Other Qualifications at 16

Other qualifications at 16

In addition to A Levels, a variety of other qualifications are available and include the following.

BTEC Level 2 Diploma

This is a one year vocational course equivalent to four GCSEs A*- C. If necessary, you may be able to re-sit GCSE English, maths or science if you achieve grade D or below at school.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

This is a two year vocational course equivalent to one A Level and would be taken alongside other qualifications as part of a full college or sixth-form study programme. You need to have achieved five GCSEs at A* – C including English, maths and sometimes science.

BTEC Diploma

This is a two year vocational course which is equivalent to two A Levels, giving you the opportunity to take another course alongside it. You need to have achieved five GCSEs at A* – C, including English, maths and sometimes science.

BTEC Extended Diploma

This is a two year vocational course which is equivalent to three A Levels. You will need to have achieved five GCSEs at A* – C, including English, maths and sometimes science.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

This programme enables you to study a wider range of subjects, including English, maths, science, languages, humanities and visual arts. As part of the course, you are required to complete additional activities including an extended essay and involvement in community projects. You need to have at least five GCSEs A* – C as a minimum entry requirement. If you are considering this, you should explore this option with colleges and universities to ensure it is appropriate for your higher education ideas.

BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (pre-degree)

This is offered to students who have achieved A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications and are looking to apply to a university to study an Art and Design degree.

Case Study A - Bury College

Student A attended Siddal Moor from 2009 – 2014 and her career choice was to pursue a career as a Sports Therapist. For her to achieve her career goals she is attending Bury College to complete a BTEC Sport Level 3 Diploma and also doing a work experience placement at Bury Football Club which involves her carrying out sports massage. She has recently been offered a full time position with Rochdale AFC as a Sports Therapist.


Case Study B - Myerscough College

Student B attended Siddal Moor from 2006 – 2011. Her interest in equine studies lead her on to complete a BHS teaching qualification at Myerscough College. She also spent time in Canada gaining experience within the equestrian world. After returning to the UK she qualified as a fitness instructor.

Making Your College Choices

  • 1.Education and training are vital to your future success. You need knowledge, skills and qualifications if you want to get on in life.
  • 2.Research the courses which are of interest to you.Check entrance requirements for the courses and also the career paths the course could lead you to.
  • 3.Whatever you have achieved in school, there is a post-16 option to suit you. Continuing your education or training at a college, with a training provider or in the workplace could be the right path for you. There are many different courses and providers available.
  • 4.You need good careers information and advice to choose well. Make the most of the help on offer – in careers lessons, from your family and friends, subject teachers and careers advisers.

Where are they now?

Follow the stories of some Siddal Moor students from past cohorts.

Find out what choices they made for their future learning and career paths and what they have achieved.

Read more



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