Level 3 Pathway

Entry to Level 3 courses requires 5 Passes at GCSE

Level 3 is the next step after GCSE and includes A Levels and Level 3 Vocational Qualifications

Most Level 3 students aim for a place in higher education or higher level apprenticeships, but Level 3 qualifications are also suitable for a direct entry into many areas of employment.

Level 3 study develops and tests knowledge and understanding of particular subject through examinations and, on many vocational programmes through coursework, as well as developing analytical and critical abilities.

Types of Level 3 Courses

There are different types of courses to choose from at EWS; A Levels, vocational courses, or a mixture of both.

A Levels
These are Level 3 academic qualifications. A Levels are courses where the final marks will be awarded with exams (and occasionally coursework) at the end of Year 13.

At EWS, we have chosen for students to do internal exams at the end of Year 12 in order to help everybody understand the level at which the student is working.

You will choose three (or occasionally four) single subjects at the beginning of Year 12.

Vocational courses
These are Level 3 vocational qualifications. They usually contain a mixture of both coursework and examination components.

You can enter university with these qualifications and most universities are very happy to accept them.

They are ideal preparation for practical degree courses, for example: sports science, business management, IT Systems or nursing.

Level 2 Pathway

It is sometimes a good idea to take another year to increase your Level 2 qualifications in order to prepare yourself really well for Level 3 courses, which are the next step.

You are required by law to keep studying English and maths GCSE if you get a 3 or below.

If you look like you are going to achieve less than four GCSEs or equivalent, including English and maths, you should carry on studying at Level 2.  You can study GCSE or BTECs at Level 2.