Choosing your courses

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When you come to College there are a wide range of courses and subjects that you can choose from, some of which you will have studied at school, as well as some subjects that will be totally new to you. To help you decide which courses to take it may be helpful to talk it over with your family and friends, your teachers, a Careers Advisor, as well as staff and students at QMC. It may help if you try and answer these questions:

  • What interests you?
  • What do you enjoy?
  • What are you good at?
  • Do you prefer examined or coursework based courses?
  • What do you want to do in the future?
  • If you have a particular university course or job in mind, which courses will you need to take to fulfil your ambitions?
  • Are there courses that interest you that you’ve never been able to do before?

Courses Explained

At QMC there are different course levels that you can study, and it is important that you apply for the course level that is right for you. You will receive plenty of guidance about choosing your courses during your interview and we also urge you to talk to teachers and students on our Open Evenings to explore course options that will help you progress to where you want to be.

Level 3 courses

QMC offers a wide range of Level 3 courses for students to choose from. A Levels are examination based at the end of two years of study whereas Diploma Courses are predominantly coursework based, practical and academic courses that involve specialising in a particular subject. Both pathways facilitate progression to university, apprenticeships or employment and it is possible to combine A Level and Diplomas as part of your programme of study.

Progression to Level 3 Programmes

QMC offers full-time, one year courses that are designed to develop the skills necessary for progression to a Level 3 programme. They can be taken in a variety of subjects such as Business, Media, Health and Social Care, Performing Arts and Sport, and can be mixed with relevant enrichment courses, as well as with Maths and English GCSE if necessary. These qualifications develop independence and employability skills.

If you want to study…You will need…

3 A Levels or a mix of A Levels and Diplomas (equivalent to 1 A Level) or

A L3 Extended Diploma course (equivalent to 3 Advanced Level courses)

+ Enrichment courses to meet individual needs and interests. All L3 Extended Diploma courses include work experience

5 or more GCSEs, graded 4/5 or above including English and, ideally, Maths*

Up to 4 Advanced Level courses (to include facilitating subjects)

plus Enrichment courses such as:

  • Science/Maths Olympiad
  • Critical Thinking
  • Extended Project Qualification
At least 6 GCSEs (to include English and Maths), with an grade average of 7










We offer GCSEs in Maths and English and they are available to students who need to pass. GCSEs are 100% examined.

Level 1 and Entry Courses

The Foundation Learning Progression course: This can be a one or two year programme (depending on needs and aspirations) and includes accredited units at level 1 and level 2. These units will be part of the Gateway suite of level 1/level 2 qualifications which allows you to achieve units at different levels.  You will also study English and Maths at an appropriate level and build up a work experience portfolio. 

The Foundation Learning Package: You will study a range of accredited units and will have the opportunity to gain these at different entry levels allowing you to progress in your favourite subjects.  These units will be part of the Gateway suite of entry level qualifications. After this programme you could progress to further Foundation Learning Programmes, the Foundation Learning Progression Course, Supported Internships or employment.



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