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Selecting the right course

Find out how to choose the correct course.

If you already have:

  • 5 GCSEs A*–C (or equivalent)

  • NVQ level 2

  • BTEC First.

then you should be aiming for level 3 advanced courses, including:

  • A-levels including applied A-levels

  • BTEC National or BTEC Higher National

  • NVQ level 3

  • Apprenticeship at level 3.

If you already have:

  • 4 GCSEs C,D,E (or equivalent)
  • NVQ level 1.

then you should be aiming for level 2 intermediate courses, including:

  • BTEC First
  • NVQ level 2
  • Apprenticeships at level 2.

If you already have:

  • GCSE grades E, F, G (or equivalent).

then you should be aiming for level 1 foundation courses, including:

  • GCSEs
  • NVQ level 1.