Courses

Training providers in South Tyneside offer a wide range of courses in different vocational areas at a variety of levels. Check out the vocational area and levels that suit you, see which training providers offer the courses and how you can apply.

N.B For 14-16 (still at school), provision is organised by schools not individuals students or parents. Please speak to your relevant teacher. 

** Covid-19 Connexions update – Connexions advisers are available every afternoon for any school or college leaver looking for opportunities. Due to the restrictions because of Covid19 we are able to offer support over the phone. Get in touch with us on 01914246657.**
Alternatively you can email connexions@southtyneside.gov.uk or like us on our Facebook page Connexions ST.

** Some of our providers have adapted their training offer and are offering a number of online course. To access these course Go to Adults ⇒ Online. This is the ideal opportunity to enhance your CV or CPD. **

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Types of courses include:

Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are paid jobs that incorporate on and off the job training leading to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices earn as they learn and gain practical skills in the workplace. You must be over 16 and not in full-time education to become an apprentice. Apprenticeships can last between one and four years depending on the level of apprenticeship, apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. The minimum rates are below:

Age From 1 April 2018 – rate per hour
21 and over £7.38
18 to 20 £5.90
Under 18 £4.20
Apprentice (all apprentices under age 19 AND any apprentice, regardless of age, in first year of apprenticeship) £3.70


Traineeships
Traineeships are a programme for young people who may need additional help to gain an apprenticeship or a job. Traineeships will provide young people with the opportunity to develop the skills and workplace experiences that employers are looking for.

Study Programme
Study programme is for young people aged 16-18 (and up to the age of 24 for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities). This programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals and includes working towards a vocational qualification, valuable work experience, help with maths and English, opportunities to develop job-search skills and personal and social development.

Adult Skills and Community Learning
This is aimed at those who are aged 19 and over who are unemployed, in receipt of eligible benefits. and who need support to move closer to employment, education or training. These courses can help people to re-engage with learning, gain skills, raise confidence, obtain qualifications and remove barriers to their progression.

 

Qualification Levels: What do they mean?

Overview
Most qualifications have a difficulty level. The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is. If you need to know the level of a qualification, you can:
• see a list of qualification levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
• use the Register of Regulated Qualifications – if you know the name of the qualification and the exam board that runs it
• compare qualification levels from other countries

Entry Level
What it means

Entry level is the most basic form of qualification, and usually provides an introduction into education. They aren’t generally compulsory. Entry level qualifications are available three different sub-categories, which progressively get more difficult: ntry levels 1, 2 and 3.
Examples of entry level qualifications include:
• Entry level functional or essential skills
• Entry level awards and diplomas
• Entry level certificates (ELCs)
• Entry level English for foreign language speakers (ESOL)
• Skills for Life
Good for anyone looking to learn a new subject or language, as well as those looking to enter formal education.

Level 1
What it means

Often achieved in Years 10 and 11 of secondary school, Level 1 qualifications are the first formal rung on the numbered system of qualifications.
Examples of Level 1 qualifications include:
• GCSE (grades 3-1)
• Level 1 functional or essential skills
• Level 1 award, certificate and diplomas
• Level 1 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
• Music grades 1, 2 and 3
• Level 1 ESOL
Good for those aged 15-16, or anyone looking to further their education. You won’t necessarily have to complete an entry level qualification to move onto Level 1.

Level 2
What it means

Level 2 is the next step up from Level 1
Examples of Level 2 qualifications include:
• GCSE (grades 9-4)
• O level (grades A, B or C)
• Level 2 functional or essential skills
• Level 2 award, certificates and diplomas
• Level 2 NVQ
• Music grades 4 and 5
• Intermediate apprenticeships
• Level 2 ESOL
Good for those looking to further their education. Because of the high standard of their grades, Level 2 learners will usually progress to Level 3 qualifications.

Level 3
What it means
Level 3 generally shows greater knowledge in a subject, and is often achieved in Years 12 and 13, or in centres for further education.
Examples of Level 3 qualifications include:
• A level (grades A*, A, B, C, D or E)
• Advanced subsidiary (AS) level
• Tech level
• Applied general
• Level 3 awards, certificates and diplomas
• Level 3 NVQ
• Music grades 6, 7 and 8
• Advanced apprenticeships
• Access to higher education diploma
• International Baccalaureate diploma
• Level 3 ESOL
Good for those who are looking to continue their education after the minimum school leaving age, or who want to specialise in a particular subject.

Level 4
What it means
Level 4 is indicative of a greater understanding and a higher level of learning than that gained through core modules at secondary education level.
Examples of Level 4 qualifications include:
• Higher national certificate (HNC)
• Certificate of higher education (CertHE)
• Level 4 award, certificates and diplomas
• Level 4 NVQ
• Higher apprenticeships
Good for the bridge between level 3 and 5, and can help people progress to the next stage of education when they might not have been able to with their previous qualifications.

Level 5
What it means
Level 5 demonstrates knowledge of a subject which goes beyond what was taught during secondary education.
Examples of Level 5 qualifications include:
• Foundation degree
• Higher national diploma (HND)
• Diploma of higher education (DipHE)
• Level 5 awards, certificates and diplomas
• Level 5 NVQ
Good for anyone looking to move on to university, or other forms of higher education.

Level 6
What it means
Level 6 refers to qualifications gained at degree level, indicating the bearer has graduated from a centre for further education.
Examples of Level 6 qualifications include:
• Bachelor’s degree (with or without honours)
• Graduate diploma
• Graduate certificate
• Level 6 awards, certificates and diplomas
• Level 6 NVQ
• Degree apprenticeship
Good for anyone who wants to take their knowledge of a subject past secondary education level – whether that’s to gain a degree of a higher level NVQ or certificate. Also the first step for those looking to pursue a master’s.

Level 7
What it means
Level 7 refers to a level of education equivalent to a master’s degree, and is generally attained in a centre for further education.
Examples of Level 7 qualifications include:
• Master’s degree
• Integrated master’s degree
• Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE)
• Postgraduate diplomas and certificates
• Level 7 awards, certificates and diplomas
• Level 7 NVQ
Good for anyone looking for a qualification which validates knowledge beyond degree level. After Level 7, there’s only one more level – a doctorate (PhD) or its equivalent.

Level 8
What it means
Level 8 refers to a doctorate level of education, often known as a PhD.
Examples of Level 8 qualifications include:
• Doctorate or PhD
• Level 8 awards, certificates and diplomas
Good for anyone looking to achieve the highest formal level of education possible in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – and/or become a fully qualified doctor.