Course Types and Qualifications
We have a wide range of courses to prepare you for university, your chosen career or just for fun.
Access to Higher Education
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is for anyone without academic qualifications wishing to progress to a higher-level course such as a degree. It is designed especially for mature students who have had a break from their studies and is generally accepted as an alternative to A-Levels and is combined with GCSEs.
Earn whilst you learn! If you don’t want a full-time College course and you know what sort of job you want to go into, an Apprenticeship could be right for you. You learn the job, get qualified and get paid.
AQA Baccalaureate/Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The AQA Baccalaureate is a framework for your subjects that gives you an extra qualification. It includes your A Levelstudy and can enhance your university or job application.Alternatively, you can simply do the EPQ, which is an individual component of the AQA Baccalaureate.
A Levels have been reformed to provide more academic rigour. New linear A Levels involve two years of study with full assessment at the end of the two years. AS Levels in these subjects are still available but do not count towards the full A Level.
BTEC Level 2 & 3
BTEC stands for Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC). We offer vocational Level 2 and 3 courses, generally consisting of Award, Certificate Extended Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma (unit credits may vary). You usually combine them with at least one GCSE or other Level 2 course or Level 3 with other AS or A Levels.
These are vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 for students aged 16+. They’re designed with the workplace in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels, with a great range of subjects to choose from.
The Foundation Degree for experienced Early Years Practitioners is an exciting award that will lead to an excellent professional qualification. It has a strong work based element and is designed to enable you to relate theory to practice.
This is learning at Entry Level or Level 1 and is a personalised programme to help you achieve credits and progress to a higher level or a job.
Foundation Level Project Qualification (FLPQ)
This is a research-based qualification at Level 1, which can help prepare you for study at Level 2.
All students can work on these if they need to. They include English, Maths and ICT skills that employers (and the Government and parents!) know are essential for academic progress and working life.
If you obtained mainly D (or 3) grades at GCSE you will be able to undertake a package of GCSEs. Where GCSE subjects will have changed to the new grading system, entry requirements will be expressed in the new grading system as well as the current/old one.
Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)
This is a research-based qualification at Level 2, which canhelp prepare you for study at Level 3.
Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Diploma (HND)
Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Higher National Certificates (HNCs) are work-related qualifications designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a particular vocational sector. The emphasis is on ‘learning by doing’ and mainly coursework based, involving no examinations.
They are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas, and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.
Fast Forward, our business training division, deliver training, professional qualifications such as ILM, CMI, IOSH, CIPD, NVQ and Apprenticeships for individuals and organisations all over the country. Our wide range of professional qualifications and workshops are designed to help people become more effective at work - now or in a future career. Our courses not only increase knowledge and skill level, they also help to develop confidence, resilience, creativity and drive.
Technical Baccalaureate Measure
The Technical Baccalaureate Measure aims to recognise excellence in technical training for ambitious and talented students taking selected advanced vocational qualifications.There are three elements:- a Level 3 vocational qualification in a Government-approved subject; a Level 3 Core Maths qualification and an Extended Project which is designed to develop and test students’ skills in extended writing, communication, research, self-discipline and self-motivation.
A programme lasting from 6 weeks to 6 months including a high quality work placement and work preparation training designed to help learners secure progression to an Apprenticeship or sustained employment
These are short qualifications designed to help you stand out from the crowd with your CV or university application and enhance your personal, social and employability skills.
These focus on a particular job area and give you the knowledge and skills necessary to go and work in that job area or train further. Good if you know what sort of job you want to do. Assessment is via a mixture of internal and external components. Many of these courses are delivered in specialist facilities mirroring industry environments and qualification come in a range of sizes.