Access to Higher Education
Access to Higher Education prepares people without traditional qualifications to study at university. These courses are delivered by colleges in England and Wales and are also available in a range of subjects.
An advanced apprenticeship is equivalent to two A-Level passes. An advanced apprenticeship work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3 and allows entry to a Higher Apprenticeship and a Degree Level Qualification.
An apprenticeship is a program which allows a person to learn a craft or trade through hands-on experience while working with a skilled worker. They also simultaneously study towards this trade by attending a college.
A BTEC is a vocational qualification taken by young people aged 14 and over and by adults. They qualification is organised and awarded by the Edexcel Foundation within the BTEC brand.
CLAIT stands for Computer Literacy and Information Technology and is an internationally recognised IT qualification. There are three levels which accommodate beginners at level 1 and advanced users at level three which is equivalent to a level 3 NVQ.
The European Computer Driving Licence is a Europe-wide qualification in basic computer skills. Gaining this qualification shows employers you are able to carry out main tasks on a computer. It is the first qualification in personal computing skills to be recognised throughout the European Union.
Fast Track options allow professionals to gain qualifications in shorter periods of time as they may struggle to commit to full time study because of other responsibilities.
A foundation degree is the equivalent of two thirds of a full honours degree and is a fully flexible qualification allowing students to study part time or full time to fit their lifestyle.
A higher apprenticeship is a nationally accredited work-based programme designed to meet employers’ needs at higher skill levels and include qualifications at a level equivalent to higher education.
National Vocational Qualifications are work based awards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are achieved through assessment and training. NVQs come at different levels which tests a person’s capabilities at that particular stage.
National Certificate is a standard vocational further education qualification. It is also rated as Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework. A National Certificate is also equivalent to an A-Level, BTEC Extended Diploma and a NVQ Level 3 standard.
National Diplomas are standard academic qualifications, offered by most further education colleges and universities in the United Kingdom. Most National Diplomas are further education qualifications rated at level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework.
The Professional Certificate in Education is a qualification for those looking to teach in the post-compulsory sector, such as Adult and Community Education, Further and Higher Education both overseas and locally with students aged 16 and over.
A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a one year high education courses that provides training in order to allow graduates to become teachers.
Professional qualifications are awarded by professional bodies and follow on from having completed a degree or equivalent qualification.
SVQ’s are Scottish Vocational Qualifications which is a certificate of vocational education in Scotland. They are available to people of all ages and are developed by the Sector Skills Councils, in partnership with industry and awarding bodies.
People who complete a TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) are awarded a certificate and are qualified to teach English as a foreign language.
Vocationally Related Qualifications are study-based, structured-training programs which provide practical skill and knowledge required for a certain job.
A Young Apprenticeship is a learning route at Key Stage 4 which allows motivated and able pupils to study for vocational qualifications in both the classroom and college, with training providers and in the workplace too.