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1 Skills & Learning Bournemouth Dorset Poole GCSE Course Information English, Maths, Science and Psychology 2015/ P a g e

2 Application Information for Qualification Courses 2015/16 The purpose of this pack is to provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed choice about whether a course is suitable for you and if you will be able to commit to the work involved. In this pack you will find: 1) General information about qualification courses with Skills & Learning Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole. 2) Specific information about the type of course you are interested in to supplement the overview provided in the Course Information Sheet (CIS), also available at 3) Financial Information to help you work out how to fund your learning. 4) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet. 5) Links to further information to help you explore your options. 6) Information about Additional Learning Support (ALS) that may be available You will need to: Carefully read all of the information in this pack. Review the Course Information Sheet (CIS) and the awarding body/qualification website referred to in the CIS. Be able to provide copies of English, maths or any other qualifications at the appropriate level described in the CIS if requested. Please consider: Your literacy and or numeracy ability as necessary for the course Previous learning & qualifications. Your commitment and enthusiasm for the subject. Any possible barriers to learning and additional support requirements you may have that you would like to advise us about. The time involvement and level of study required. The requirement for regular attendance at class and completion of all necessary assignments, course work, portfolios, assessments or exams. If you feel, after reading this pack and the course information sheet, that the particular course is not suitable for you, we may be able to signpost you to other more suitable vocational skills, Skills for Life or non-accredited courses. 2 P a g e

3 About Us Skills & Learning Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole is a merged adult and community learning service offering accredited and non-accredited courses at various locations across the county. Skills & Learning is subsidised by Government funding and by enrolling on the course, you are accepting that you must complete the course and submit all required work for the accreditation. General Introduction to the Subject: Please read the Course Information Sheet (CIS) for the qualification(s) you are interested in. You should also visit the awarding body website detailed in this CIS. Additional Costs Involved and Where/how to Source Materials The CIS will give you an idea of the additional costs involved in the course. Please do not purchase any materials for courses prior to your induction as the tutor will guide you on what you may need. For some subjects, it is often possible to obtain some of the necessary materials without great expense your tutor may be able to advise about good sources of cheap or free resources. Home Study Requirements With all qualification courses there is a requirement to plan quality time outside of class time for home study and completion of assignments, case studies or projects. It is not possible to achieve qualification requirements without home study. Home study is a valuable way of learning to support your qualification. Key Dates The CIS available on the website at will show the planned dates of your chosen course. You should make sure that you are available to attend all of the sessions. If we need to make any alterations to the course dates, we will advise you. We traditionally break for the main school holidays although some courses may require attendance and you will be advised if this is the case. Your tutor will advise you of the dates you need to submit work for assessment and extensions may be considered on an individual basis. We require all forms of assessment to be completed and submitted by the end of July (of the current academic year) at the very latest. 3 P a g e

4 Attendance Requirements It is expected that you attend every scheduled session. We recognise that occasionally ill health or another emergency may prevent you attending a class and ask you to contact us to advise if you are unable to attend. Your Role in your Learning Experience You will be expected to take an active role in your own learning by engaging in sessions and participating in class activities, completing homework, researching between classes and submitting any required assignment/portfolio work. Career and Progression Opportunities Our qualification courses are designed to help you develop the skills you require in a particular subject for employment purposes or to allow you to progress to further study. If you are pursing a particular career route, you should check that the qualification you are applying for is suitable to help you progress. We recommend that you check The National Careers Service website for further advice or book an appointment with one of their advisors. or phone on: You can also book an appointment by phoning Additional Learning Support (ALS) You may have particular learning needs that require supporting during your course. Our Learning Support Officer will be able to advise on the type of support that is available and how it can be accessed. If you have a particular support need that we should be aware of in order for you to access your preferred course, please advise us on the application form. Your success on all of our courses will be better supported by using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Digital Literacy skills are also important to employers. Our tutors will encourage you to develop your ICT skills throughout the course and may use PCs or mobile technology in their classes. If you do not have access to a PC, laptop or tablet with internet connection at home, you can access facilities at your local library. Course Fees and Financial Support Please read the finance section for details about any financial assistance that may be available. Any queries regarding the cost of courses, eligibility for concessionary fees, financial support towards other costs e.g. materials, travelling and childcare or additional learning support will need to be referred to the Customer Service team on P a g e

