Levels
Explained

Trying to make sense of your grades? Not sure what you can study? Read our handy ‘levels explained’ guide.

Here you can find out what your qualifications mean and what the next level of progression is for you.

Levels explained

Entry Requirements: At Newcastle College, you can typically study a Level 3 subject if you hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a level 3 and a level 4 in English and maths (in either order). The requirements may vary slightly depending on which subject you would like to study. You may also study with a relevant Level 2 qualification. *

What are Level 3 qualifications?

  • AS Level

  • GCE A-Level

  • Access to Higher Education

  • Advanced Apprenticeship

  • International baccalaureate diploma

  • Level 3 award, certificate, diploma

  • Level 3 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Level 3 National Certificate or Level 3 National Diploma

  • Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

At Newcastle College University Centre, we offer Foundation Degrees where you can achieve both a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification over two years.

Entry Requirements:

You can typically study a Foundation Degree if you hold Level 3 qualifications.  At Newcastle College we prefer 48 – 64 UCAS tariff points. UCAS tariff points are calculated by your final grades at Level 3. Use the calculator here to work your points out.

What are Level 4 qualifications?

  • CertHE – Certificate of Higher Education

  • Higher Apprenticeship

  • HNC – Higher National Certificate

  • Level 4 award, certificate or diploma

  • Level 4 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

What are Level 5 qualifications?

  • DipHE – Diploma of Higher Education

  • Foundation Degree

  • Level 5 award, certificate or diploma

  • Level 5 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

Entry Requirements: At Newcastle College, you can typically study a Level 3 subject if you hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a level 3 and a level 4 in English and maths (in either order). The requirements may vary slightly depending on which subject you would like to study. You may also study with a relevant Level 2 qualification. *

What are Level 3 qualifications?

  • AS Level

  • GCE A-Level

  • Access to Higher Education

  • Advanced Apprenticeship

  • International baccalaureate diploma

  • Level 3 award, certificate, diploma

  • Level 3 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Level 3 National Certificate or Level 3 National Diploma

  • Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

Entry Requirements: At Newcastle College, you can typically study a Level 3 subject if you hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a level 3 and a level 4 in English and maths (in either order). The requirements may vary slightly depending on which subject you would like to study. You may also study with a relevant Level 2 qualification. *

What are Level 3 qualifications?

  • AS Level

  • GCE A-Level

  • Access to Higher Education

  • Advanced Apprenticeship

  • International baccalaureate diploma

  • Level 3 award, certificate, diploma

  • Level 3 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Level 3 National Certificate or Level 3 National Diploma

  • Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

Entry Requirements: At Newcastle College, you can typically study a Level 3 subject if you hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a level 3 and a level 4 in English and maths (in either order). The requirements may vary slightly depending on which subject you would like to study. You may also study with a relevant Level 2 qualification. *

What are Level 3 qualifications?

  • AS Level

  • GCE A-Level

  • Access to Higher Education

  • Advanced Apprenticeship

  • International baccalaureate diploma

  • Level 3 award, certificate, diploma

  • Level 3 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Level 3 National Certificate or Level 3 National Diploma

  • Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

Entry Requirements: At Newcastle College, you can typically study a Level 3 subject if you hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a level 3 and a level 4 in English and maths (in either order). The requirements may vary slightly depending on which subject you would like to study. You may also study with a relevant Level 2 qualification. *

What are Level 3 qualifications?

  • AS Level

  • GCE A-Level

  • Access to Higher Education

  • Advanced Apprenticeship

  • International baccalaureate diploma

  • Level 3 award, certificate, diploma

  • Level 3 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Level 3 National Certificate or Level 3 National Diploma

  • Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

Entry Requirements: At Newcastle College, you can typically study a Level 3 subject if you hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a level 3 and a level 4 in English and maths (in either order). The requirements may vary slightly depending on which subject you would like to study. You may also study with a relevant Level 2 qualification. *

What are Level 3 qualifications?

  • AS Level

  • GCE A-Level

  • Access to Higher Education

  • Advanced Apprenticeship

  • International baccalaureate diploma

  • Level 3 award, certificate, diploma

  • Level 3 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Level 3 National Certificate or Level 3 National Diploma

  • Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

Entry Requirements: At Newcastle College, you can typically study a Level 3 subject if you hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a level 3 and a level 4 in English and maths (in either order). The requirements may vary slightly depending on which subject you would like to study. You may also study with a relevant Level 2 qualification. *

What are Level 3 qualifications?

  • AS Level

  • GCE A-Level

  • Access to Higher Education

  • Advanced Apprenticeship

  • International baccalaureate diploma

  • Level 3 award, certificate, diploma

  • Level 3 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Level 3 National Certificate or Level 3 National Diploma

  • Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

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