Study Programme components

As the leading sector specialists in health, social care and childcare, our Study Programmes offer learners the best possible start in these growth sectors.

Substantial qualifications

Applied Generals

  • Level 3 qualifications aimed at post-16 learners
  • each qualification is included in the DfE performance tables
  • does not require work placements/employer involvement during the delivery
  • assessed through a mixture of internal and external assessment.

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Tech Certs and Tech Levels

  • Qualifications aimed at post-16 learners
  • provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary for skilled employment or further technical study
  • include elements of work placement, allowing learners to apply knowledge in real work environments
  • details of work placements can be found in the qualification specifications via the qualification pages below.

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English and maths

Learners are expected to hold at least a GCSE grade 4 (or grade C) in these important subjects. However, those who have achieved a grade 2 or below (or grade E or below) can study an alternative qualification, such as Functional Skills which we offer under our NCFE brand.

Find out more about NCFE Functional Skills


Designed to complement a learners 16-19 full-time programme, our extensive range of smaller qualifications develops transferrable skills, improves confidence and helps with employment outcomes and support progression.

Higher level studies

  • Level 3 qualifications for learners who are considering studying at a higher level and wish to develop their higher level study skills.
  • Attract UCAS points.

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Employability qualifications

NCFE’s range of employability qualifications supports your learners’ Study Programme and has been created to give them the best possible chance of success.

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Extra support

We offer a range of useful qualifications which support personal development and a learners understanding of issues that can affect them and others.

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Work Experience

The qualifications we offer can help prepare learners for work experience, this being a key principle of the 16-19 Study Programme which helps develop career choices and improve critical employability skills.

Explore NCFE pre-work experience qualifications: