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Find the right course for you and your qualifications.

We all learn in different ways, so choose the path that’s going to get you to where you want to go. Whichever path you choose, we’ll help you continue improving your maths and English skills and qualifications*, and help you to access work experience. So you’ll be more than ready to succeed in the workplace.



Want to progress to university or a higher apprenticeship?

Our two-year A Level or A+ Programmes are great options. Most students study three subjects. But if you have a track record of high academic achievement, you might decide to study four subjects, or take an Extended Project Qualification as your fourth subject.

You must be comfortable studying for, and taking, external exams because that’s how most A Level subjects are assessed at the end of the two years.

An A+ Programme lets you combine A Level subjects with a BTEC Extended Certificate for a better balance of exams and coursework.

This is you:

• I am good at exams

• I like theories, ideas and facts

• I want to study three subjects in depth

• I intend to go on to university or get a higher apprenticeship

• I’m happy doing independent study and research outside the classroom

You’ll need:

• A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices. Some subjects have additional entry requirements.

Your Study Programme:

• Usually three subjects over two years

• Relevant work experience

• Tutorial sessions

• Enrichment opportunities

• Independent study and regular homework

• Internal progression exams and key assessments throughout the course and external final exams in year 2

Find yourself reaching higher on our Honours Programme

Step up to a top university or move into a competitive programme like Medicine or Law with our Honours Programme. Perfect for ambitious and high-achieving students.

At Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG), all students are encouraged to realise their ambitions and achieve or exceed their target grades through excellent teaching, the development of independent learning skills and outstanding pastoral and academic support.




Up your credentials with one of our challenging vocational courses. A two-year BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. The focus is on coursework, with a balance of hands-on practical experience and some external assessments - a great choice if you know the kind of area you want to work in. And they are also widely-recognised qualifications to get you into university, apprenticeships or employment.

This is you:

• I’m organised and good with deadlines

• I like working on a few assignments at the same time

• I want to study things that relate to my chosen career

• I want to go on to university, get an apprenticeship or get a job

You’ll need:

• A minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study, including

maths and/or English Language

• Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and/or English Language at GCSE grade 4 or above

Your Study Programme:

• Your chosen subject over two years

• Relevant work experience

• Tutorial sessions

• Enrichment opportunities

• Independent study

• Internal and external assessments during year 1 and year 2

• Maths and English*



Do you want to do specialist vocational training in an area like Hairdressing & Beauty or Construction? Or maybe you’re not quite ready to jump into a Level 3 programme? Our one-year full-time Progression or Skills Pathways will help you progress to further study or the world of work.

This is you:

• I like applied learning, but I want to build my skills, knowledge and confidence first

• Then I’d like to study a higher-level vocational or skills programme, get an apprenticeship or get a job

You’ll need:

Our Progression and Skills Pathways have three different levels:

• Level 2 – four GCSEs at grade 3 or above

• Level 1 (Foundation) – two GCSEs at grade 2 or below

• Entry Level (Foundation) – no formal qualifications needed

Your Study Programme:

• Your chosen subject over one year

• Maths and English*

• Relevant work experience

• Tutorial sessions

• Enrichment opportunities



Apprenticeships are great if you want to jump straight into the world of work, earn a wage and pick up technical and practical skills whilst you study for a nationally-recognised qualification. Our team from The Apprenticeship Hub are here to help, so you can chat through your options and find the right apprenticeship for you.

This is you:

• I know what job I want and I’d like to start now

• I want to experience student life and work life

• I want to get the right qualifications for my job

• I want to start earning money

• I want to study to kick-start my career or get into university

You’ll need:

• Two or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above in subjects that are relevant to your course.

You should be looking for a job, already have one or ask for help finding one through The Apprenticeship Hub.

Your Study Programme:

• 20% study time - off the job at college or in the workplace

• An apprenticeship (Intermediate Level 2 or Advanced Level 3)

• Maths and English*

* If you haven’t yet achieved grades 9-4 in these important subjects, you'll continue with timetabled maths and/or English sessions and retake appropriate qualifications alongside your main course.