Further Education Qualifications Explained

Calderdale College has a set of standard entry requirements; but never be deterred by the lack of formal qualifications or by not meeting the entry requirements. Tell us what you want to do and we can find the most appropriate course.

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WHICH LEVEL IS FOR YOU?
Calderdale College has a set of standard entry requirements. Apply for the course you want to study and we will help you get there.

There are a lot of courses available – work focused, practical and academic so it is important to think about the future and whether you want to proceed to university, move onto another course or get a job.

If you’re still not sure, don’t worry, just speak to a member of our advice and guidance team who will advise you.

BTECS
BTECs are vocational and occupationally relevant courses which help you gain knowledge  and specific skills in your chosen area. They are well recognised by employers and universities.

All courses are primarily taught through assignment work and are tested through assignments and time-limited assessments. BTEC Awards and Certificates are accreditations for completing some units but not the full Diploma.

NVQS
NVQs are job-specific, providing you with the knowledge needed to do a job effectively. They are available to anyone, at any age or stage of their career development. The central feature of NVQs is the National Occupational Standards (NOS) on which they are based. NOS are statements of performance standards, that describe what level of competency people work at, in a particular occupation.

They cover all the main aspects of an occupation, including current best practice, the ability to adapt to future requirements, and the knowledge and understanding that underpins competent performance.

APPRENTICESHIPS
Anyone aged 16+ can earn while they learn on an Apprenticeship. There are a wide range of opportunities to suit your ability and job preferences. By working to a structured plan and gaining work experience you will achieve an Apprenticeship framework that reflects your ability. Functional Skills are a requirement for an Apprenticeship framework.

If you have not achieved a GCSE Grade 4 or equivalent in English, Maths or a Technical Certificate, then you will work on these skills with help from your vocational tutor, so that you achieve at least a Level 2 in all areas.

TRAINEESHIPS
A Traineeship is an education and skills training programme with work experience, that prepares young people for their future career by making them ‘work ready’.

This course is designed to help young people aged 16-24 who aren’t sure what chosen area they want to go into. The pathway includes English and Maths, interview skills and work related knowledge.

VRQS
VRQs are practical courses that are usually assessed by tests and coursework. They are available in work related subjects such as Hairdressing, and are more job specific than other qualifications.

Whilst studying a VRQ you will gain knowledge, understanding and skills for a broad area of work and range of jobs. 

ENGLISH & MATHS
Every 16-18 year old without a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths will have to study these subjects at College. This can include Functional Skills and ESOL qualifications or if appropriate, GCSE resists.

HE PROGRESSION
We offer a range of Adult Education and Higher Education courses including full-time and part-timeBA(Hons) degrees, foundation degrees and Access to HE courses. You can study alongside full-time jobs, childcare and other responsibilities.

You can be part of a small community of around 300 students, with industry experienced tutors and resources from other universities. 

SPECIAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Some courses require special entry requirements, such as:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service

(DBS) certificate

  • References
  • The completion of a dexterity test
  • Attainment in a pre-course

diagnostic assessment

  • Be successful at an audition or interview

The Admissions Team can help you identify whether you meet the entry requirements and the College can advise prior to an Admissions Event, what evidence may be required. Should you be interviewed at an Admissions Event and not be successful in receiving an offer for the course you applied for, you will be directed onto an alternative level that will enable you to progress.