When it’s time to consider continuing onto Further Education, it is important to get the information you need to make the choice that is right for you.

At Solihull College you can choose to take BTECs, NVQs or join one of our Apprenticeship Programmes.

Our courses are normally divided up into levels and range from level 1 to level 3. As a school leaver, you will normally start at Level 3, however we provide courses from Entry Level.

To make it easier for you we make sure that whatever your previous experience or GCSE grades, we can get you started on the path you want with the course that’s right for you.

Solihull College offers courses for those living in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire or other areas of the West Midlands.

 

BTEC Level 3 courses (inc City and Guilds)
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The BTEC Level 3 qualifications are vocational courses related to a broad occupational area, combining practical, hands-on activities with detailed technical study. You may also be able to take part in related work experience.

You can study any of the following Level 3 BTEC courses in your chosen subject area;
Level 3 Diploma
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
Level 3 Extended Diploma

Apprenticeships (Advanced)

If you want to develop your future career prospects an advanced apprenticeship is for you. They are high-quality work-based training programmes for those with a substantial amount of industry-related experience. They enable you to work, develop the skills of your chosen profession further and gain a recognised qualification whilst earning a decent wage.

NVQ Level 3

NVQ Level 3 is a work-based course aimed at those who are employed and looking to enter a managerial or supervisory role. NVQs are often considered the perfect stepping stone to turn industrial experience into a recognised professional qualification.

Level You will need You can study€ Next steps
Level 3 At least four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above* or BTEC Level 3 Diploma Higher Education
BTEC Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship (Advanced) Employment
Suitable references NVQ Level 3
Successful College interview City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma



Level 2 Courses
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BTEC Level 2 courses (inc City and Guilds)

The BTEC Level 2 courses are full-time courses which are normally completed within a year. These qualifications are designed to build and develop your knowledge about your area of study.

You can study any of the following Level 2 BTEC courses in your chosen subject area:

Level 2 Certificate
Level 2 Extended Certificate
Level 2 Diploma
NVQ Level 2

NVQ is a work-based course aimed at those who are employed. NVQs are often considered the perfect stepping stone to turn industrial experience into a recognised professional qualification.

Apprenticeships
If you want to develop your future career prospects and study at the same time then an apprenticeship is for you. They are high-quality work-based training programmes that enable you to work, learn the skills of your chosen profession and gain a recognised qualification whilst earning a decent wage.

Level You will need You can study€ Next steps
Level 2 At least two GCSEs at grade D/3 or above* or BTEC Level 2 Certificate/Diploma Level 3 Qualification
Level 1 Vocational Qualification NVQ Level 2 Advanced Apprenticeship
Suitable References City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate/Diploma Employment
Successful College interview Apprenticeship


Level 1 Courses
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Level 1 courses

The BTEC Level 1 courses are practical, work related qualifications. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. These courses cover the basic technical knowledge and practical skills to provide a good foundation for future career opportunities or progression to more advanced work-related qualifications.You can study any of the following Level 1 BTEC courses in your chosen subject area:

Level 1 Certificate
Level 1 Award
Level 1 Diploma
NVQ Level 1

NVQ is a work-based course aimed at those who are employed. NVQs are often considered the perfect stepping stone to turn industrial experience into a recognised professional qualification.

Level You will need You can study€ Next steps
Level 1 At least two GCSEs at grade E/2 or above* or BTEC Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma Level 2 Qualification
An entry level qualification at the required grade NVQ Level 1 Apprenticeship
Suitable References City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate/Diploma Employment
Successful College Interview Employment


Access to Further Education
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The Access to Further Education course is suitable for 16-19 year olds, who have few or no formal qualifications and are unsure about which educational or career route they want to follow.

This course enables you to achieve qualifications whilst keeping your options open.

This course can lead onto Level 1 or Level 2 courses, training programmes or employment.