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School leavers have two types of courses that they can choose to study at Eastleigh College.

What is best for you?

When deciding which type of course is right for you it is worth considering how you prefer to study, how you like to be graded and where you want to learn:

How do you study best?

*We don’t teach academic study programmes (like A-levels) at Eastleigh College.

Academic vs Apprenticeship levels

Technical and Professional courses (at Level 3 and above) and Advanced Apprenticeship courses require you to develop relevant 'hands-on' practical knowledge. The table below compares the different courses.

Technical and Professional Level   Academic Level  Apprenticeship Level
 Level 6  Bachelor Degree  Higher (level 6) 
 Level 5  Foundation Degree / HNC / HND  Higher (level 5) 
 Level 4  Certificate of Higher Education  Higher (level 4) 
 Level 3  A-Levels   Advanced 
 Level 2  GCSEs  Intermediate

Find out more about what qualification levels mean. (opens in a new window)

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If you need help deciding on what level is right for you, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 023 8091 1298 or email

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