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Qualification Explained

No qualification

This means that the course doesn't come with any kind of qualification. You might do it for the experience or just to learn a skill

Certificate of attendance/completion/achievement (no assessment element)

This means you'll get a certificate at the end to prove you've completed the course. You won't have to do any exams, you'll just be given something to show you turned up and learnt something

Functional Skill

The Functional Skill qualification is awarded to people who have completed a course that shows them how to apply maths and/or English to real life situations. You will be assessed in order to achieve this

Basic skill

This essentially means you'll come away with a basic ability at literacy and numeracy. These qualifications and courses are often for adults who didn't reach a high enough level in these in school

Pre-apprenticeship at Level 1

Pre-apprenticeship courses are aimed at getting you ready to do an apprenticeship. If you hold one of these qualifications, it will help you take the next step when you're ready

NVQ Level 1 and relevant components

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification and will cover skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 1 NVQs teach the basics and will provide you with a starter to study more. They're equivalent to GCSEs grades D-G

SVQ Level 1 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ level one covers skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 1 SVQs teach the basics and will provide you with a starter to study more. They're equivalent to GCSEs grades D-G

Scottish National Qualification - Standard Grade

National Qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This level is the first and most basic level of National you can do

Scottish National Qualification - Access 3

National qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This level is the first and most next level up from the most basic level of National qualification you can do

Scottish National Qualification - Intermediate 1-2

National qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This is the 'intermediate' level of National you can do

GCSE or equivalent

GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education and sit at levels 1 and 2 on the QCF. This means they give you a grounding in a subject that will prepare you for further education or work

Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma

Delivered by course providers in Wales, this qualification is at the same level as GCSEs and often chosen as an alternative

Vocational related qualification (VRQ)

This term encompasses any qualification that you can achieve that will be focused on preparing you for a specific workplace

Young Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship at Level 2

Intermediate apprenticeships are the equivalent to GCSEs grades A* to C. They are workplace-based qualifications where you learn by doing (and get paid too!) and only spend a short time in college

First Certificate/Diploma

These qualifications, though usually based in a college or school, prepare you for the workplace by teaching you relevant practical skills alongside theory. They are equivalent to GCSEs

NVQ Level 2 and relevant components

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification and will cover skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 2 NVQs will require you have some knowledge in the subject and will take basic skills a little further. They're equivalent to GCSEs grades A*-C

SVQ Level 2 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ Level 2 build on the basics and will provide you with a starter to study more. They're equivalent to GCSEs grades A*-C

Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3

Advanced apprenticeships are the equivalent to A Levels. They are workplace-based qualifications where you learn by doing (and get paid too!) and only spend a short time in college

GCE AS Level or equivalent

These are academic qualifications aimed at giving you higher expertise in certain subjects, preparing you for work or for further education

GCE A Level or equivalent

These are academic qualifications aimed at giving you higher expertise in certain subjects, preparing you for work or for further education

International Baccalaureate Diploma

This qualification is recognised worldwide and is equivalent to GCSEs. It covers a range of subjects

National Certificate/Diploma

These qualifications, though usually based in a college or school, prepare you for the workplace by teaching you relevant practical skills alongside theory. They are equivalent to A Levels

NVQ Level 3 and relevant components

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification and will cover skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 3 NVQs will require you have some knowledge in the subject and will take your learning to a higher level. They're equivalent to A Levels

SVQ Level 3 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ level one covers skills needed in a particular area of work. They're equivalent to A Levels

Scottish National Qualification - Higher

National Qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This is the 'higher' level of National qualification you can do

Scottish National Qualification - Advanced Higher

National Qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This is the 'advanced higher' level of National qualification you can do

Access to Higher Education

This is a qualification aimed at preparing you for university if you don't have the traditional A Level/GCSE level of study. Usually focused on a specific subject it will get you ready to take a degree in that area on finishing

Foundation Art and Design

This qualification is aimed at getting you ready to take a degree in a creative subject. It is equivalent to a foundation degree

NVQ Level 4 and relevant components

NVQ Level 4 and relevant components

SVQ Level 4 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ level one covers skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 4 takes your learning to a much higher level. They're equivalent to undergraduate degrees

Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4

Higher apprenticeships are the equivalent to a foundation degree. They are workplace-based qualifications where you learn by doing (and get paid too!) and will only spend a short time in college

NVQ Level 5 and relevant components

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification and will cover skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 5 NVQs are usually for experienced managers in the workplace. They're equivalent to undergraduate degrees

SVQ Level 5 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ level one covers skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 5 SVQs take your learning to a much higher level - often for experienced managers. They're equivalent to undergraduate degrees

Nationally recognised qualification

This means the qualification you gain can be transferred to other locations in the UK and employers will be familiar with the level you've studied at

Professional or Industry Specific qualification

This term encompasses qualifications that you can use in the workplace of a particular industry. Usually awarded by professional and industry-based organisations, these qualifications will be familiar to employers in certain areas of work

Other External Awarded Qualification

This means the qualification is awarded by an external body. It may therefore include an assessed element

Course Provider Diploma/Certificate/Award (this must include an assessed element)

This means the qualification is awarded by the course provider but that you do get a real qualification at the end, it's just that they award it in-house. There will be an assessment to get this

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Orpington, BR5 1LA PART TIME DAY

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The late- Georgian period was a time of a lively political culture that could be corrupt and violent, but could also lead to a high level of... read more

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Guildford, GU2 4BS PART TIME DAY

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In this lively and friendly course we will study five famous trials drawn from British history 1500-1900. Each session will focus on a different... read more

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Pickering, YO18 8AA PART TIME DAY

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We will examine key events and themes in European and World History between 1200 and 1500. Topics will include the 100 Years War, the Black Death... read more

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Duration: 11 weeks

Bromley, BR1 2PX PART TIME DAY

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When the monarchy was restored in 1660 the issues that had caused the Civil War remained unresolved. By the end of his reign Charles II was able... read more

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Tiverton, EX16 6SH PART TIME DAY

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An illustrated lecture describing the life of Peter Blundell, a fabulously rich Tiverton merchant - how he came by his fortune, and how he... read more

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Duration: 10 weeks

Banstead, SM7 1PZ PART TIME DAY

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Illustrated by the paintings of the period, the course considers the social, religious and political turmoil created by three rival queens: Mary... read more

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Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1DL PART TIME DAY

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In this lively and friendly course we will study one of British history's most famous treason trials, including in particular how the trial came... read more

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Duration: 5 weeks

Walton-On-Thames, KT12 1LG PART TIME DAY

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The last of the Tudor monarchs, Elizabeth the 1st, became one of the greatest Queens in English history. She was an exacting taskmaster who... read more

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Duration: 11 weeks

Sittingbourne, ME10 4DE PART TIME DAY

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This period saw the beginning of the end of Britain's economic supremacy. It saw expansion of the Empire but also challenges to Britain's... read more

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Camborne, TR14 9DP PART TIME DAY

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Discover various aspects of Cornish mining, including social, technical and economic impact. You will be introduced to a range of topics... read more

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Maldon, CM9 8SE WEEKEND

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A day school that tells the story of the first great escape of World War II, when 40 British and Commonwealth officers hatched the most original... read more

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Tiverton, EX16 6SH PART TIME DAY

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By using the information contained in the Domesday Book and other sources, students will be shown how people of the Tiverton area lived and... read more

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Duration: 6 weeks

Louth, LN11 9BS PART TIME DAY

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How did English start? Where did it come from? What other languages is it related to? All these questions answered and more. No previous... read more

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Lincoln, LN1 1UR PART TIME DAY

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Through an illustrated presentation learn about some of the seasonal festivities and celebrations associated with what is generally the coldest... read more

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Duration: 9 weeks

Level: Intermediate

Billericay, CM12 9AS PART TIME DAY

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The course looks at the social problems caused by the industrial revolution, particularly poverty and inequality, and how those in power... read more

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Duration: 7 weeks

York, YO32 2PU PART TIME DAY

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We will look at the Five Great Evils identified in Beveridge's report and examine how the modern Welfare State was set up to tackle them. We will... read more

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Duration: 7 weeks

Walsall, WS9 8AN PART TIME DAY

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Historian Arthur Marwick saw a radical transformation of British society resulting from the Great War, a deluge that swept away many old... read more

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Duration: 11 weeks

Orpington, BR6 0BG PART TIME DAY

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This history course will look at the expansion of the British Empire from its origins in the 17th century. It will concentrate on looking at the... read more

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Orpington, BR6 0BG WEEKEND

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When Princes Charlotte, the daughter of the Prince Regent, died of childbirth in 1817 at the age of twenty-one, a shocked nation went into deep... read more

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Duration: 10 weeks

Harrow, HA2 6EQ PART TIME DAY

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