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Course types

At West Notts, our courses range from entry-level to university-level. Deciding what to study can be based on future aspirations (be it university or employment), the level you’re studying at or course length.

Course types explained

  • A Levels
    Level 3
    Course length: 2 years

    A Levels are academic qualifications taken after GCSEs. Each A Level focuses on a specific subject area, students normally take two to five depending on career goals. At West Notts, we offer 16 different A Level subjects.

    A level courses
  • BTEC
    Entry Level - Level 3
    Course length: 1 - 2 years

    Work-related learning aimed at preparing you for further study in a specific industry.

    Level 1 - Level 3
    Course length: 1 - 2 years

    A qualification that measures your knowledge and ability in a specific subject area or job role – suitable for those already in employment.

    View our courses
    Level 1 - Level 3
    Course length: 1 - 2 years

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    CACHE courses
  • Apprenticeships
    Level 2 - Level 5

    Work and study at the same time. You’ll learn practical skills at work and may also go to college on day release. You’ll also earn a weekly wage. Apprenticeships come in three levels (intermediate, advanced and higher), each designed to further develop your skills and knowledge in a specific area.


Levels explained

Use the chart below to find which level you are at and where you could go next.

Course levels explained

Why choose West Notts?

100% A Level pass rate in 2018

Best FE college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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