5 Will I be eligible for financial assistance? Vocational Courses leading to a qualification Entry, Level 1 and Level 2 courses Financial assistance towards course fees may be available depending on your personal circumstances. If you are receiving JSA, ESA (WRAG) or Universal Credit (mandated to undertake skills training); you will be eligible for a free course. If you are unemployed, actively looking for work and are in receipt of any other state benefit, you may be eligible for a concession. Level 3 and 4 courses for those aged at start of course for course codes beginning AH Financial assistance towards course fees may be available depending on your personal circumstances. If you are receiving JSA, ESA (WRAG) or Universal Credit (mandated to undertake skills training); you will be eligible for a free course. If you are unemployed, actively looking for work and are in receipt of any other state benefit, you may be eligible for a concession. Level 3 and 4 Awards for those aged 24+ at start of course There are no subsidies or concessions available for this course. You will need to: pay the course fee in full OR complete a form to pay by instalments Level 3 and 4 Certificates and Diplomas for those aged 24+ at start of course for course codes beginning AH There are no subsidies or concessions available for this course. You will need to: pay the course fee in full OR complete a form to request payment by instalments OR apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan visit or phone for further information on loans and how to apply for them Additional financial support If your household income is below 25,000, you may be eligible for financial assistance with childcare, travel costs or exam fees. Payment by instalments If you course fee is over 100, you may apply to pay by instalments. 50% of the total course fee must be paid before the agreement is valid. You will then pay 2 consecutive monthly instalments of 25% each. If you have any further queries, please phone Please see examples of the forms you will need to complete if you are applying for Additional Support or an Instalment Plan. 5 P a g e

6 Refund Policy for 15/16 Please see details below of our refund policy. You really do need to be sure that the course is right for you and that you can commit to the time and work involved. CONDITIONS OF REFUNDS Under the distance selling regulations learners have the right to cancel their enrolment within seven working days for all enrolments made by phone, post, online or in person. To cancel the enrolment and receive a full refund you can us at or write to Skills&Learning, FREEPOST (SWB21126) Poole BH15 3BF within seven working days of receipt of payment confirmation. No refunds will be given if an enrolment is cancelled after the seven working day cooling off period. An appropriate proportion of fees may be refunded in the following circumstances: A class is closed due to low attendance and/or where the number of learners does not justify continuation of the course. A learner is unable to continue for medical reasons. A medical certificate or letter from a doctor must be supplied within three weeks of the last class attended to support the request for a refund. A 15 administration fee will be charged. A full refund of fees, with no administration charge, will be made if a course is cancelled due to a service failure. Please note: Examination fees are non-refundable Learners should not turn up for the first session without enrolling. Please retain this information for reference purposes. Please be aware that by enrolling on a course, learners are accepting all of the Terms & Conditions. Please note: Places on some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the Place on the course to another learner and you will not be eligible to a refund if it is outside of the 7 day cooling off period (see Conditions of Refunds ). All information is correct at time of printing May Following Completion of your Application Pack We will review your application pack, acknowledge receipt and send you a log-in to enable you to undertake a pre-course assessment. The acknowledgement will contain full instructions to enable you to undertake this. We recommend prompt completion of this assessment. Once you have completed this we will contact you to confirm a place is to be offered or discuss alternative qualification routes. Where places on courses are low, it may not be possible to offer places immediately to everyone who applies and you may be placed on a priority queue. If this is the case, you will be advised and contacted again in the future if a place becomes available before the course starts or if we are able to set up an additional course to meet demand. If we need to verify information about previous qualification or literacy/numeracy skills, we may place you on a priority queue for the course. 6 P a g e

