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Qualifications

St Helena Qualifications Framework

This section gives you information about what our accredited qualifications mean and how to make sense of what may be right for you. Not all of our courses carry accredited qualifications, but those that do have the National Qualifications Framework levels clearly noted.

To help you make sense of this, some of the qualifications we offer are listed in the table below. At any level, you may be able to access academic, vocational or occupational qualifications.

Making Sense of Qualification Levels

What our qualifications mean

Function Skills

These are additional qualifications that are really important to employers and universities.They include communication, application of number and computer qualifications which you study alongside your course.

Entry level courses (entry 1, entry 2 and entry 3)

These courses are designed to give people with no prior educational qualifications the basic maths, English and IT skills needed to progress onto higher level courses.

English, Maths and IT

These are very important to employers and universities and help develop the quality of your work. You can study separate qualifications in English, maths and IT. In tutorials and subject classes you will build up a portfolio of work and complete key skills assignments.

Level 1

These courses are equivalent to GCSEs at grade D-G.

Level 2

These courses are  equivalent to GCSEs at grade A-C.

GCSEs

GCSEs, especially in English and mathemetics, are basic academic qualifications that are valued by employers and often required for progression to further study. GCSEs may be awarded at Level 1 or Level 2, depending on the grade achieved.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

NVQs award you for your competence for a particular job. They are internationally recognised work-related qualifications which are available to anyone at any age or stage of their career. Flexible and accessible NVQs can be tailored to your particular role allowing you to gain recognition for your existing skills while giving you the opportunity to gain a broader range of expertise. How well you do the job is what counts, more than general  academic ability.

Cambridge Nationals

Cambridge Nationals combine theory with practical study and are similar in size and level to GCSEs. Fully accredited Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications, they provide an excellent start for vocational study and enable progression to Level 3 vocational qualifications.

Access Diploma

Cambridge Nationals combine theory with practical study and are similar in size and level to GCSEs. Fully accredited Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications, they provide an excellent start for vocational study and enable progression to Level 3 vocational qualifications.

A Levels

A Levels are split into two parts: AS and A2 Level. AS Level is the first part of the course where you’ll get an introduction to the key ideas and methods of the subject you’ve chosen. You may then go on to complete the full A Level qualification.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Equivalent to three A Levels, these one-year courses prepare you for a Higher Education course.

HNC / HND

HNCs (Higher National Certificates) and HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) are work-related (vocational) Higher Education qualifications. They are designed to give you the skills to put the knowledge you learn to effective use in a particular supervisory/managerial job.

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)

Widely-recognised qualification, equivalent to the first third of an honours degree. The CertHE shows that you can study successfully at university level and allows progression on to a full honours degree.

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)

Widely-recognised qualification, equivalent to the first two-thirds of an honours degree. The DipHE can enhance your professional and technical skills or extend your knowledge and understanding of a subject and allows progression on to a full honours degree.

Honours Degree (BA, BSc)

Also known as a first, undergraduate or bachelors degree, this qualification is internationally respected and universally understood. An honours degree is an essential requirement for many high-level jobs. It allows you to gain a thorough understanding of your subject – and the tools to investigate, think critically, form reasoned arguments, solve problems and communicate effectively in new contexts.

University Certificate/Diploma

These qualifications can vary in size and level, depending on the university and subject. They usually focus on a particular profession or subject area. You may choose this route because of your own interests or for career development,but they may also allow progression to further study.

Professional qualifications

We offer a number of qualifications which are well recognised by different professions. Contact us for more details.

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