Qualifications and Pathways

There are a wide range of different qualifications and pathways you can take – academic, applied, technical or functional and there’s something for everyone!

Choosing the right pathway for you depends on:

    • What career you want to do
    • Your interests, skills and strengths
    • How you like to learn
    • Your qualifications

Course options

 

Level 

Course 

Description

Entry Level 

Foundation Learning 

An Entry Level study programme will provide you with the essential skills required to enable personal development in preparation for life, learning and employment. They are generally flexible courses that give you the opportunity to try different things.  

You’ll develop employability skills, maths & English and get an opportunity to try lots of different subjects to see what’s best for you, such as: Animal Care, Construction Crafts, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Horticulture and Sport. 

Level 1 

Vocational 

These courses focus on one subject. They develop skills and knowledge for a particular type of job or industry. Quite practical courses but also include some theory. Examples include: Media, Motor Vehicle, Health & Social Care, Business, Childcare, IT, Media etc 

Level 1

Traineeship 

A course with work experience that gets you ready for an apprenticeship or other employment within six months of starting the course 

Level 1

Princes Trust  

This is a 12-week personal development course that gives young people aged 16-24 the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people. There is a Prince’s Trust course delivered in Barnsley in collaboration between South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, South Yorkshire Police and Barnsley College. 

These courses help 16 to 24 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling in education to transform their lives. 

Level 2 

Vocational 

These courses focus on one subject. They develop skills and knowledge for a particular type of job or industry. Quite practical courses but also include some theory. Examples include: Media, Motor Vehicle, Health & Social Care, Business, Childcare, IT, Media etc 

Level 2

Traineeship 

A course with work experience that gets you ready for an apprenticeship or other employment within six months of starting the course 

Level 2

Apprenticeship 

Apprenticeships mean you will work for an employer and receive a wage, whilst gaining qualifications related to the work you do with your employer. Usually 4 days a week are spent working and 1 day is spent studying. There’s a wide range of apprenticeships you can do such as Accounting, Childcare, motor vehicle, IT and business administration. 

Level 2

Princes Trust  

This is a 12-week personal development course that gives young people aged 16-24 the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people. There is a Prince’s Trust course delivered in Barnsley in collaboration between South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, South Yorkshire Police and Barnsley College. 

These courses help 16 to 24 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling in education to transform their lives. 

Level 3 

Vocational 

These courses focus on one subject. They develop skills and knowledge for a particular type of job or industry. Quite practical courses but also include some theory. Examples include: Media, Motor Vehicle, Health & Social Care, Business, Childcare, IT, Media etc 

Level 3

Apprenticeship 

Apprenticeships mean you will work for an employer and receive a wage, whilst gaining qualifications related to the work you do with your employer. Usually 4 days a week are spent working and 1 day is spent studying. There’s a wide range of apprenticeships you can do such as Accounting, Childcare, motor vehicle, IT and business administration. 

Level 3

A-Levels 

Academic courses that are theory-based. You can study 3 or 4 different subjects at the same time. Subjects include: History, Business, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Sports Science, languages amongst many others. 

Level 3

T-Levels 

Vocational type courses, but include at least 45 days of work experience. They help you to gain hands-on experience whilst getting the theory from lessons and workshops. The following subjects will be available from September 2020: Construction, Digital, Education and Childcare  

Whether you have no qualifications or few, there are still things you can do to help you get into education, employment or training.

Educational Levels

Find out more about the educational levels and what hey are equivalent to.

Entry level Equivalent Maths and English required
0 No formal qualifications  
1 GCSE grades D to G (1 to 3)  
2 GCSE grades A* to C (9 to 4)

Many courses will require a GCSE grade 2 or higher in maths and/or English 

3 A level grades A to E

Many courses will require GCSE Grade 3 or higher (or functional skills equivalents) in maths and/or English 

4 Certificate of higher education Many will require GCSE Grade 4 or higher (or functional skills equivalents) in maths and/or English 
5 Diploma of Higher education Many will require GCSE Grade 4 or higher (or functional skills equivalents) in maths and/or English 
6 Degree Many will require GCSE Grade 4 or higher (or functional skills equivalents) in maths and/or English 
7 Masters degree Many will require GCSE Grade 4 or higher (or functional skills equivalents) in maths and/or English 
8 PHD directorate Many will require GCSE Grade 4 or higher (or functional skills equivalents) in maths and/or English 

Colleges

Find out more about your options after school.