4 Courses and Qualifications Level321General mostly examinationsA/AS-levelIBGCSE A*-CGCSE D-GVocational (applied general) mostly courseworkBTEC/OCR (Cambridge Technicals) Level 3BTEC/OCR (Cambridge Technicals) Level 2BTEC/OCR Level 1Vocational (technical)coursework based(NVQ)/C&G L3Advanced Apprenticeship(NVQ)/C&G L2Intermediate Apprenticeship(NVQ)/C&G L1Traineeship and Pre-employment schemesIt is possible to study a combined some Level 3 and 2 general and vocational route at some institutions, you can also combine a level 2 eg maths/English and BTEC sport
5 Maths and English for Full Time Students Students who achieve a grade D in English and/or maths will need to retakeStudents who achieve a grade E to G in English and/or maths will need to take a stepping stone qualification such as functional skills en-route to a GCSE in these subjects.
6 96% of CAP students who go on to post-16 study attend one of their local CAP centres Cambridge Area Partnership post 16 centresLocal Non CAP post 16 centresCambridge Regional CollegeCollege of West Anglia (Cambridge)Comberton Sixth FormCottenham Sixth FormEly Sixth FormHills Road Sixth Form CollegeImpington Sixth FormLong Road Sixth Form CollegeNetherhall Sixth FormParkside SixthUniversity Technical College CambridgeAdd your local non CAP post 16 centres as appropriate.
7 a general guide to entry requirements A-level / IB coursesYou will require a range of GCSEs including Maths and English.Some subjects need specific subjects and grades.Level 3 Vocational (applied general) CoursesMinimum of 4 GCSEs at C or above (or vocational equivalents) usually including Maths and/or EnglishSome require more than 4 GCSEs or specific subjectsSome require merit or distinction in the relevant level 2 course plus C or above in English / MathsVocational (technical) CoursesYou start most courses at Level 1, progressing to Level 2 and Level 3 as your skills developSome courses need specific subjectsTo confirm entry requirements and specific subject requirements please contact post 16 centres you are considering.
8 Entry programmes can lead to employment or level 1: Entry Level certificatesSkills for lifeFoundation learning programmePre-employment programme (supported internships)Level 1 programmes can lead on to employment or level 2:Level 1 VocationalFoundation learning programmePre-employment programmeTraineeshipLevel 2 programmes can lead on to employment or level 3:GCSE retakesLevel 2 VocationalIntermediate ApprenticeshipsSpecific Vocational
9 typical minimum a-level profiles in 2014 5 GCSEs at B or above including Maths and English, Minimum of a B grade in subjects to be studied at A-LevelCombertonTo be invited to an informal guidance interview about your course, you will need an estimated profile of an average of grade B or above across your Key Stage 4 qualifications. This average will be based on your best eight subjects, including Maths and English Language. You do not specifically need an estimated grade B in Maths or English Language unless this is an entrance requirement for one of your AS level courses.Hills Road5 GCSEs at C or above including Maths and English Language, ideally with B grade in subjects intend to take at AS.ImpingtonAt least 7 GCSEs at grade C or above in a range of subjects including Maths and English.Long RoadStudents are expected to have 7 GCSE grades of C or above in an appropriate range of subjects, usually including Mathematics and English Language.NetherhallAll post 16 institutions accept the equivalence of vocational qualifications, there is separate guidance on this on the CAP website.Please refer to post-16 centres for current entry criteria, specific subject requirements and how subject combination and putting a centre first when applying may affect your chances of success.Some subjects such as Maths and Sciences require higher grades.
10 typical minimum ib profiles in 2014 At least 3 B-grades (or the equivalent), in the appropriate subjects for the entry to your Higher Level course and at least 3 C-grades (or the equivalent ) in the appropriate subjects for the entry to your Standard Level.ImpingtonAt least 5 GCSEs, or equivalent, at Grade C or above, including English and Maths. B or above for all Higher Level subjects.ParksideAll post 16 institutions accept the equivalence of vocational qualifications, there is separate guidance on this on the CAP website.Please refer to post-16 centres for current entry criteria, specific subject requirements and how subject combination and putting a centre first when applying may affect your chances of success.
11 Where can I study a vocational course Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Business, IT, Construction, Media, Music, Performing arts, Art & Design, Public Services, Science, Care, Health, Sport, Travel & Tourism, Child Care, Hospitality, Beauty Science, Media make-up, Hair, and Catering, and Preparation for workCambridge Regional CollegeSport, Public Services, Health & Social Care, Child Care, Business, Accounting, Hospitality & Catering, Hairdressing, Construction, ScienceElySport, Business, and ScienceCombertonArt & Design, Graphics, Photography, Business, Electronic Engineering, ICT, Performing Arts, Media, Sport, Health & Social Care, Science (physics and forensics), and CriminologyLong RoadPerforming Arts, Health & Social Care, Business and SportParksideAnimal/Equine Management (care), Veterinary nursing, AgricultureCollege of West Anglia (Cambridge)ScienceUTC CambridgePlease refer to post 16 centres for current entry criteria, and the effect of putting an institution first when applying.
12 Other things to consider Travel to your post 16 centreCostsFind out more (UCAS progress)School Contact16+ eveningPost 16 open days / evenings
13 Finding a job with training or voluntary work with training School contactAsk your schoolLook online:Company sitesJob Centre PlusYouthoriaNational Apprenticeship Service (apprenticeships and traineeships)Social networking sitesPrivate employment agenciesFamily and FriendsNational and local newspapersApproach employers directly
14 How to apply for: School or College course Apprenticeship Use the online application process for centres in CAP.For centres outside the CAP, approach the centre directly.ApprenticeshipSearch and apply for Apprenticeships online usingContact colleges and training providers that offer apprenticeships.You can apply for some apprenticeships programmes using the CAP application process.Approach employers to see if they offer or would be willing to offer an Apprenticeship.Use all four of these to improve your chances.