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Applied courses overview

The Level 3 Applied programme provides students with well-established and successful courses leading to further study or employment.

Level 3 Diplomas give students practical, industry-related experience and may lead to further studies at university or into a related apprenticeship or employment with training. We offer Diploma courses that are equivalent to one A Level, equivalent to two A levels or equivalent to three A levels.

Changes to Applied courses

Major changes have taken place nationally in education, designed to raise standards. This means that the GCSE, A level and Applied courses we offer have undergone reforms.

New Mathematics and English GCSEs

Mathematics and English GCSEs have been reformed and have a new numerical grading system. For Long Road entry requirements, we use the following scale:

Grade 8/9 = old A* at GCSE

Grade 7 = old A at GCSE

Grade 6 = old B at GCSE

Grade 5 = old high C at GCSE

Grade 4 = old C at GCSE

Grade 3 = old D at GCSE

Entry requirements

The change to GCSE Mathematics and English means that our entry requirements for Level 3 Applied courses are now as follows:

At least 5 Grades 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including in GCSE English.

A Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in a related area (6-credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students with a distinction grade in a related area (6-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.


A percentage of each course is externally assessed, although methods of assessment vary. The standard information on our website for 2018 entry is:

“A combination of internally assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.”