Applied courses overview
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
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.”