The College of West Anglia

Qualifications available at CWA

At CWA there are various routes learners aged can take:

If you are aged under 19…

We have three main routes for learners aged under 19 – vocational study programmes, A-levels and apprenticeships. We also offer higher education degrees as part of our University Centre West Anglia provision for those aged 18 and over.

Vocational Study Programmes

Vocational study programmes are the majority of courses available at CWA. Some people refer to these as ‘BTECs’ or ‘City and Guilds’ or ‘NVQs’ or ‘Diplomas’, but they all mean the same thing – students gain practical skills and qualifications in a specific area, allowing them to be ready for work. Most of our vocational study programmes last for one or two years.

Students can also progress onto university after studying a level 3 vocational study programme – 95% of higher education institutions accept these qualifications as equivalent to A-levels, including Russell Group universities (a group of 24 leading UK universities).

We offer vocational study programmes in many areas – see all of the areas on offer here.

A-levels

A-levels are one of the main routes to higher education and university. Students study three or four different subjects, which allows them to specialise onto one area at university. Find out more about A-levels here.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships offer learners the chance to earn while they learn. Skills and qualifications are gained through a structured programme of practical work and classroom study. Apprentices spend the majority of their time at work and attend college on either a day release or block basis. Find out more about apprenticeships here.

Higher Education Degrees

Higher education courses, such as foundation degrees, higher national diplomas (HND) and degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc), are level 4 and level 5 qualifications. A full BA or BSc lasts for three years, if studied full-time, or six years, if studied part-time, whilst HNDs usually last for one or two years. Find out more about our HE provision with University Centre West Anglia here.

 

If you are aged 19 or older…

Learners aged 19 or older can study many of our vocational study programmes and apprenticeships. However, we also have Access to Higher Education courses that are specifically designed for people aged 19 or older to get the qualifications they need to access a degree. We also offer higher education degrees as part of our University Centre West Anglia provision for those aged 18 and over.

Access to Higher Education Courses

Access to Higher Education courses provide the opportunity for career progression and further study at undergraduate level, including full honours degrees, foundation degrees and Higher National Certificates or Diplomas. Many Access students go on to succeed at university and beyond, with a large number pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives they had previously never thought possible.

They run over the course of a year, from September to June, and are designed for people who would like to study in higher education but left school without the qualifications needed to progress to university. Find out more about our Access to Higher Education courses here.

Vocational Study Programmes

Vocational study programmes are the majority of courses available at CWA. Some people refer to these as ‘BTECs’ or ‘City and Guilds’ or ‘NVQs’ or ‘Diplomas’, but they all mean the same thing – students gain practical skills and qualifications in a specific area, allowing them to be ready for work.

Students can also progress onto university after studying a vocational study programme – 95% of higher education institutions accept students who have studied a level 3 vocational study programme, including Russell Group universities, a group of 24 leading UK universities.

We offer vocational study programmes in many areas – see all of the areas on offer here.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships offer learners the chance to earn while they learn. Skills and qualifications are gained through a structured programme of practical work and classroom study. Apprentices spend the majority of their time at work and attend college on either a day release or block basis. Find out more about apprenticeships here.

Higher Education Degrees

Higher education courses, such as foundation degrees, higher national diplomas (HND) and degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc), are level 4 and level 5 qualifications. A full BA or BSc lasts for three years, if studied full-time, or six years, if studied part-time, whilst HNDs usually last for one or two years. Find out more about our HE provision with University Centre West Anglia here.