7 Information for Applicants for GCSE Courses Applications will be considered in order of receipt and places offered if all course requirements are met. If your chosen course is full at the time we receive your enrolment form you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if a place becomes available. Making the Decision to Study at GCSE Level When making the decision to study on our GCSE programme we highly recommend that candidates view the Course Information Sheet and, if you are studying to improve your career prospects, you check with the National Career s Service ensuring your chosen qualification meets your career aims. You may also find it useful to make an appointment with our Learning Advisor by calling or the Ansbury Service for further advice and guidance to inform your progression. Please see our website for details. Please remember that our GCSE programmes are intensive courses it is not like studying for a GCSE in school where typically candidates have 2-3 years to complete the preparation and qualification. Studying an intensive GCSE course requires your full commitment to achieve the desired outcome.. Application Information GCSE applications must be submitted electronically by Friday 14 th August We carefully evaluate each application and the pre-course assessment result and a candidate s motivation and commitment to study. An application form may be shared with the course tutor. Selection Criteria Level on Entry Experience of learning Forms required: (1) Completed application form At least level 1 is required. Preferably level 2. Evidence of some prior learning including previous GCSE study and levels. When completing the application form please ensure you fully ( words) answer the reasons you wish to complete the course of study, including how you will manage your study time and your other commitments. Pre-course assessment; evidence of prior learning; application form and personal interview. Application form. Certificate Evidence. Personal interview. Application form. Personal interview. (2) Evidence of employment status. You may be required to provide evidence of this. Pre-course assessment scores A pre-course score of at least level 1, preferably level 2 is required to study on the intensive GCSE programme. Pre-course assessment. 7 P a g e

8 Should you score at Entry Level 3 you will be advised to undertake a slow track GCSE i.e. Functional Skills to Level 2 and then onto a GCSE programme perhaps in the following academic year. PLEASE NOTE: GCSE qualifications are changing and future programmes may be longer. Personal Interview Throughout the course your progress will be assessed and your attendance monitored. If you are deemed not to be making adequate progress and/or your attendance is poor your tutor will initially discuss any learning needs you may have to enable you to succeed. If your attendance and progress does not improve after that you may be called to a meeting with a Manager and alternative provision may be explored. A personal interview may be requested by a Manager. General Information on GCSE Courses All of our GCSE courses are accredited by AQA. We choose a syllabus that best suits adult learners. Our GCSE courses are delivered with just 75 hours of tutor contact/classroom time over 30 weeks between September and the following summer exam period. In schools, these subjects are taught over 2 year and many more hours. Our adult route expects that you are bringing with you some understanding of the topic from prior study and from your general adult life experience. Your tutor will guide you with your study and help prepare you for your exams but much of your progress on a GCSE course will be down to your own input. It is not possible to achieve a Grade C or above just by attending a class once a week. If you achieved a Grade D or E in a GCSE at school and have not studied since then, you must be realistic about what can be achieved within an academic year. GCSE English and GCSE Maths are available as fully funded (free) courses to anyone who does not already have a Grade C GCSE in these subjects. Commitment These courses are a big commitment in terms of your time. You will need to be able to attend all sessions unless you are unwell or another emergency arises. You will need to set aside significant additional time outside the class for tutor guided home study, reading, practice exam papers, research and anything else that will support your achievement. You will also need to dedicate more home study time in the run up to your exams for revision of topics covered earlier in the year. Controlled assessments for GCSE English and GCSE Science may be held on days/times/locations that are different to your usual class arrangements. GCSE English in particular will require you to attend additional controlled assessment sessions throughout the spring term (January to April) and you must ensure you are available to attend these. Equipment and materials required 8 P a g e

