Tell me about Level 3 at LCC

Level 3 qualifications are an alternative to sixth form and a viable route to university. Students get real industry connections and can fulfil their ambitions leading to university, higher apprenticeships or employment.

These two-year courses can lead to higher education but emphasise practical skills that employers need rather than academic study. Students benefit from focused teaching around their chosen subject, specialised facilities to prepare for the working world and industry links with sector-specific experts.

Level 3 students are those who are passionate about their favourite subject, they’re eager to get stuck in and they know exactly what they want to do.

Ready to apply?

If you already know which area you’re interested in, take a look at our schools and courses.

School of Applied Science 

School of Business

School of Creative Arts

School of Digital & IT

School of Engineering

School of Events, Enterprise & Employability

School of Hair, Beauty & Media Makeup

School of Land & Animal Sciences

School of Social Science

School of Sport Science & Exercise

School of Travel, Food & Drink

Level 3 frequently asked questions

Can you study Level 3 qualifications alongside A levels?

No, you study either two years of A levels or a two-year Level 3 specialist programme focusing on one subject area.

Are Level 3 qualifications the same as a BTEC?

BTEC is simply the awarding body. Level 3 BTEC Diploma is an example of a Level 3 qualification. Most of our Level 3 qualifications are BTECs however, some subject areas offer UAL or VTCT qualifications which are equivalent to a BTEC.


Do employers value Level 3 qualifications?

Yes, many of our Level 3 students have gone on to have successful careers in their chosen industries. Additionally, our schools have employer partnerships which allow employers to influence course material as well as provide students with tips, advice and experience!       

What is the difference between Level 3 qualifications and A levels?

Vocational Level 3 qualifications and A levels are the same level of qualification so both have the same value. Level 3 vocational qualifications involve more practical learning and emphasises coursework and practical skills over exams. Level 3 qualifications are specialised, focusing on one subject, so they’re a great option if you know what career you’d like to have.

Can you get to university from Level 3 qualifications?

Absolutely, many of our Level 3 students progress directly to university upon completion of their course. Some Level 3 qualifications even offer more UCAS points than A levels making it even easier to get to higher education. Some students find that completing a Level 3 qualification better prepares them for university as they have gained a headstart on the practical elements of their subject.

Is a Level 3 qualification a viable alternative to A levels?

Yes, A levels are often viewed as the traditional route to university but students can still progress to university from Level 3 qualifications. In addition, students gain practical skills and experience from Level 3 qualifications. Many Level 3 qualifications also have study skills or academic skills modules to prepare students for degree level study.

What do Level 3 qualifications consist of?

Level 3 vocational qualifications typically involve plenty of practical learning. Though some courses can include exams, generally vocational qualifications are primarily assessed via coursework and practical projects. Students can also gain work experience opportunities and experience guest lectures from industry practitioners, further preparing them for their chosen careers.

Why study Level 3 qualifications at Leeds City College?

We offer Level 3 qualifications across each of our subject areas. Each of our schools has experienced tutors, cutting-edge facilities and fantastic industry links, all designed to prepare students for progression. If a student knows what career they would like to pursue, Level 3 qualifications at Leeds City College can offer specialist study to support with progression.

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