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Level 3 Vocational & A Level Courses

Two students with plastacineLevel 3 Study Programmes are two years in length and you must select a core of three (units) subjects.

The core of your Study Programme can consist of:

  • 3 A Level qualifications
  • A mixture of 3 A Level or Vocational (Extended Certificate) qualifications
  • A singular Vocational (Extended Diploma) qualification – this qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels or Extended Certificates; it will occupy a similar portion of your timetable and have a similar UCAS tariff points value

All combinations of Level 3 qualifications are equally valued by employers and universities but depending on your chosen career path and preferred method of study one combination may be a more suitable choice.

If you are unsure about what you want to study then don’t panic, you will have many opportunities to discuss your Study Programme and can find out more by speaking to our staff, joining us for our Open Events or watching our preparation film.

For more information on the application process visit Apply Here.

Alongside the core components of your Study Programme you can take part in Enrichment activities or smaller qualifications.

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A Levels follow a traditional method of study similar to GCSEs. We are one of the best Sixth Form Colleges in England, proven by our consistent rankings in the top ten for A Level performance.

The linear A Levels we offer are designed to be demanding with great subject depth. This depth of study will enable students to have an improved understanding of the subject and be more skilled and better prepared for university and employment.

A Levels open doors to Higher Education. They are recognised by all universities in the UK as valid for entry onto academic degree courses. You will be awarded a grade at the end of the course which will equate to UCAS tariff points for entry into Universities. Alternatively, if you wish to go straight into work or an Apprenticeship, A Levels will give you a solid knowledge and skill set welcomed by employers.

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Our Level 3 Vocational courses are qualifications that provide an alternative method to A Levels and aim to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge needed for future study or careers.

Vocational courses are a flexible, practical approach to study which are assessed through a series of assignments rather than extensive external examinations. Please note Vocational courses do still include an externally examined unit.

Teachers can create assignments that assess students in a variety of ways. These could be written or activity based and give students the chance to demonstrate their learning in a real life context. For some courses students can apply their knowledge and skills through work experience.

Which type of Vocational course is right for you?

You can study a Vocational qualification in two ways:

1. Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level): Extended Certificate qualifications can be studied alongside two A Levels or another Extended Certificate and an A Level.


2. Extended Diploma: an Extended Diploma is a full-time, two year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. It will occupy the same amount of your timetable as 3 A Levels would and equate to a similar UCAS tariff value upon completion. These are great qualifications if you are certain of the future career field you wish to work in.

Progress with a Level 3 Vocational Qualification

Vocational courses open doors to Higher Education. They are recognised by all universities in the UK as valid for entry onto academic degree courses. Vocational courses are graded from Distinction* to Pass and carry equivalent UCAS tariff points to A Levels. Alternatively, if you wish to go straight into work or an Apprenticeship, Vocational courses will give you a solid foundation of work skills needed within your chosen sector and are welcomed by employers.

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Huish 30

We would like to introduce you to the Huish 30, a recipe for success at College.

You core Study Programme will consist of 15 hours of lessons spread across Monday – Friday (3 lessons a week per subject (2 hs or 1.5 hrs in duration). You will be registered at the start of each lesson and the rest of your time is free for you to organise. Huish 30 poster detailing 2 hours for enrichment 13 hours in lessons and 15 hours independent study

Using your time productively is an important life skill that will benefit you far beyond your time at Huish. We advise all students to follow the Huish 30 guide. It is highly recommended you participate in 13 hours further study outside of the classroom. 

There are many ways we can support you become an independent learner. You will find fully equipped study spaces around the College including the Learning Centre where our helpful staff are always on hand to answer your queries. We also offer plenty of Student Support if you would like additional guidance.

It’s very important you make time for your wellbeing and there are plenty of new opportunities to develop yourself and just have fun at Huish! Make the most of your time here and get involved with an Enrichment activity or other personal interest for 2 hours each week. Alongside your core Study Programme you can also opt to study an additional qualification. If you have any queries about what you can add to your Study Programme we would be happy to provide some guidance following your application.

The Form Tutors are always there to help if needed and the Tutor sessions are a good opportunity to get on with some silent study. I play for the Netball team and it has helped me make many friends as well as creating many opportunities for me – such as playing against some of the best Netball colleges in the country. The independence that we get at College is also something that I love and the town centre is in a convenient place. Once I leave Richard Huish I would like to study Law at University and the College have been very supportive and helpful in assessing options and planning efficiently for the application process.

Emily Evans, Huish student

If you are thinking of studying at Huish, watch the film below for guidance about selecting your course or Apprenticeship and your next steps.


For a Level 3 Study Programme you need to achieve five GCSEs at C/4 grade or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature. For some courses there may be additional requirements (please refer to the individual course page for details).

If you have concerns about achieving the grades then aim high and do apply for the course you want to do. We will offer you guidance following your application to help you reach the destination you are working towards.