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Qualification types

When you are choosing a course, it is important to find the right level for you. 

 

 

Westminster Adult Education Service offer a wide range of qualifications that are accredited by a number of awarding bodies including Edexcel, OCR, AQA and many other specialist examining boards.

Our qualifications are designed to enable adults to study on a part-time basis, working towards awards in a way that fits in with employment and family commitments. Course content is organised into smaller amounts of learning, called units. This enables learners to work at their own pace and gain credit for achievements that are recognised by outside bodies and employers.

The table below shows the qualifications levels of the courses WAES offers along with examples of those courses and an indication of entry requirements. Speak to an adviser for more information by calling our hotline.

 

Level Course Example Description Entry requirements

Entry (non accredited)

Level 1 (non accredited)

Ceramics, Cookery, Glass, IT, Jewellery, Foreign languages, 
Visual Art

Courses focus on a particular subject or area. Entry requirements will differ slightly because entry level courses don’t always lead to recognised qualifications. They are suitable for those interested in learning new skills or subjects and aim to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities to give people the step up onto Level 1 courses.

No formal entry requirements, other than a willingness to learn and a commitment to attend and be on time for all  classes.
Foundation Learning (Entry and Level 1) Bookkeeping and accounts, computerised accounts, business and office practice, graphic design,
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), floral design
Foundation Learning is for those with few or no qualifications. Courses combine English and/or Maths, and a vocational qualification which will develop your basic knowledge, understanding and skills. This will help to build confidence and prepare you for further learning, work and independent living. Progression will be on to qualifications at Levels 2 and 3, or could lead to
employment.
You will have an initial assessment and be interviewed in order for us to ensure that you are at the right level and on the right course.
Level 2 BTEC in art and design (ceramics/jewellery/glass), Certificate in business administration, Diploma/certificate in health & social care, Diploma in
production arts (make up).
Level 2 courses prepare you for work or higher levels of study in your chosen field. Most employers use this level as their minimum entry requirement. Progression will be on to qualifications at level 3 or could lead to employment. Level 1 qualification in your chosen field and/or 4 GCSEs at grade D-G. Level 1 in English is desirable. You will have an initial assessment and be interviewed in order for us to ensure that
you are at the right level and on the right course.
Level 3 Certificate in bookkeeping and accounts, Certificate in computerised accounts, Certificate in supporting teaching & learning in schools, Diploma in the children’s & young people’s workforce. Level 3 courses prepare you for university or a licence to practise in certain regulated sectors of employment. 4 GCSEs at grade A* to C or above. It is desirable to have a level 2 qualification in English. You will have an initial assessment and be interviewed in order for us to ensure that you are at the right level and on the right course.
Level 4/5 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Additional Diploma in Teaching Maths, Additional Diploma in Teaching English. These level 4/5 courses offer a progression route within the post 16 teaching sector.
• To be in a teaching role already
• A nationally recognised teaching qualification at level 3 or 4
• Take part in an interview

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