Qualifications Explained

Apprenticeships and Diplomas, Level 3, NVQs, BTEC, Certificates…
This should help you advise which course is right for them and how they relate to other qualifications:

‘A’ Levels & BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma:

At Selby College, we believe there should be more to your child’s ‘A’ Level experience than classrooms and text books. We know from past experience your child will excel in their studies through visits and activities that will enhance their learning experience.

This approach ensures Selby College ‘A’ Level students’ exam pass rates are some of the highest in the country in 2015, achieving an overall 99.5% pass rate, with students achieving 100% in 21 out of 23 subjects. We also enjoy this success because our teaching staff and facilities are some of the best in England.

Changes in ‘A’ Levels

In 2015, the Government began introducing changes to ‘A’ Level subjects. These changes mean that the new reformed ‘A’ Levels will be introduced and termed, ‘linear,’ with all assessment undertaken at the end of two years of study (as marked A2, yr2 in this guide).

It is the Government’s intention to continue rolling out these reformed ‘A’ Levels over the next few years, but to make it easier for you to identify which of our ‘A’ Level courses will be the new reformed ‘A’ Levels in this 2016/17 Full Time Course Guide, we have highlighted the courses affected by adding an asterisk (*) after the course title in the Full Time Guide.

The subjects that will be linear from September 2016 are: Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, English Language, English Literature, English Language & Literature, French, Geography, History, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Sport & Physical Education. In these subjects AS Level will not contribute to the final grade. The remaining subjects will continue, as before, with students gaining half their marks assessed through the AS qualification in the first year of study (as marked AS yr1, A2 yr2 in this guide).

BTEC Certificate

A BTEC Certificate is equivalent to one AS Level and is usually awarded after successful completion of year one.

Subsidiary Diploma

A Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A2 Level and is awarded after successful completion of two years.

The Extended Project

Students may also choose to take an extended project. This is equivalent in size to half an ‘A’ Level and requires them to produce a single piece of work of your own choosing showing evidence of planning, preparation, research and working on their own.

Vocational Courses

Vocational qualifications offer a more practical approach to learning that relates to specific jobs or industries.

Entry Level – Up to 1 Year

There are no formal entry requirements for these programmes which have been specifically designed to provide students with essential life and study skills. Successful completion of an Entry Level programme can provide students with a stepping stone to a Level 1 course.

Level 1 – 1 Year

Students will usually need to have gained E and F grades in their GCSEs to study a Level 1 programme, but these will build on their existing skills and, upon successful completion, allow them to progress to a Level 2 course.

Level 2 – 1 Year

Level 2 qualifications are equivalent to GCSE A*-C grades and as such students will be expected to have achieved at least four GCSEs at grade D or above to enrol on one of these programmes. Successful completion however, will pave the way for them to further their studies at Level 3.

Level 3 – 2 Years

Level 3 qualifications are equivalent to three  ‘A’ Levels so students will need to have achieved at least five GCSE passes at grade C or above to enrol on the programme.

Upon successful completion of a Level 3 qualification they will be ideally placed to pursue a career in their chosen industry or go on to university to specialise further in their chosen area.