What pathway should I choose?
Vocational qualifications tend to focus on a certain career or industry. They are both theoretical and practical and often include work experience through Reed NCFE. West London College offers a range of vocational qualifications at all levels, including BTEC National Diplomas and Apprenticeships.
Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 Diplomas
Whether you have a career in mind, hope to go to university or want to pursue a particular interest, the Diploma is a good way to explore your options. A Diploma at Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 offers opportunities for specialist study as well as a mix of classroom learning and hands-on experience, all designed to prepare you for your chosen career.
BTEC National Diplomas
These Level 3 qualifications not only attract UCAS points for entry into university but also provide a good insight into the world of work and are recognised by employers.
Students appreciate the balance of interesting lessons, practical assignments, theory and the scope for developing their own ideas. Students will also build up a portfolio of work, which they can take to interview.
An Apprenticeship is designed by employers for 16-24 year olds who are in employment. Training and assessment is carried out in your workplace and you will be required to attend College one day each week. Apprenticeships combine hands-on work while studying towards recognised qualifications.
Traditionally regarded as one of the most popular routes into university or employment, academic qualifications such as A-Levels are available in a wide range of subjects and focus on traditional study skills.
A-Levels are Level 3 qualifications that can offer you flexibility because they are separated into two years for AS (year one) and A2 (year two). If you study for two years you will get what is traditionally known as the full A-Level.
The number of A-Levels that you can take will depend on the skills and qualifications that you have. However, students generally study 3 or 4 A-Levels over the two year period.
For more information or guidance on which pathway is suitable for you, speak to your Careers Advisor, Teacher or one of our Advisors at West London College.
Following on from Level 3 qualifications, whether you choose a BTEC vocational qualification, A Levels or an Apprenticeship you can further progress on to Higher Education at West London College. This includes a range of Higher National Diploma (HND) courses and Undergraduate Degrees. For more information visit our Higher Education (https://www.wlc.ac.uk/highered) page.