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Level 3 Vocational Courses

These are vocational qualifications which prepare students for direct entry to employment or for progression to higher education.

Level 3 vocational courses

In all Level 3 vocational courses you will complete a number of units. Most units are assessed and graded through assignments based on work related situations or activities with opportunities for teamwork and independent study. You will develop a range of skills that are much sought after by employers and higher education such as skills in study, research, team building, IT and organisation. You will submit your work for each unit throughout the course. Some vocational subjects also offer work experience which is not only a great experience for students but is also valued by employers and higher education establishments.

What do I need to study a Level 3 vocational course?

These Level 3 vocational courses are the natural progression route from a Level 2 vocational course at school.

You will have at least four grade Cs from your GCSEs or will have completed a full Level 2 course linking to the Level 3 course of your choice.

If you have not gained at least a grade C/4 in GCSE English and Maths (vital for employment and higher education) you will resit the required exam(s) alongside your vocational qualification. If you are qualified for an A-level programme, you may also take a Level 3 Subsidiary course alongside your
A-level courses.

Palmer’s is a specialist Sixth Form College and we are able to offer a very wide range of course combinations and this range of opportunities can sometimes be confusing. You will, however, receive advice at your interview to make sure that we find exactly the right combination of courses for you.

There are two types of Level 3 qualifications. Each type depends on the number of units to be completed.

The first year of the Extended Diploma is the 90-credit Certificate which must be passed before progressing onto the second year.

Subsidiary Level 3

Entry criteria

If you are sure that you enjoy a subject but are not sure that it is central to your career aim, then a Subsidiary Diploma could be the right direction for you.

Subsidiary Diplomas are a two year, 100% continuous assessment vocational qualification, but unlike the Extended Diploma, they are only taught for 4.5 hours a week. This means that the Subsidiary Diploma can be taken alongside a range of other courses.

Students can opt to take a Subsidiary Diploma alongside other courses. For example, a student could study:
  • One A-level and two Subsidiary Diplomas
  • Two A-levels and one Subsidiary Diploma
A Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A-Level.

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