16 - 18 Qualifications

Discover all your options and see which one is right for you. With academic, vocational and work-based options, there's bound to be something perfect for you.

Foundation Studies (Entry & Level 1)

How long is it?
Various durations.

What do you need?
No prior qualification required.

What is it?
These Entry Level and Level 1 courses are designed to enable students with learning difficulties and disabilities to obtain the skills they need to participate within the community. Many programmes are tailored to your individual need and have a flexible approach.

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Employability (Entry, Level 1 & 2)

How long is it?
Various durations.

What do you need?
No prior qualification required.

What is it?
These programmes put an equal emphasis on qualifications and work experience leading to an Apprenticeship, Further Education or paid employment.

You will be able to develop your skills to ensure that you are ready and able to obtain a full-time job or an Apprenticeship. Alternatively you may decide that after your work placement, Further Education is required to obtain your career aspirations; as a Truro and Penwith College student you will have access to all of the relevant courses that the College has to offer.

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Personal & Professional Development (Traineeships, Level 2 & 3)

How long is it?
Various durations.

What do you need?
No prior qualification required.

What is it?
These courses offer an equal emphasis on qualifications, personal development and work place learning. The Level 3 will allow learners to explore progression routes into further learning, employment or training, and offers UCAS points for those thinking of attending University in the future.

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Progression (Level 1 & 2)

How long is it?
One year.

What do you need?
Progression 1: No prior qualification required. Progression 2: Three GCSEs at grade D or above including English or Maths.

What is it?
These courses are focused on progression, either to further study or into employment. You will develop knowledge and understanding by applying your learning and skills in a work-related context.

Progression 1 pathways include Functional Skills English and Maths up to Level 1 and a Work Skills qualification. Achievement at Level 1 is essential for progression onto Level 2 courses. A Progression 1 Vocational Taster course is also available to allow you to sample many different subject areas. Progression 2 is the pathway to Level 3 courses including Extended Diplomas and in specific instances, to A Levels. Progression 2 involves Level 2 English and Maths plus either an Extended Certificate in a vocational area or two Certificates. This provides the platform for progression to a wide range of courses. Assessment will be through a combination of external examination and coursework.

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Vocational Course (Entry-Level 3)

How long is it?
Various durations depending on subject and level.

What do you need?
Entry Level and Level 1 courses require no formal entry requirements. Level 2 and 3 courses may require successful completion of a lower-level qualification in an appropriate subject. You will be required to attend a course interview.

What is it?
Other vocational qualifications are also available which involve studying both the theory and practical elements of a chosen subject. These will enable you to develop occupational knowledge and progress into industry. They are available in a variety of subjects (e.g. hair, beauty, construction, catering, motor vehicle and secretarial) and at various levels. Awarding bodies include IMI, City and Guilds and DSA.

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Extended Diploma (Level 3)

How long is it?
Two years. In year one you will complete a Level 3 Foundation Diploma before progressing to gain the full Extended Diploma at the end of Year 2 unless otherwise stated.

What do you need?
Four GCSEs at grade C or above or a Level 2 Diploma in appropriate subjects, to include GCSE grade 5 in either English or Mathematics.

What is it?
Previously known as the National Diploma, the 180 credit, 18-unit qualification is now referred to as the Extended Diploma. This Diploma is equivalent to three subjects at A Level. It is an excellent route if you have decided on the broad area of employment you wish to pursue. The combination of a range of specialist modules with the depth of knowledge acquired enables you to progress successfully into Higher Education or into employment. You will also be required to undertake several hours of independent study. Assessment is through coursework, external written assessments and evaluation of practical skills.

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Subsidiary Diploma (Level 3)

How long is it?
Two years.

What do you need?
Four GCSEs at grade C or above or a Level 2 Diploma in appropriate subjects.

What is it?
The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is an excellent addition if you are studying A Levels. It can add breadth to an academic programme of study and provide a vocationally relevant dimension. This six-unit diploma is equivalent to one A Level. Assessment is through coursework and evaluation of practical skills including a final major project.

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Apprenticeship (Level 2 & 3)

How long is it?
A minimum of one year.

What do you need?
There are no formal requirements as Apprenticeships are not just based on previous academic achievement. Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 and start throughout the year, meaning you can apply at a time that suits you most. You will need to be committed, motivated, enthusiastic and reliable. Applicants will typically be interviewed prior to starting an Apprenticeship programme.

What is it?
As an apprentice you will be working for a local business, earning a real wage, gaining practical skills and completing nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices are paid at least £119 per week if working full-time. Choosing the Apprenticeship route gets you straight into the career of your choice. After finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer. You will be employed for at least 30 hours per week and take part in a mixture of taught courses, workshops, work-based assessments and e-learning. You will also have a dedicated training adviser who will help and support you throughout your Apprenticeship.

Costs: Age 16-18 = fully funded, aged 19+ = employer contribution of £500 or £750 for large organisations (correct at time of print).

For further details please visit the government Apprenticeship website or contact our Apprenticeship recruitment co-ordinator by email at apprenticeships@truro-penwith.ac.uk

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It’s great to be acknowledged for the effort I have put into my work – I’m excited for the future and the possibilities the Apprenticeship has already given me.

Sam Weedon - Apprentice of the Year 2017

A Level (Level 3)

How long is it?
Two years.

What do you need?
Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above in appropriate subjects, to include English Language or Literature and/or Maths at Grade 5 or above and with specific relevant subjects related to your A-Level choices at Grade 6 or above.

What is it?
Advanced Level programmes consist of formal lectures, class activities and assessments, set homework and problem-solving. For each subject, you will also be required to undertake several hours of independent study. Modern study facilities are available in the College and successful students use these effectively.

We strongly encourage a broad programme for A Level students. Most subject specifications are assessed by examination but some include coursework assessment. All A Levels at the College will be delivered in the new linear format with no qualification at the end of year one. Academic assessment for Linear A Levels will take place at the end of two years of study. Students must study a minimum of three A Levels.

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IB Diploma (Level 3)

How long is it?
Two years.

What do you need?
Five GCSEs at grade C or above in a broad range of subjects, including grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics. Grade A or B in subjects appropriate to Higher Level options.

What is it?
The IB Diploma (International Baccalaureate) is an excellent alternative to A Levels. It will be attractive if you have enjoyed studying a range of subjects at GCSE and want to continue doing so at an advanced level. You will study three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level. You will also follow a Theory of Knowledge course, produce an extended essay and undertake Creativity, Action and Service-based projects. Specialised forms of assessment are used as appropriate to each subject as well as written examinations, all reflecting the balance and educational diversity of the IB programme. The IB is fully recognised by all UK universities.

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