There are so many courses on offer that it can be difficult to know the right one to choose. This section explains some of the qualifications available and should help you find the right level to suit you. If you are still unsure then our Admissions team will be happy to help you.
Access to Higher Education programmes are designed for people who would like to study in HE but who left school without the usual qualifications, such as A Levels, equipping learners with the necessary study skills required for study in a HE environment. The whole package of units has been designed to ensure that you're thoroughly equipped for studying at university.
Agored Cymru training is organised and delivered in bitesized chunks or units. This makes it easier for people with work, family, volunteering or other commitments. Many of the qualifications on offer at Coleg Gwent will give you credits as you work through your course. You can build up enough credits to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
These are recognised entry qualifications for university courses. An A Level includes AS and A2 units. In your first year you can usually choose to study up to five subjects at AS Level. At the end of your first year you take an AS Level exam and gain a recognised qualification. You can continue for a second year and achieve the full A Level.
These are vocational qualifications available in a wide range of subjects. They have been designed in collaboration with industry, so they equip you with the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. The qualifications offer a mix of theory and practice, and usually include an element of work experience. They are available at levels 1, 2 and 3. They are also an excellent route into university.
City & Guilds qualifications are valued by employers because they are developed with industry. They are recognised by employers and can help you gain employment or entry onto Higher Education courses.
Foundation Degrees combine academic study with workplace/work related learning and are broadly equivalent to the first two years of a Bachelors Degree. They are designed with a particular area of work in mind, with the help of employers from that sector. Typically, you’ll get the chance to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom. Once you’ve achieved a Foundation Degree, it’s possible to ‘top up’ your qualification to an Honours Degree. This usually involves an extra year studying full time (or the part time equivalent).
These are work-related courses and are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas. While Bachelors Degrees tend to focus on gaining knowledge, HNCs and HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular vocation.
You can study NVQs at work, college, or as part of an Apprenticeship. You learn practical, work-related tasks designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to do a job effectively. A qualified assessor will observe you and assess you on the actual work you carry out in the workplace. They will test your knowledge and understanding as well as your performance.
The qualification consists of four core subjects, Key Skills, Wales, Europe & the World, Work-related Education and Personal & Social Education. You can study for a Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma at Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced level alongside your other chosen course. The Welsh Baccalaureate also attracts UCAS points to help entry to university.