9 Core text books required for GCSE courses will be available from your local library and we have a special arrangement with the library service to allow an extended loan period. If you would prefer your own personal copy of the text book, you may prefer to purchase one. Please do not make any purchases until you have attended the Week 1 induction for your chosen course. If you are receiving JSA, ESA (WRAG) or Universal Credit (mandated to undertake skills training); you will be eligible for a fully funded GCSE course and will be provided with any essential items necessary to complete your qualification whilst you are on the course. Please note anything provided is on loan to you and must be returned at the end of the course. If it is not returned you will be invoiced for the full cost of a replacement. Financial support We may be able to offer financial support towards the cost of childcare and/or travel to enable you to access the course if you are on a low income. Please see separate Financial Information section for further details to see if you may qualify. You would then need to complete an application form. Text books and online resources Your tutor may recommend additional text books and recommended study guides and online resources during your induction. Home study Any assignment work must be completed and marked by the time the formal theory and practical exams take place so it is important to submit these by the deadline given by your tutor. Controlled Assessments Some GCSE courses have formal Controlled Assessments that contribute to your overall GCSE Grade. These assessments are run under exam style conditions in your usual classroom during your course. There will be a particular activity you must carry out within a designated timescale. You may be able to undertake some basic preparation before the assessment and will be give clear instructions about the notes you are able to take into the assessment with you. Controlled assessments for GCSE English and GCSE Science may be held on days/times/locations that are different to your usual class arrangements. GCSE English in particular will require you to attend additional controlled assessment sessions throughout the spring term (January to April) and you must ensure you are available to attend these. Examinations All GCSE qualification have final examinations which are held in the summer. The dates of these exams are set by the Awarding Organisation and are national dates so that everyone taking a particular qualification sits their exams at the same time. There is no opportunity to take these exams at different dates. You must be available to sit the exams and will be advised of the dates as soon as these are confirmed. Please be aware that the actual exam dates fall after your course finishes so please do not plan holidays or other events until you are sure of your exam dates. As a rule, GCSE exams all finish by mid June. Other considerations You will only be supported once by Government funding to take a GCSE qualification. The Government will not fund courses for the purpose of grade improvement if you have already achieved a Grade C or above. 9 P a g e

10 Specific GCSE qualification information: GCSE English - AQA 4700 GCSE Maths AQA Mathematics (Linear) B 4365 GCSE Science AQA Science A Route GCSE Psychology AQA Psychology 4180 GCSE English - AQA 4700 This course allows you to demonstrate your ability in functional English; to investigate and analyse language and, to experiment and use language creatively. It offers a skills-based approach to the study of English. This enables you to make fresh and individual responses to each element of assessment. The course is most suitable for those who wish to explore a range of literary and language topics and skills but who do not wish to take two separate GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. Exam papers will be available at Higher and Foundation Tiers, giving access to the course for candidates of all abilities. The foundation tier allows you to achieve grades C G and the Higher tier allows you to achieve grades A* - D. There is one final examination (60% of total marks) and a series of controlled assessments (8 hours in total) for: Understanding creative texts (literary reading) and Producing creative texts. The controlled assessments account for 40% of your total marks. Speaking and listening will be an internally assessed element of the qualification. You will need to exhibit your ability to speak and listen in functional contexts which require you to discuss and present. You will also need to demonstrate your ability to role play in either functional or dramatic situations. This unit is an excellent preparation for life beyond the classroom. Speaking and Listening will be an endorsement, separately reported on certificates. Creative writing is also assessed through Controlled Assessment. You will be encouraged to be imaginative and to experiment with language to create writing that goes beyond the real life contexts of the writing in the external unit. You may choose to write narrative, script, poetry or indeed any genre that enables an imaginative or even experimental use of English. Tasks will be selected from a bank of questions that encourage invention. The study of Literature in this course is assessed through Controlled Assessment. Tasks will be selected from a bank of questions that encourage you to choose your own aspect of study and develop a personal response. The final exam covers the functional elements of English and is split into Section A: Reading and Section B: Writing. The term functional should be considered in the broad sense of providing you with the skills and abilities you need to take an active and responsible role in your communities, in your everyday lives, workplaces and educational settings. 10 P a g e

11 GCSE Maths AQA Mathematics (Linear) B 4365 This course will help you develop the key skills required for: applying mathematics in context, problem solving, reasoning and the functional elements of mathematics. Assessment (by examination) at the end of the course means that you have time to develop a mature understanding of the subject before being assessed and will be familiar with all areas of the curriculum before advancing to further study in the subject. There are opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge of mathematics across the whole range of topic areas. You will develop thinking skills and independent working skills. The course will prepare you to function mathematically in the world and provides a thorough grounding for further study in mathematics. There are 2 tiers of assessment; Foundation and Higher. The Foundation examinations will allow you achieve grade C G and the higher examinations will allow you to achieve grades A* - D. In both tiers, it will be possible for you to apply your knowledge, reason mathematically and communicate clearly. Your tutor will enter you for the appropriate tier of examination once you and they are confident in your abilities you do not have to make that decision for several weeks. This course will allow you to develop and refine your problem solving strategies and build the confidence and skills required to tackle unfamiliar challenges. Topics covered include: Working with numbers and the number system Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Ratio and Proportion The Language of Algebra Expressions and Equations Sequences, Functions and Graphs Properties of angles and shapes Geometrical reasoning and calculation Measures and Construction Mensuration Vectors The Handling Data Cycle Data Collection Data presentation and analysis Data Interpretation Probability Successful completion of this course will help you to: develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts acquire and use problem-solving strategies select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. 11 P a g e

