A Levels remain the traditional academic route to university although some learners choose to go straight into employment. A full A Level is achieved by completing both AS Level and A2 Level. AS Level is a qualification in its own right. It may be possible to study alongside BTEC qualifications.
If you enjoy hands-on, practical work with plenty of real-life situations, BTEC qualifications are for you. BTECs are not exam based qualifications. You will undertake projects that form the basis of unit results and an overall grade. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. At Tresham you can choose to study BTEC qualifications at Level 1 right up to Level 4. BTEC Diplomas have been recognised by employers for a great number of years and provide UCAS points for entry to higher education.
NVQs (National Vocational Qulification) are based on standards which are drawn up by the industry in which the job is done and so reflect the true needs of employers in that industry. NVQs are assessed by a combination of a portfolio, where you collect evidence of the work you have done, and by observation where an assessor watches you work and checks that you can carry out the tasks. NVQs are often offered in the workplace or in college where assessment can take place in commercial settings. VRQs (Vocationally Related Qualifications) are classroom-based awards that will help you learn the knowledge and skills you would need to do a job or take an NVQ. They are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical tests and written exams.
We also offer other recognised qualifications for specialist careers including CACHE awards in Child Care and Education, OCR qualifications in Administration and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).