Course Levels & Entry Requirements Explained

Making the right choice will depend on meeting the entry requirements, how you like to study and what you would like to do after your time with us

T-Levels are coming – more info.

Please use the table below as a general guide to our entry requirements – click on a level to see study options, typical entry requirements and progression routes . Some courses may require further specific qualification grades due to the nature of their content. Acceptance on a course will also depend on a successful interview.

STUDY OPTIONS TYPICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION
Entry Level qualifications No formal qualifications are required for Foundation Level courses. Next Entry Level or Level 1 course

STUDY OPTIONS TYPICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION
Level 1 qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas. Two or more GCSEs at grade 2 or above, or successful completion of Entry Level qualification. Level 2 course, Apprenticeship or employment.

STUDY OPTIONS TYPICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION
Level 2 qualifications, including Diplomas and Apprenticeships. Three or more GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or successful completion of a relevant Level 1 qualification. *see note below reference apprenticeships Level 3 course, Apprenticeship or employment.

STUDY OPTIONS TYPICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION
Level 3 qualifications, including Diplomas, Apprenticeships and T levels. Note: Our programmes are delivered as two one year courses; Year 1 – Diploma, and Year 2 – Extended Diploma. Four or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and/or maths, or successful completion of a relevant Level 2 qualification. *see note below reference apprenticeships University study, an Apprenticeship or employment.

STUDY OPTIONS TYPICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION
HNC/Higher Apprenticeship 48 – 64 UCAS Tariff points from A-levels or a relevant full Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Extended/ National Diploma/City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma/Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 (all of the above to be in relevant subjects). Maths and English GCSE preferable or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 Further study at university, a Higher Apprenticeship or employment.

STUDY OPTIONS TYPICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION
HND/Foundation Degree. 48 – 64 UCAS Tariff points from A-levels or a relevant full Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Extended/ National Diploma/City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma/Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 (all of the above to be in relevant subjects). Maths and English GCSE preferable or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 Further study at university, a Higher Apprenticeship or employment.

STUDY OPTIONS TYPICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION
Honours Degree/3rd year top-up Honours Degree/Level 6 only Honours degree. 64 – 104 (depending on subject area) UCAS Tariff points from A levels or a relevant full Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Extended/National Diploma/City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma/Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 (all of the above to be in relevant subjects). Maths and English GCSE preferable or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 Further study at university or employment.

STUDY OPTIONS TYPICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION
Postgraduate Study (PGCE/MSc/MA)/ Higher Apprenticeship – Undergraduate Degree. Undergraduate Degree. Employment.

Coming to The Cornwall College Group

A T Level qualification follows on from GCSEs and combines classroom theory, practical learning and a three-month industry placement to ensure students have the skills to thrive in the world of work.

Find out more about T-Levels

Please note
• *For any applicants considering undertaking an apprenticeship, you will need an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice, which is a process that we can support you in. With regards to entry requirements, please note that prior to starting an apprenticeship you will need to complete an initial assessment in English and maths, so that we can establish the level you are currently working at. We will then run through a Skills Scan with you, in order to determine your current level of knowledge and skills in your chosen area of study. Both of these elements will then be used to determine the level of apprenticeship which is most suitable for you to start at, irrespective of grades awarded in previous qualifications.
• Some specialist courses may have extra entry requirements, please see website for details.
• If you do not achieve your expected grades please do not panic. Contact us and we will help you find an alternative course, normally in the same subject area of interest.

GCSE GRADES

GCSE GRADES UPDATE
In 2017 the grading system for GCSE English and maths changed significantly. Rather than being graded A* to G, a numerical system is now used. The grades now run from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest. A grade 4 is now a ‘standard pass’, equivalent to a grade C, with a grade 5 being a ‘strong pass’.

GCSE ENGLISH AND MATHS
According to the Department for Education, gaining a grade 4 or higher in English and maths could potentially add £2,000 to your salary every year. If you have not yet gained a grade 4 in GCSE English and maths then you will carry on studying these subjects as part of your Study Programme at college. Our English and maths teams are committed to helping you succeed, and we offer a different and more personalised experience than school.

Our GCSE courses run from September until June, giving you the chance to gain your qualification in just one academic year.

Not quite ready for GCSEs yet? Don’t worry, we have a range of ‘stepping stone’ qualifications in English and maths meaning that you can improve your skills at your own pace. If you have already gained your GCSE English and maths at grade 4, we will continue to embed English and maths into your specialist course, as these skills are essential for your future employment.

When you join us, we will assess your current levels of English and maths, and use your existing qualifications to make sure that you are on the right course for you.

A NEW WAY OF PROGRESSING

Coming to The Cornwall College Group

A T Level qualification follows on from GCSEs and combines classroom theory, practical learning and a three-month industry placement to ensure students have the skills to thrive in the world of work. A two-year course, T Levels aim to provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, higher level study or a Higher Apprenticeship.

As well as offering a clear line of sight to industry, T Levels are recognised by UCAS to support applications to study at university, with a starred distinction in a T Level being worth the equivalent of three A*s at A-level.

What are T Levels like?
T Levels are different to the traditional route of A-levels as they focus on the skill acquisition required to move directly in to industry. Courses consist of around 80% of time spent in the classroom with the remaining 20% spent being on a valuable work placement in a relevant workplace. This differs from an Apprenticeship where around 80% of time is spent with an employer and 20% in the classroom and is more suited to those who feel ready to enter the workforce at age 16 while learning at the same time.

What are the entry requirements?
You will need six GCSEs in total, with English and maths at grade 4 or above. Learners progressing from a Level 2 course will need a Level 2 Diploma with a good Merit profile, along with English and maths GCSE at grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Want to know more?
If you’re interested in finding out more about T Levels, contact our College Advice Team by emailing enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk or call us at 0330 123 2523.

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