Course levels explained

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Pre-Entry Level
Pre-Entry courses are designed for complete beginners and will move you onto the next level of study. You will gain appropriate qualifications in: Literacy (reading, writing and spelling), Communication Skills, Numeracy (basic mathematics), IT and general study skills.

Entry Level Courses
Entry Level courses vary in their focus but are all designed to encourage independence and teach new skills. There are no specific entry requirements for these courses but you will be required to attend a College interview.

Level 1 courses
These courses give you a practical introduction to a vocational area and prepare you to move onto intermediate level programmes

Level 2 courses
These programmes develop your skills and knowledge by building on what you have learnt at Level 1 or in your personal/work experience.

Level 3 courses
There are different programmes run at level 3 these include:

Access to Higher Education Diplomas – are nationally recognised qualifications, success on an Access programme is the best route to higher education. If you do not hold any former qualifications, success on an Access Programme is the best route to an interview for a place on a degree course at university or college.

BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Awards –are vocational courses related to a broad occupational area, combining practical, hands on activities with detailed technical study. It is sometimes possible to take part in related work experience. The national diploma is studied full-time over two years and consists of 18 modules, the national certificate is studied over two years and consists of 12 modules and the national award is studied over one year and consists of six modules.

Level 4/5 courses
Higher National Certificates, Diploma (HNC/HND) and Foundation Degrees equivalent to the first one or two years of an honours degree but are also qualifications in their own right.

NVQs
NVQs are nationally recognised qualifications designed to combine practical teaching with work experience. NVQs are open to students who can demonstrate the required standard of competence and display an understanding of the knowledge which underpins your area of study, irrespective of previous academic or career achievements. Some NVQ courses require you to be employed in the profession before you start the course.

Course Levels Explained

Course Levels Explained

“The course is enabling me to see how various roles in construction contribute to projects. I now have a much better understanding of the work done on site... My class has a mixture of professionals including Building Surveyors, Architects, Project Managers and Engineers, so we all get the complete picture. We also have a learning mentor at work who helps associate what we’ve studied with the company’s scenarios.”

Sue Stockwell, Foundation Degree in Construction student