Level 3 Applied Courses Explained

Level 3 Applied courses are two-year courses which combine practical learning with the study of theory. Although each subject is related to a general area of employment, the skills you develop can be transferred to a wide range of careers.

Level 3 Applied courses can be taken as:

  • an Extended Certificate = 1 course

  • a Diploma = 2 courses

  • an Extended Diploma = 3 courses

To create a full study programme you need to choose the equivalent of 3 courses; you can do this by combining Level 3 Applied courses with A Level's. 

Please click here to see a full list of Level 3 Applied courses currently on offer to our students.

Note: We regularly review our entry requirements. Please check our course pages for up-to-date course specific entry requirements. 

Combining A Levels & Level 3 Applied courses

At Long Road we give you the freedom to create your own academic study programme with unique combinations of both A Levels and Level 3 Applied courses.

All Level 3 study programmes consist of a learning aim equalling 3 parts:

  • A Levels equal 1 part.
  • Level 3 Applied courses equal 1, 2 or 3 parts.

You can combine these different elements to create your individual programme:

Select just A Levels...

  • A Levels x 3

... Or just Level 3 Applied courses...

  • Extended Diploma
  • Extended Certificate x 3
  • Diploma + Extended Certificate

... Or a mixture of both

  • A Level + Extended Certificate x 2
  • A Level + Diploma
  • Extended Certificate + A Level x 2

When you make your application we’ll invite you to an interview we can give you advice and guidance on the best combination of subjects to meet your progression aims.


Level 3 Applied courses are assessed with a mixture of exam and non-exam assessment. See each course description for the breakdown. 

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above. Grade 4 or above in relevant GCSE subjects, or, a Merit in the subject applied for if taken as an Applied Level 2 course. 

Courses will have specific entry requirements depending on the nature of the course. For example courses with a lot of extended writing will need higher grades in English GCSE. Please see course pages for details.

Your Future

You can use your Level 3 Applied courses to progress to university, an apprenticeship or employment.