Putting together a Level 2 Learning Programme: Access

This programme is for students who don’t meet the 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C or 4s or above criteria
and need to improve their GCSE grades. It’s a programme which enables you to re-take GCSEs
or take alternative level 2 qualifications over one year, which are better suited to your learning

There are two alternative Access routes which are:

a) Access to Level 3 to gain extra qualifications in order to qualify
for studying on a Level 3 programme of A levels and BTEC
courses the following year. Students will need at least two
GCSEs at grade C or 4 to qualify for this programme and an
average of D or grade 3 at GCSE overall.

b) Access to Employment to improve qualifications, skills and
confidence to access better employment opportunities.
Students will need at least three GCSEs at grade D or 3 or
above to qualify for this programme.

Key Elements

  • The Access to level 3 route will usually require students to take a learning programme containing 4 or 5 core subjects with a mixture of GCSEs and BTEC qualifications at level 2
  • The Access to Employment route will involve fewer core subjects but include work experience and an employability course as broadening courses
  • All students who have not achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths GCSEs will have to retake these subjects or take courses working towards retaking these subjects
  • Appropriate learning support and careers guidance will be provided

    Here is an example of a typical Access to level 3 programme
  Element 1 Element 2 Element 3 Element 4 Element 5
Courses Sport BTEC First Award GCSE Maths GCSE Leisure and Tourism GCSE Science

Here is an example of a typical Access to Employment programme:

  Element 1  Element 2 Element 3  Element 4 
Courses   GCSE Maths  GCSE English  Employability Skills qualification  Work Experience

Many students who take our Access Level 2 programmes at the College are successful in getting back on track and go on to take either Level 3 qualifications or find meaningful employment.

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