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Qualifications Explained

Study Programmes

Choosing a course can be a challenge, as there are many options available. Boston College will prepare your son/daughter/ward for getting a job, continuing their studies or progressing to a Higher Level course, such as a degree, by enrolling them on a study programme.

Study programmes are course packages for those aged 16-18, which are tailored to meet their own personal needs. The study programmes include:

  • A main qualification, e.g a BTEC, vocational course or A levels
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and Maths (if a GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) hasn't already been achieved)
  • Non-study activities, such as tutorials, enterprise, voluntary work, fund-raising, charity work and external trips

For more information on Boston College's Study Programmes, please visit the 'Study Programme' page with 'School Leavers'.

Levels and Qualifications Explained

Boston College offers a wide range of courses ranging from Entry Level up to Level 7. The chart below shows you how different qualifications compare with one another, as well as the progression route that could be taken.

 

 

Entry Level

Entry level qualifications help develop skills, and increase knowledge along with confidence. There are no entry requirements for these courses.

Progress to: A range of courses at Level 1

 
Progress to: A range of courses at Level 2 or employment

 
Progress to: A range of courses at Level 3 or employment

 
Progress to: A range of University Level courses at Level 4 or above (through Boston College or university) or employment

 
 
Progress to: A range of University Level courses at Level 5 (through Boston College or at university, or employment)

 
Progress to: A range of University Level course at Level 6 (through Boston College or at university, or employment)

 
Progress to: A range of courses at Level 7, such as Master's Degree, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas

  • Master's Degree
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates

Progress to: A range of courses at Level 8, such as a Doctorate (PhD) at university.

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