What level course should I take?

What level course should I take?

Explanation of Levels
Entry level Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Entry level courses develop basic knowledge and skills and the ability to apply learning in everyday situations under direct supervision. Level 1 courses give an introduction to a subject. You'll gain a foundation of knowledge and learn to apply your skills to everyday or job-related situations with supervision. Level 2 courses provide a good level of knowledge and understanding and will allow you to perform varied tasks with some supervision. Level 3 courses are advanced level courses - you'll develop your analytical skills and gain an understanding of complex issues. These courses will prepare you for higher education or technician level employment. Level 4 courses are at the first stage of higher education. At this stage, you'll be learning within a specialised field and will be required to make detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge. This level is appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and managing others. Level 5 courses are equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. You'll gain an increasing depth of knowledge to enable the formulation of solutions to complex problems. Appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers.
Entry Criteria
Entry level Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
You don't need any formal qualifications, but you will need to have satisfactory English and maths skills. You'll need four GCSEs at grade D or above or a level 1 vocational qualification in a related subject. You'll need four GCSEs at grade C or above (one must be English) or a level 2 vocational qualification with merit or distinction as well as Key Skills at level 2. To enter a level 4 course you need at least one A level or a relevant BTEC National Diploma or an equivalent level 3 qualification. Mature candidates may be able to enter level 4 if they have a significant level of relevant experience. DTTLS Year 2 - The second year of a course that will give you qualified status to teach in the post-compulsory education sector.
Qualification Type
Entry level Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
First Steps - Introductory courses in subject areas leading on to level 2. First Steps - Introductory courses in subject areas leading on to level 2. GCSE - Covering a wide range of subjects, forming a base of knowledge allowing you to progress onto further learning. NVQ Level 3 - A work-based qualification that reflects the skills needed for a particular job. NVQ Level 4 - An advanced, work-based qualification with industry-assessed placement. Higher National Certificate - A higher education qualification that leads on to university.
CACHE Entry Certificate - This course is designed for those with an interest in childcare who also need help with their English. This progresses on to our other childcare courses. NVQ Level 1 - A work-based course designed to introduce you to the skills you need for a job in a particular industry. NVQ Level 2 - A work-based qualification with industry-assessed placement. Access to Higher Education - An intensive one-year programme for over 19s who would like to progress to higher education but don't yet have the formal academic qualifications required. DTTLS Year 1 - The first year of a course that will give you qualified status to teach in the post-compulsory education sector. Higher National Diploma - A higher education course leading on to university with additional units to the HNC (see above).
BTEC Introductory Certificate - Introductory courses in subject areas leading on to level 2. BTEC First Diploma - A qualification that provides a foundation of knowledge, allowing you to choose from a wide range of vocational areas. A Levels (AS/A2 level) - Nationally recognised qualifications leading on to higher education. Foundation Degree - A degree-level qualification which combines academic study with workplace learning.
CACHE Foundation Award Level 1 - This course is equivalent to 3 GCSE grades D-G and allows you to learn basic skills in caring for children. You progress onto level 2 qualifications. Pre-Access - A one-year programme to prepare you for entry onto the level 3 Access Higher Education Course. BTEC National Diploma - Studied full-time over two years, this qualification is suitable for people who want to focus on a specific vocational area.
CACHE Level 2 - This is a full-time course that is equivalent to 5 GCSEs grades A*-C. It is a qualification that will help you gain employment caring for children under 16. PTTLS - A programme of learning to give you the foundation to teach in the post-compulsory sector.

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