Course Levels and Entry Requirements


We offer a wide range of courses all the way to university-level. This page explains the levels we offer for school leavers and the entry requirements you will need.

If you’re unsure which level you should be studying, this handy guide can help you.

LevelWho is it for?Minimum entry requirement(s)
Entry LevelStudents with no qualifications
  • Initial Assessment in Numeracy and Literacy.
Level 1Students with few or no qualifications.
  • Either 2 GCSE grades 1 and above and Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy
  • Or Entry Level and Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy.
Level 2Students who have already achieved a Level 1 or students wishing to specialise in a particular area of work
  • Either Level 1 in a relevant subject and Initial Assessment in Literacy
  • Or 4 GCSEs grades 3 and above including English. Maths and other relevant subjects may be specified depending on course choice and Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Or Merit at Foundation Level and Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Or equivalent qualifications or relevant industrial experience and Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy.
Level 3Students with the appropriate GCSEs
  • Either Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject and Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Or either 4-5 GCSEs 9-4 including English. Maths or other relevant subjects may be specified depending on course choice and Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Or GNVQ intermediate or first diploma at merit and Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Or equivalent qualifications or relevant industrial experience and Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy.

The College offers a host of higher level qualifications (classed as Level 4 and above) leading on from Level 3 –click here to find out more.