you should bear this in mind. You can find out more details on the precise nature of coursework demands from the course information leaflets available from the Student Support Centre.

Course Leaflets

You can also find more details about specific courses on the individual course information leaflets which are available from the Student Support Centre. Alternatively you will be able to pick them up at our open evenings. These leaflets will give you more idea about the specific requirements and expectations of a course.

Open Evenings

We also recommend that you come to at least one of our Open Evenings in the autumn term (Wednesday 23rd October and Thursday 21st November) to find out more from students and staff about the courses you are interested in. If you are over 19 you can join any full-time course at St Vincent and there are part-time options too. Details of fees and fee remission categories are available on application to the college.

Learning Support

If you have a physical disability or learning difficulty we are committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly. We will make any adjustments we can so you are not put at any undue disadvantage. 

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