Applied General Qualifications
What are Applied General Qualifications?
Level 3 Applied General
Qualifications e.g BTECs, are equivalent to A levels. They
are for students 16 - 19 who want to continue their education through applying their learning to a general job area e.g. Law, Creative and Media, and Business.
Applied General Qualifications allow entry to a range of higher education courses, either by meeting the entry requirements in their own right or being accepted alongside other qualifications at Level 3 such as A levels.
Many Applied General Qualifications are endorsed by employers and professional or trade bodies.
Who are they for?
Applied General Qualifications are for students 16 - 19 years olds wishing to undertake a broad study of a specific vocational area.
What Applied General Qualifications are available?
Applied General Qualifications include BTECs and OCR Cambridge Technicals.
Applied General Qualifications are available in a variety of vocational areas:
- Agriculture, Horticulture, Environmental Conservation & Animal Care
- Performing Arts, Art and Design, Crafts, Media & Publishing
- Finance, Enterprise, Business & Law
- Health & Social Care and Child Development & Wellbeing
- Construction, Planning & the Built Environment
- Engineering, Manufacturing Technologies & Transport Operations
- Information & Communication Technology
- Leisure, Sport, Travel & Tourism
- Retail, Hospitality & Commercial Enterprise
- Science & Mathematics
- Sociology & Social Policy
Future for Applied General Qualifications?
These qualifications are currently under government review, and it is likely that many subjects will not be funded in the future once T levels are up and running.
Applied General Qualifications as a route to university
When you look at the entry requirements for a particular university course this can be shown in terms of the grades needed and/or the UCAS tariff points required. Applied General Qualifications earn points for university just like A Levels.
You can find out what UCAS tariff points you will get for different qualifications.
If you have a degree subject in mind, you can check out the entry requirements required for different universities.
If you are interested in a higher education course next or in the future, check out the Careerpilot section HE at 18 or later.