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Understanding Our College-Level Courses

Riseholme College offers a range of different course levels and types across our subject areas to suit your needs and previous qualifications.

We know that understanding the different course levels and types can be confusing, which is why we’ve listed them below to help you understand.

Each of our courses has specific entry requirements that vary depending on the level and subject you are wanting to apply for, so check out the course you're interested in for details.

Often the main difference between our courses is the awarding body we use, such as BTEC, City and Guilds or Pearson. Regardless of the awarding body, the levels are equivalent to each other.

We're always on hand to help, though if you have queries come along to an Open Event or get in touch.

Key:

16-18

Vocational Route

Work Route

Level 4+

University Centre Courses

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University Centre Courses

We offer degree-level courses from Level 4 (HNCs) to Level 7 (master's programmes). Visit our University Centre to find out more about the degree-level courses on offer.

Level 4 Apprenticeships

Level 3

A-Levels (A-E)

T Levels

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T Levels

Riseholme has been chosen as one of a select few educational institutions across England to pioneer the new T Level qualifications. These two-year courses, which launched in September 2020, are the equivalent of three A Levels.

Level 3 Courses

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Level 3 Courses

Our vocational Level 3 courses can be taken as Foundation Diplomas, Extended Certificates, Diplomas or Extended Diplomas. Extended Diplomas are equivalent to three A Levels. They take between one and two years, dependent on the pathway you follow. We can help you decide which is the right path for you.

Access to Higher Education

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Access to Higher Education

These courses are designed for people aged 19+ who want to return to education and prepare students to study at degree-level.

Level 3 Apprenticeships

Level 2

GCSE Grades 4-9 (A* - C)

Level 2 Courses

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Level 2 Courses

Our vocational Level 2 courses, i.e. BTECs, are equivalent of GCSE grade 4.

Level 2 Apprenticeships

Level 1

GCSE Grades 1-3 (D-G)

Level 1 Courses

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Level 1 Courses

Our vocational Level 1 courses take a variety of forms, i.e. BTEC First Diplomas. They are a step up from Entry Level, and equivalent to GCSE grade 3.

Entry Level

Entry Level/Foundation Studies

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Entry Level/Foundation Studies

These are pre-GCSE level and are ideal for those who didn't get the grades they hoped for at school and want to improve their education.

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