12 There are 2 final examinations. Paper 1: Written paper (Non-Calculator) 40% of the GCSE mathematics assessment Foundation tier 1 hour 15 mins 70 marks Higher tier 1 hour 30 mins 70 marks Paper 2: Written paper (Calculator) 60% of the GCSE mathematics assessment Foundation tier 1 hour 45 mins 105 marks Higher tier 2 hours 105 marks Foundation Tier grades C G available Higher Tier grades A* D available GCSE Science AQA Science A Route GCSE Science A is a science course for learners of any ability, whether you intend to study science further or not. The course presents biology, chemistry and physics in separate teaching and learning units, with final separate assessments (examinations) of biology, chemistry and physics, together with a Controlled Assessment. This course provides a firm foundation for progression to AS and A-level Science and is usually a suitable Science qualification for learners progressing to further study in teaching and nursing, or employment in the uniformed services (although please thoroughly check the entry requirements of your preferred college/university/employer). You will need good knowledge and use of English and maths skills at Level 1. In addition to units of Biology, Physics and Chemistry, there is a general unit called How Science Works which is integrated and delivered through all of the topics and the Controlled Assessment. Your skills knowledge and understanding will be developed through taught theory content and practical, investigative work. Subjects: Biology topics include: Keeping Healthy Nerves and hormones The use and abuse of drugs Interdependence and adaptation Energy and biomass in food chains Waste materials from plants and animals Genetic variation and its control Evolution Chemistry topics include: The fundamental ideas in chemistry Limestone and building materials Metals and their uses Crude oil and fuels Plant oils and their uses Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere Physics topics include: The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affects the rate at which that energy is transferred 12 P a g e

13 Energy and efficiency The usefulness of electrical appliances Methods we use to generate electricity The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expanding Controlled Assessment Planning an investigation Assess and manage risks when carrying out practical work Collect primary and secondary data Select and process primary and secondary data Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data Opportunities for practical work will allow you to: use your knowledge and understanding to pose scientific questions and define scientific problems plan and carry out investigative activities, including appropriate risk management, in a range of contexts collect, select, process, analyse and interpret both primary and secondary data to provide evidence evaluate your methodology, evidence and data. There are 2 tiers of assessment; Foundation and Higher. The Foundation examinations will allow you achieve grade C G and the higher examinations will allow you to achieve grades A* - D. Your tutor will enter you for the appropriate tier of examination once you and they are confident in your abilities you do not have to make that decision for several weeks. Assessments/Examinations: Unit 1: Biology 1 Written paper 1 hour 60 marks 25% Structured and closed questions Unit 2: Chemistry 1 Written paper 1 hour 60 marks 25% Structured and closed questions Unit 3: Physics 1 Written paper 1 hour 60 marks 25% Structured and closed questions Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing 50 marks 25% Controlled Assessment: AQA set the ISAs and send your tutor all the information before the course starts Your tutor chooses which of several ISAs to do and when You do the ISA test in class time (although this may not be your regular class time/location) Your tutor marks your tests using marking guidance from AQA 13 P a g e

14 GCSE Psychology AQA Psychology 4180 This course will provide you with a sound understanding of the various methods and approaches in psychology at an introductory level. Knowledge of methods and approaches will be illustrated through various topic areas representing the core areas of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences. The topic areas have been chosen because of their importance and prominence within the core area and their relevance to everyday life. You will also develop an appreciation of ethical issues that must be considered when conducting research in psychology. You will gain experience of designing and conducting informal classroom research using a variety of methods. You will be expected to analyse data collected in investigations at a descriptive level and draw conclusions based on research findings. You will be required to draw on these experiences to answer questions in the examination for these units. In the delivery of these units, teachers will seek out contemporary examples of theories and research to develop your understanding of the subject content. Topics: Unit 1 Making Sense of Other People Memory Non-verbal communication Development of personality Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination Research methods Methods of Investigation Methods of Control, Data Analysis and Data Presentation Ethical Considerations Unit 2 Understanding Other People Learning Social Influence Sex and gender Aggression Examinations: Psychology 4182 Unit 1: Making Sense of Other People (41801) Written Paper 1 hour 30 mins 80 marks 50% Unit 2: Understanding Other People (41802) Written Paper 1 hour 30 mins 80 marks 50% 14 P a g e

