Advanced Level Courses

Now, you can pack even more into your time at College by taking an A-level and other extra qualifications alongside your principal level three vocational course, or by combining A-Levels, BTECs and other level 3 courses to suit you.

With our combined offer, you can:

  • Earn extra UCAS points to help you get into your first choice university
  • Improve your chances of getting a job by learning the skills employers look for
  • Expand your area of expertise to give yourself more options in the future
  • Earn essential A-levels to give yourself an excellent foundation for further study

For example, if you want to progress to a degree in sport science you might consider including an applied science or extended project qualification to your BTEC studies. 

Combining advanced level courses

You can also combine three advanced level courses from the following list:

• English (AS/A-Level)

• Maths (AS/A-Level)

• BTEC Applied Law (Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma)

• BTEC Applied Science (Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma)

• BTEC Construction and the Built Environment (Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma)

• BTEC Environmental Sustainability (Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma)

• Extended Project Qualification


Entry requirements:

For entry to the combined package, you must meet the requirements of the vocational course and those of the individual A-levels you are applying for.

Differences in the way courses are assessed:

A-levels are externally assessed entirely at the end of two years of study. The AS will still exist and carry UCAS points as a one-year stand-alone study programme option but marks obtained in an AS will not contribute to the final A-level grade. BTEC Advanced study subjects carry UCAS points and are equivalent to A-levels but are more practical in content and have more coursework-based assessment.

A-Level equivalents

The certificate award is equivalent in size to an AS level, whilst the subsidiary diploma is equivalent in size to an A-level. There will be an opportunity at the end of year one for learners to take the Extended Project Qualification as an alternative to continuing with a subject, or to take the Extended Project Qualification as an additional qualification for more UCAS points.

 How to apply:

If you want to apply for a full-time vocational course with an additional A-level, just put the name of the full-time vocational course on your application. You will be able to discuss the A-level with a tutor during your interview.