Level 2 and 3 Pathways
Level 3 Pathway
Level 3 is usually studied in Years 12 and 13 and includes A Levels and Level 3 Vocational Qualifications.
Entry to Level 3 courses requires Grade 4’s in at least five GCSE’s.
Level 3 qualifications will give you access to higher education or higher level apprenticeships, they are also suitable for direct entry into many areas of employment.
Level 3 study develops and tests knowledge and understanding of particular subject through examinations and, on many vocational programmes through coursework, as well as developing analytical and critical abilities.
Level 2 Pathway
Level 2 is usually studied in Years 10 and 11 and includes GCSE’s and Level 2 Vocational Qualifications.
It can sometimes be a good idea to take another year to increase your Level 2 qualifications in order to make the best possible preparations for Level 3 courses.
For Maths and English, resitting is compulsory if you haven't achieved a Grade 4 or above. You'll need to continue studying these subjects until you either pass or turn 18.
If you look like you are going to achieve less than four GCSE’s, you should carry on studying at Level 2.