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Course types

At West Notts, our courses range from entry-level to university-level. Deciding what to study can be based on future aspirations (be it university or employment), the level you’re studying at or course length.

Course types explained

  • A Levels
    Level 3
    Course length: 2 years

    A Levels are academic qualifications taken after GCSEs. Each A Level focuses on a specific subject area, students normally take two to five depending on career goals. At West Notts, we offer 16 different A Level subjects.

    A level courses
  • BTEC
    Entry Level - Level 3
    Course length: 1 - 2 years

    Work-related learning aimed at preparing you for further study in a specific industry.

    BTEC courses
    NVQ
    Level 1 - Level 3
    Course length: 1 - 2 years

    A qualification that measures your knowledge and ability in a specific subject area or job role – suitable for those already in employment.

    NVQ courses
  • Apprenticeships
    Level 2 - Level 4
    Course length: min 12 months

    Work and study at the same time. You’ll learn practical skills at work and may also go to college on day release. You’ll also earn a weekly wage. Apprenticeships come in three levels (intermediate, advanced and higher), each designed to further develop your skills and knowledge in a specific area.

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    The college offers apprenticeships through our subsidiary company, Vision Apprentices, who will help you to find an apprenticeship to suit you, making sure you’re fully prepared for the role.

    Visit Vision Apprentices

Levels explained

Use the chart below to find which level you are at and where you could go next.

Course levels explained

Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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