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Qualifications Explained

Generally speaking school leavers have 3 types of courses that they can choose to study when they leave school. The best choice for your son or daughter will depend on how they best learn, how they like to be graded and where they 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 them it is worth considering the following:

Which Course?

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 students to have relevant 'hands-on', practical knowledge, which cannot be gained 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

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