Level 3 BTEC and UAL Diplomas


Choose from our wide range of BTEC and UAL Diplomas, all designed to challenge and stretch you by offering industry-standard learning in a variety of skills. These courses enable you to focus on a subject or vocation you enjoy and would like to work in.

Your programme of study is tailored to you and will include the following elements:

  1. Main qualification(s): Level 3 Diploma/Level 3 Extended Diploma/90 credit Diploma in one vocational area
  2. Tutorial: to review and support your progress
  3. Enrichment: a range of development activities designed to advance your leadership, social, intellectual, enterprise, work-related and team working skills
  4. Core skills: an opportunity to further develop your numeracy, literacy and research skills.

Where will the Level 3 programme take me?

Level 3 vocational courses, often Level 3 BTEC the Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma, enable you to focus on a subject or vocation you enjoy and would like to work in.

The Extended Diplomas are hands-on, studied over two years and equivalent to three A-levels. Learners who successfully complete the first year of this programme may be awarded the Foundation Diploma, equivalent to 1.5 A-levels.

To study a Level 3 vocational course you will need to achieve four or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including Mathematics or English Language.

Alternatively, you may have a full Level 2 merit in a related subject plus two GCSEs at grade C or above (one of which must be Mathematics or English Language). If you wish to take an AS-level alongside an advanced vocational qualification, you should have five GCSEs at grade C or equivalent (including English Language and Mathematics) and would usually require an average GCSE point score of 5.6.