Learning Pathways

We offer a number of pathways for you to follow to help you achieve your aims and be successful as you possibly can be at college. 

The student recruitment team will discuss these with you in more detail at your personal interview and again at enrolment. They will suggest combinations of subjects for each pathway which will help you succeed and enable you to move towards your longer term goals.

We offer five main pathways:

Russell Group University Pathway

Progression goal after College: Degree study at top 30 university

Entry Requirement: A minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9-5 including English Language and Maths. Specific grades required at GCSE for certain A level choices.

Programme of study: 3 A levels and an Extended Project, including 2 traditional academic subjects plus E6 programme.

General A Level Pathway

Progression goal after College: Degree study in an academic or more practical/vocational subject; an apprenticeship; employment with further training.

Entry Requirement: A minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language. Specific grades are required at GCSE for certain A level choices. Please see our Entry Requirements.

Programme of study: 3 A levels and GCSE Mathematics (if a grade 4 has not already been obtained) plus E6 programme.

Combined A Level / Vocational Pathway

Progression goal after College: Degree study in an academic or more practical/vocational subject; an apprenticeship; employment with further training.

Entry Requirement: A minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language. Specific grades are required at GCSE for certain A level choices. Please see our Entry Requirements.

Programme of study: Equivalent of 3 A levels, made up of partly vocational subjects (for example BTECs or CTECs) and GCSE Mathematics (if grade 4 has not already been obtained) plus E6 programme.

Level 3 Vocational Pathway

Progression goal after College: Degree study in a practical/vocational subject; employment or apprenticeship in a specific area.

Entry Requirement: A minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language.

Programme of study: BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, a Level 3 CTEC or a Level 3 NVQ. GCSE Mathematics to be taken (if grade 4 has not already been obtained) plus E6 programme and work experience/volunteering with a relevant employer.

Level 2 Pathway

Progression goal after College: To progress to the Level 3 vocational pathway at Portsmouth College. To move into relevant employment, an apprenticeship or further education elsewhere.

Entry Requirement: A minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9-3 including English Language. Level 2 BTEC qualifications count towards this target if achieved at Merit or above.

Programme of study: Level 2 BTEC/CTEC/NVQ and GCSE Mathematics and/or English (if grade 4 has not already been obtained) plus E6 programme.

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