Full-Time Vocational Course List

Art, Design & Media

UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: 100% coursework. Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. For this course, you will be expected to have a GCSE at Grade 4 or above in Art and Design or similar. If this is not the case, you can still arrange for an interview where you can showcase a portfolio of your artwork.

Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: 100% Coursework. Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Business

BTEC Level 2 Certificate/ Diploma in Business

Duration: 1 year or 2 year options
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: Coursework and examination in two units
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: 4 externally assessed units and 9 internally assessed units
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course..

Childcare & Health Studies

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care & Children's and Young People's Settings

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 1
Assessment: 100% Coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements apply – you must have completed an educational programme with GCSEs to Grade 2, and/or pass grades in alternative relevant qualifications.

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma For the Early Years Practitioner

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: Internally assessed observations/portfolio/coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications. For this course you must also have a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English Language.

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare & Education (EYE)

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: A combination of practical assignments, internally/externally 80% coursework & 20% external assessment
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required. It would also be preferable if you have achieved a Grade 4 in Science. If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths you will not be able to study this Level 3 course.

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: 80% Coursework, 20% External Assessment
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications. For this course you must have a GCSE Grade 3 or above in Science.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: 80% Coursework, 20% External Assessment
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. For this course you must have a GCSE Grade 4 or above in Science. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required.

Construction

Level 1 Diploma in Basic Construction Skills

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 1
Assessment: 100% Coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements apply - completed an educational programme with GCSEs to Grade 2, and/or pass grades in alternative relevant qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Bricklaying

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: 90% Coursework, 10% Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 Entry Requirements Apply – 4 GCSE passes at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside alternative GCSE equivalent qualifications. For this course you may also have a Level 1 Diploma in Basic Construction Skills. It would be advisable to have a basic understanding and experience of Bricklaying prior to starting the course. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

C Skills Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Bench/Site Joinery

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: 90% Coursework, 10% Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply – 4 GCSE passes at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside alternative GCSE equivalent qualifications. Alternatively, you will have a Level 1 Diploma in Basic Construction Skills. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Level 2 Intermediate Diploma in Electrical Installation

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: 90% Coursework, 10% Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 Entry Requirements apply – 4 GCSE passes at Grade 3, one of which will be in English. You will also need a Grade 4 in GCSE Maths. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside alternative GCSE equivalent qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English you will be required to continue studying this alongside your college course.

BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and Built Environment

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: 100% Coursework/Practical
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 Vocational entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at Least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent qualifications. For this course you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in Science or you will have completed a Level 2 Diploma in a related subject, along with GCSE Grade 4 in Maths and English. If you have completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Construction you will have the necessary entry requirements for this course.

Level 2 Diploma In Access to Building Services

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: 1000% Coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 Vocational entry requirements apply – 4 GCSE passes at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside alternative GCSE equivalent qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and or/Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Engineering

Level 1 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 1
Assessment: 90% Coursework, 10% Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements apply – completed an educational programme with GCSEs to Grade 2, and or/ pass grades in alternative relevant qualifications. Plus at least a Grade 2 in GCSE Maths, English and Science. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: 90% Coursework, 10% Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply – 4 GCSE passes at Grade 3, to include English, Maths and Science. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside alternative GCSE qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: 90% Coursework,10% Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply – 4 GCSE passes at Grade 3, to include English, Maths and Science. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside alternative GCSE qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma in Engineering

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: 56% Internal Coursework, 44% External Assessment (Exams and Coursework)
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements apply, plus Grade 4 in GCSE Maths, English and Science.

Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies Engineering

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: 60% Coursework, 40% Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 Vocational entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements.

For this course you will need a Grade 4 in Maths, English and Science.

If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required.

Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Level 1 Certificate in Hairdressing/Beauty Therapy

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 1
Assessment: Exam/Coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements apply - completed an educational programme with GCSEs to Grade 2, and/or pass grades in alternative relevant qualifications.

Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Hairdressing

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment:Coursework/Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least two GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment:Coursework/Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least two GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications. For this course you must also have successfully completed VRQ Level 2 Hairdressing.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment:Coursework/Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. For this course you must have successfully completed NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing.

VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair & Make-up Artistry

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: 30% Exam, 50% Practical, 20% Internal Assessment
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least two GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications. For this course you will preferably have two GCSEs at Grade 4 or above in English and a Science.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: Coursework/Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply. For this course you will preferably have two GCSEs at Grade 4 or above in English and a Science.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Spa Therapy

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: Coursework/Exam
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. For this course you must have successfully completed the Level 2 NVQ Diploma Beauty Therapy.

Hospitality & Catering

Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 1
Assessment: 70% Practical, 30% Coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements apply - completed an educational programme with GCSEs to Grade 2, and/or pass grades in alternative relevant qualifications. For this course you will be required to complete an assessment for dexterity. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Food, Beverage and Professional Cookery Studies

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: 70% Practical, 30% Coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least two GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications. You will be required to complete an assessment for dexterity. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Level 3 Hospitality & Catering Progression Options

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: Coursework/Exam TBC
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. For this course you must also have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma in Food, Beverage and Professional Cookery Studies or equivalent.

ICT & Computing

BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Information Technology

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 1
Assessment: 100% coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements apply – you will have completed an educational programme with GCSEs to Grade 2, and/ or pass grades in alternative relevant qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate (Year 1)/First Diploma (Year 2) in Information and Creative Technology

Duration: 1 year or 2 year options
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: Portfolio/external assessment
Entry Requirements:Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four
GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least two GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: External examination, controlled assessment & coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation & VFX Skills

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: Two internally set and marked written exams, plus internally assessed and externally moderated assessment evidence
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Foundation Learning

BTEC Diploma in Skills for Independence and Work - Independent Living (Entry 2)

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Entry Level
Assessment: 100% Coursework
Entry Requirements: No formal entry requirements

TEC Extended Certificate in Vocational Studies - Using Employability Skills (Entry 3)

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Entry Level
Assessment: 100% Coursework
Entry Requirements: No formal entry requirements

BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies (Horticulture & Small Animals)

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 1
Assessment: 100% Coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements apply – you will have completed an educational programme with GCSEs to Grade 2, and/or pass grades in alternative relevant qualifications or progression from the TEC Extended Certificate in Vocational Studies (Entry 3).

Public Services

NCFE Level 2 Diploma Entry to the Uniformed Services

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: Level 2
Assessment: Practical & coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least two GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services

Duration: 2 Years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: Portfolio & coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. You must be physically fit. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Science

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: A combination of coursework/exams
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. For this course you must have achieved at least a Grade 4 in GCSE Science. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Biomedical Science

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: A combination of Coursework/Exams
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. For this course you must also have achieved at least a Grade 4 in GCSE Science. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Sports

NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport, Exercise & Fitness

Duration: 1 year
Course Level: 2
Assessment: Coursework/Practical/Presentations
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements apply - the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside GCSE equivalent qualifications. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Sciences

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: Coursework / Practical/ External Assessment
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. You will ideally have achieved Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths, English and Science for this course. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: 3
Assessment: Coursework/Practical/ External Assessment
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Travel & Tourism

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: 100% Coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements.
At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.