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Covid-19 Update

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the College calendar has been changed for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year and has introduced a two-week October half term break. This break is from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October during which time the College is closed to Learners. The College office will be open from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October (telephone/email enquiries open) and closed from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October (telephone/email enquiries closed until Monday 2 November). From 2 November we are increasing the areas in which a face mask or covering is required to be worn.

Generally speaking school leavers have 3 types of courses that they can choose to study when they leave school. The best choice for you will depend on how you best learn, how you like to be graded and where you want to learn. These courses are:

Each offer a range of benefits, which you can read more about by clicking on the links above, however when deciding which one is right for you it is worth considering the following:

How do you study best?

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The different course types are all available at the same levels, however it is sometimes difficult to go from an AS-Level to a level 3 Technical and Professional course, or an Advanced Apprenticeship, as these courses require you to have relevant 'hands-on', practical knowledge, which you will not get from an Academic study programme. The below career ladder indicates the different course levels and how they compare:

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

What is an Award, Certificate or Diploma?

The use of the expressions 'Award', 'Certificate' and 'Diploma' has no bearing on the complexity/challenge of a qualification, it simply indicates the size (volume of learning). These can be at any level.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine paid employment with recognised accredited learning tailored to the job. An apprentice will have a job and also be studying towards the relevant qualifications for that Apprenticeship. Programmes also include functional skills in maths, English and in some cases IT.

My chosen course doesn't state the qualification type?

Eastleigh College also runs specific vocational, academic and short courses which follow their own progression routes and may not fit into the categories above. An example may be the frameworks for Higher Education qualifications, that describe the achievement represented by completion of the qualification e.g. BA (Honours) Counselling Degree.

Contact Us

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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