Level 2 vocational courses


One-year courses including BTEC Extended Certificates. After completing the course students can progress to a Level 3 course.
Programmes of study relate to all forms of learning you will have the opportunity to access whilst at the college, for Level 2 vocational students this includes the following elements:

  1. Main/substantial qualification(s): Level 2 Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification) in one vocational area
  2. Tutorial: to review and support your progress
  3. Work experience: you will undertake a minimum of one week of work experience to develop your employability skills
  4. Enrichment: a range of student development activities designed to advance your leadership, social, intellectual, enterprise, work related and team working skills
  5. Core skills: an opportunity to further develop your numeracy, literacy and research skills

Where will the Level 2 programme take me?

Level 2 vocational courses are an ideal option if you enjoy hands-on learning and hope to achieve at least two A*–D grades at GCSE in relevant subjects including Mathematics or English Language.

The course will focus on one subject area, such as Art or Business, and on improving your English and Maths grades. You will learn through group work, projects and coursework.

After successfully completing the one-year course with at least a merit and a C in GCSE Maths or English you will be able to progress to a Level 3 vocational course such as a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

The Level 2 Extended Certificates are part of a programme of study that is likely to include Maths and/or English if students have not achieved these qualifications already.

Where will GCSE and Functional Skills take me?

Students resitting their GCSE Mathematics or English as part of a full-time programme will benefit from the opportunity to improve their grades in these areas.

Both employers and universities have placed great importance on numeracy and literacy.

Most degrees at university have GCSE requirements, including grade C in maths and English (some courses require a minimum grade B or higher).

You will be assessed before the start of college to establish whether you are suited to studying GCSE or Functional Skills.

For some students hoping to progress to degrees in areas such as Health, Sport or Teaching, GCSE Science may also be a subject to focus on. Information about this option is not provided in this prospectus, but will be provided at interview and enrolment.

There is also the option for suitable applicants to participate in a one-year GCSE-based course called Progress to Advanced. The course is designed to offer a selection of GCSE subjects to a small number of students who demonstrate the potential to move to an advanced level course, such as A-levels or a Level 3 BTEC programme, via the GCSE route. You would need to have two more relevant GCSE subjects at grade C or higher to join Progress to Advanced. The course is also tailored to meet the needs of students of college age who have recently arrived in the country and require GCSEs before moving to an advanced level course.

More information about our GCSE options is available at interview, enrolment and from the Advice and Recruitment team.