Plan your programme

When it comes to choosing your College course there are a few important things to consider.

Firstly, think about what subjects you want to study i.e. the subjects you; enjoy at school, would like to study at university, need for the career you want to progress in to etc.

Secondly, you need to take in to consideration the level of course that will be suitable for you. GCSEs are a Level 2 qualification but at Bridgwater & Taunton College we offer programmes for school leavers from Entry Level up to Level 3. The level that you study will depend on your GCSEs and the type of course you choose to study. The below chart will help to explain the entry requirements of each level and the programmes that you can study at each level.

Entry Level

Programme title

  • Entry level programmes
  • Next Steps programmes

Entry requirements

A positive attitude to formal qualifications are needed.

What next?

You could progress on to a Level 1 programme or into supported employment.

Level 1

Programme title

  • BTEC Level 1 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate
  • BTEC Level 1 Award
  • NVQ Level 1
  • Pre-apprenticeship programme
  • Foundation programme

Entry requirements

A number of GCSEs in the D – G or 5 - 1 range or other equivalent qualifications

What next?

You could progress on to a Level 2 programme or you could seek employment in a foundation level role.

Level 2

Programme title

  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate
  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate
  • NVQ Level 2
  • GCSEs

Entry requirements

At least five GCSEs in the A* – E or 9 – 3 range, with at least two at grade D, or an  appropriate Level 1 qualification with a Merit profile.

What next?

You could progress on to a Level 3 programme or you could seek employment in an intermediate level role.

Level 3

Programme title

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • AS/A Levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • NVQ Level 3

Entry requirements

At least five GCSEs (six, in the case of the IBDP) in the A* – C or or 9 - 5 range or an appropriate Level 2 qualification with a Merit profile.

What next?

You could apply for a university course or you could seek employment as an apprentice or in a junior role.

For all courses, applicants must have a positive attitude and a desire to learn. You will also need the stamina to attend for the full length of the programme and the potential to progress. You may need specific grades to progress onto higher level courses or into certain careers in the future, therefore you must try hard to get the highest grades you can. Entry in all cases is subject to a successful interview.