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A levels

These are two-year academic programmes that help to prepare you for higher education or employment. Students generally choose four A level subjects to study in their first year.

Entry requirements for A levels a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.

Appropriate Level 2 vocational qualifications will be counted as one subject area. Dual award Science will be counted as two subject areas.

Certain A levels require higher grades for specific GCSE subjects. Further information can be found on the individual subject pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas and Extended Diplomas

These are two-year programmes that are based around one subject and combine practical work with assignment-based assessments. Diplomas are equivalent to two A levels and

Extended Diplomas are equivalent to three A levels. These Diplomas can prepare you for higher education or direct entry into employment.

Entry requirements for BTEC Level 3 Diplomas/Extended Diplomas are a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics. Appropriate Level 2 vocational qualifications, for example a BTEC First Diploma, will be counted as one subject area. Dual award science will be counted as two subject areas.

Certain qualifications require higher grades for specific GCSE subjects. Further information can be found in the vocational courses section.

Level 2 Diplomas

These courses are for students who achieve a D grade profile at GCSE. If you decide to take one of these and achieve a Merit or Distinction level, this will be equivalent to four GCSE grades at A-C. These courses are assessed through assignment work.

Although some courses will require specific GCSE qualifications, the general entrance requirements are four GCSEs at grade D including English Language or Maths.

Certain subjects require higher grades of specific GCSE subjects. Further information about this can be found in the vocational courses section.

Level 1 Diplomas

Entry to these courses will be dependent on students achieving mainly E grades at GCSE or having completed an Entry Level qualification with Merit profile.

We will provide support to help you gain your qualifications and advise you on the best way to progress.

VRQs

These qualifications offer a practical learning programme that relates directly to a specific job role or industry. They are offered at a range of levels and students can continue to build on their skills portfolio until they are ready to progress into employment.

Entry Level Courses

These courses are for students who did not achieve GCSEs at school or need some extra support to succeed. Entry Level qualifications focus on a particular subject in which they develop further skills for progression.

English and Maths at South Downs College

English and Maths are vital for learning and future employability. As part of your study programme at College you will work towards your English and Maths qualifications up to and including GCSE if you have not already gained a grade A*-C in these subjects.

From 2014, all Vocational Study Programmes will include English and Maths to improve your opportunities for further study or employment on leaving College.

You will have the opportunity to work towards either a Functional Skill, Pre-GCSE or GCSE in English or Maths if you have not already gained a grade C or above.

If you have gained a C or above in both English and Maths then you will have the opportunity to study for another qualification to support your main subject of study.


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