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Your Teenager's Next Step

Worried about your teenager’s next step?

Confused TeenagersIf your teenager has received their mock results and you’re worried they might not achieve the grades required to study A Levels or a Level 3 programme - don't panic! 

Further Education colleges typically offer qualifications at Levels 1 to 3, and some also offer qualifications at Entry Level (the stage before GCSEs). The level your teenager will begin to study at depends on their GCSE grades and experience. If you think your teenager won’t achieve five GCSEs at grade 4 or above by the time they leave school, the table below will give you an idea of the level and type of qualifications available to them…

It's also important to remember that if your teenager does not achieve grade 4 or above in Maths and English by the time they finish school, they must continue to study these subjects until they do.

Will they achieve...?

They could study...

They could move on to...

No formal entry requirements after leaving school?

Entry Level qualification with Maths and/or English Functional Skills or GCSE.

Other Entry Level or Level 1 qualifications, or employment.

A range of GCSEs at grades 1-3, or equivalent?

Level 1 qualification with Maths and/or English Functional Skills or GCSEs.

Level 2 qualification, an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship or employment.

Two to four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including Maths and English, or equivalent?

Level 2 qualification or Intermediate Level Apprenticeship with Maths and/or English Functional Skills or GCSEs.

A Levels, a Level 3 qualification, an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, or employment.

A minimum of four/five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English, or equivalent?

Level 3 qualification, A Levels or an Apprenticeship.

HNC/D, a Foundation Degree, a professional qualification at college or university, or employment.

Please note: this is a guide only as some qualifications may require specific entry criteria.


At Guildford College we offer...

As well as our Level 3 programmes, we also offer a wide range of Level 1 and 2 programmes for school leavers. Please see below for a list of the programmes we offer -

Level 1 programmes 

  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Construction Skills
  • Creative Arts & Media
  • Electrical Installation
  • Health & Social Care
  • Information Technology
  • Plumbing

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

  • Business Administration
  • Carpentry & Bench Joinery
  • Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Customer Services
  • Plumbing
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning

Level 2 programmes 

  • Art
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Business
  • Carpentry
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Creative Media
  • Electrical Installation
  • Engineering
  • Gaming
  • Hair & Media Make-up
  • Hairdressing
  • Health & Social Care
  • IT
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Plumbing
  • Travel & Tourism


For more information about our courses or to apply online, please visit our Subject Area pages...

Alternatively our impartial Careers, Advice and Guidance Team can support your teenager to make the best decision! Call them today on Tel: 0800 612 6008 or click here to ask us a question.


01483 44 85 00

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