Progression Paths

A progression path is a route you plan to take through education and into employment. We encourage all our students to think ahead so that they can choose the right courses to fit them and their future.

Your future isn’t set in stone of course, but we want you to be as prepared as possible. That’s why we help our students to plan and think about the next stages of their life.

You can see some of the different qualifications in the box below. These can be put together in different combinations to create a path through education and towards employment.

Call or email our Advice team for a helpful chat.

Progression Week

Every year we hold a week-long event aimed at helping our students and prospective students to plan ahead. You’ll be able to talk to our tutors, Advice Coordinators and other members of staff about the options your course could lead to. The week culminates in a ‘careers fayre’ so if there’s someone you’re keen to chat to about your future you can catch up with them there.

Master Classes

Another feature of Progression Week is our master classes, covering things like money matters, choosing your course, interview and CV skills and time management.

Paths through Education


Levels 4-6 (Level 4) Certificates of HE / (Level 5) HNC, Foundation Degrees, HND / (Level 6) Bachelor Degrees, Graduate Certificates and Diplomas / NVQ Level 4 or 5


Level 3 AS + A2 Level / BTEC National Diploma Certificate / Access to HE / NVQ Level 3, Advanced Apprenticeship


Level 2 GCSE A*-C / VGCSE AA*-CC / BTEC First Diplomas and Certificate NCFE Level 2 / NVQ Level 2


Level 1 GCSE D-G / VGCSE DD-GG / BTEC Introductory Diploma and Certificate / NVQ Level 1

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us "good" with "outstanding" features.

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great new Personal Tutor scheme.

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