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Which course is right for me?

We offer a range of different adult courses, from GCSEs to degrees, Access to HE qualifications to hobby courses.

You’ll see different levels referred to in many of our courses. The level you need depends on your prior qualifications and experience:

Entry Level courses don’t need any prior qualifications, they include Entry Level awards, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses and Entry Level functional skills courses.

Level 1 courses can include GCSEs at grade 3,2, or 1 (D, E, F or G), or Level 1 certificates.

Level 2 courses are GCSEs at grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 (A*, A, B, C), Level 2 vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, or Pre-Access courses. O Levels at grade A, B or C are also Level 2 qualifications.

Level 3 qualifications include A Levels, T Levels, Level 3 vocational qualifications, Access to HE Diplomas or advanced apprenticeships.

Level 4 courses are Higher Education courses and could be higher apprenticeships or Higher National Certificates (HNC). You would be eligible to graduate after successfully completing a Level 4 qualification or above.

Level 5 qualifications are Higher National Diplomas (HND), Foundation Degrees or Level 5 awards, certificates or diplomas.

Level 6 courses could be degree apprenticeships, degrees with honours (e.g. BA Hons or BSC Hons) or graduate certificates and diplomas.

Level 7 is Master’s level (e.g. MA, MEng or MSc), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a Level 7 award, certificate or diploma.

Level 8 is doctorate level (e.g. PhD).

Some of our courses have no level, such as our Ceramics or Silversmithing courses, as these are more about learning a skill.

If you need help deciding which course is right for you, please get in touch with our friendly Information Team who will be happy to advise you. Cal us on 01226 216123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

If you want to join us, but can’t commit to studying on campus, we offer a range of courses that can be studied online and at your own pace. Take a look at the full list of courses that are available to study in the comfort of your own home.

Ready to choose your course? Check out A-Z of courses, browse by Department or take a look at our part-time courses now!

Last updated: 7th October 2022

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