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Course types for under 19s

At West Notts, our courses range from entry-level to level 5. Deciding what to study can be based on future aspirations (be it university or employment), the level you’re studying at or course length.

  • 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 15 different A Level subjects.

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

    Work-related learning aimed at preparing you for further study in a specific industry. Find out why a BTEC works.

    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.

  • CACHE
    Level 1 - Level 3
    Course length: 1 - 2 years

    The UK’s leading sector specialist for early years care and education and health and social care awards.

  • Apprenticeships
    Level 2 - Level 7

    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.

Qualification levels explained

There are many qualifications in the UK, at various levels. Find out which level you are at and where you could go next.

  • Entry Level

    Options for students who need support to progress with their learning.

  • Level 1
    • GCSE grades 1-3 (D-G)
    • NVQ
    • Traineeships
    • Various diplomas and certificates
  • Level 2
    • GCSE grades 4-9 (A*-C)
    • NVQ
    • Intermediate apprenticeship
    • Various diplomas and certificates
  • Level 3
    • A Level
    • T Level
    • Advanced apprenticeship
    • Extended Diploma
    • Access to HE Diploma
    • NVQ
    • Various diplomas and certificates
  • Level 4
    • First year at university
    • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
    • NVQ
    • Higher apprenticeship
    • Various professional diplomas and certificates
  • Level 5
    • Second year at university
    • Foundation Degree
    • Higher National Diploma (HND)
    • NVQ
    • Degree apprenticeship
    • Various professional diplomas and certificates
  • Level 6
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Graduate Certificate
    • Graduation Diploma
    • NVQ
    • Degree apprenticeship
    • Various professional diplomas and certificates
  • Level 7
    • Master's Degree
    • Postgraduate Diploma
    • Postgraduate Certificate
    • Degree apprenticeship
    • Various professional diplomas and certificates
  • Level 8
    • Doctorates
    • Advanced professional diplomas and certificates

Course levels explained

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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