Full Time Study

Full Time study are those courses that you study at a school or college.

The types of full time courses you can study can include:

  • A levels 
  • Vocational courses such as
    • BTECs
    • HNDs and 
    • NVQ's


Advanced level qualifications (known as A levels) are subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work. You can normally study three or more A levels over two years. They're usually assessed by a series of examinations.

BTECs which stands for the Business and Technology Education Council are specialist work-related qualifications. They combine practical learning with subject and theory content. Students study to gain skills and knowledge in their subject area, then put those skills into practice in real-life scenarios.

A BTEC at levels 1 and 2 are equivalent to GCSEs. The BTEC level 3 equivalent is A-Level. 

You study a BTEC alongside A-levels, or you can do a standalone BTEC at college or sixth form.

Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are a further education qualification for 14-19-year-olds in England. They aim to provide more options for practical learning, less classroom-based than A-levels, and to encourage more young people to continue studying. They are ideal for those who are aiming to work in a specific and specialist industry, such as Travel and Tourism or Finance. 

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are work-based awards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are achieved through assessment and training. In Scotland they are known as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs).

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