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Secondary Education (School)



Pre-entry level (School)

  • GCSE and/or BTEC Study

No or low level GCSEs


Entry level
  • Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

At least 2 GCSES at grade 2-1/ E-F


Level 1
  • Level 1 Awards/Certificates/Diplomas
  • Introductory Diplomas
  • NVQ  Level 1
  • Traineeships
  • ESOL

At least 2 GCSEs at grade 9-3 / A-D

Level 2 - these are an ideal route into a career or higher-level study
  • GCSEs
  • Level 2 Certificates/Diplomas
  • Level 2 Apprenticeships
  • NVQ Level 2

5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 / A-C

Level 3 - preparation for a career or progression to degree level (HE)
  • A Levels
  • Level 3 Certificates/Diplomas
  • NVQ Level 3 
  • Level 3 Access to HE
  • Level 3 Apprenticeships
  • A Levels
  • NVQ Level 3
  • Level 3 Diploma
  • Access to HE course

Level 4-7 - study degree-level courses at our University Centre

  • Higher National Certificates / Higher National Diplomas
  • Foundation Degrees
  • Degrees
  • Higher Apprenticeships

If you're a full-time student at Bradford College and you progress onto a Higher Education course at our University Centre, you could get a £500 loyalty bursary.

  • A degree


Level 7-8 study Advanced Level

  • Postgraduate
  • Masters


Whatever your level or area of study, our aim is to help you achieve your full potential. Don’t worry if you don’t meet the exact entry requirements. We’ll consider your personal circumstances and find the study programme that’s right for you.

English and/or maths will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade 4/C or above in these subjects when you start your course.

View a PDF of the career progression document.