15 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: Why is there so much information and why do I have to complete an application form? I want to take this course and would just like to enrol. A: Skills&Learning is publically funded by The Skills Funding Agency. Public money must be spent carefully and we are required to provide good value for money. One of the ways our service is judged for quality is by our learners achieving good success rates. This means that we expect every learner who starts on a course will complete the course and achieve the qualification this is success! The information we have provided and our careful application process is designed to ensure that all learners know exactly what they are going to be required to do when they sign up for a course so they are more likely to stick with it and achieve the qualification. Q: I like the look of a course but don t want to take a qualification in it- why can t I just come along to classes to enjoy the subject? A: Although the Government recognises that it is good for adults to learn new skills for enjoyment, socialisation and to keep themselves active, in this current economic climate, they cannot fund places on qualifications taken for hobby or leisure pursuits. The course you are applying for leads to a qualification as it is important that we improve the skills of the nation to help people gain employment and improve skills in the workplace which will help grow the economy. The qualifications we offer are subsidised by Government funding because they have been developed to provide learning to address some of the skills gaps identified in particular sectors. There are other non-accredited courses that are offered by Skills&Learning or other providers which do not lead to qualifications please see our website or talk to one of our customer service advisers if you would like to study a particular subject without taking a qualification. Q: I m an adult with a very busy life and have work and family commitments so I can t always come to classes every week. Can I just come along when I ve got time? A: It is vital that you have good attendance on your course as you will miss valuable information, tuition and skills development by not attending. The awarding bodies expect that you have received all of the required teaching to enable you to become qualified. You and your classmates will benefit from everyone attending regularly as it helps with group-work and activities and means the tutor can get on with the subject without having to spend time with individual learners getting them up to speed following absence. Our tutors are well qualified in their field and can offer a wealth of valuable knowledge and guidance and if you miss sessions, you may find you have important gaps in your knowledge which prevent you from succeeding. 15 P a g e

16 Q: I haven t studied for a long time and am worried I ll find it really difficult. What help will I get to develop my study skills? A: Although there is not time within your course to offer dedicated sessions on individual study skills, your tutor will support you throughout your qualification and will provide you with guidance on the best way to structure your time and complete any necessary assignments. You will benefit from doing some internet research into effective study skills before you start your course. If you have particular learning needs e.g. dyslexia, you may be able to require additional support throughout your course. The types of support available can be found in more detail on our website and in the Learner Handbook. Q: What do the course levels mean? A: Qualifications are given a level that indicates the depth of knowledge, understanding and skills required in regard to the subject, including; Theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding, cognitive skill such as critical thinking and analysis, IT, numeracy and communication skills, Autonomy and the ability to work with others. Qualifications range from Entry Levels through to Level 8 an Entry Level 3 or Level 1 qualification is usually at an introductory level and helps you develop basic knowledge and skills required for the subject. A Level 2 qualification as a guide is roughly a GCSE Level course and some vocational Level 2 qualifications are considered to be Full Level 2 equivalent to having achieved 5 x GCSEs Grades A*-C. Level 3 vocational qualifications are pitched at a similar level to A levels and Level 4 and above apply to Higher Education courses. For more information please see; https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean Q: I d like to get qualified in my chosen subject in order to get a new job but how do I know if this is the right route for me? A: The National Careers Service is a free service for all young people and adults to help you identify your next career steps. There is loads of information on their website and you may qualify for a free appointment with one of their advisers. Visit the website https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/pages/home.aspx or phone on Having read all of the information in this pack, if you would like to apply to be considered for a place on your chosen course, please now complete the Application Form and submit. 16 P a g e

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