"Paston Students produce creative and often ambitious pieces of work." Ofsted, 2016

This year, we are introducing a variety of new vocational courses including: single award vocational courses and double award vocational courses, which could be studied alongside A level subjects in a mixed programme.

Please see our entry requirements and subject course pages for more information.  Here is a list of the vocational courses:

Single Award Vocational Courses:

These courses will needs to be combined with a double award vocational courses, or with two A levels. 

Double Award Vocational Courses:

This course needs to be combined with a single award vocational course or with an A level.


Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas. Two year full time courses including Tutorial and Enrichment.

BTEC National Extended Diplomas offer you an alternative approach to advanced level study, enabling you to explore a vocational area in depth and breadth. The courses are delivered mostly through coursework portfolios but, they do have some externally examined assessment. Some of the skills you learn on BTEC will be really useful on a degree course or in employment, namely time management and organizational skills. A 2016 study by London Economics found that almost 79% of BTEC students graduate with a first or second class degree.

You will also have other work-based experience and practical skills that A-Level students may not have.  According to Pearson, the global education company that runs BTEC, 90% of graduates who went to university after BTEC are employed full-time and 37% of businesses prefer recruits to hold a mix of academic and vocational qualifications. It’s fair to say BTEC could give you a significant headstart.

Equivalent to three A-level subjects, BTEC Extended Diplomas are a widely recognised qualification valued by universities and employers alike. Last year, 24% of the students who started university had a BTEC Extended Diploma. That's compared with 18% back in 2010 and it's a ratio that's risen consistently every year.

Here are eight things you need to know about BTEC

You can choose from three BTEC Extended Diplomas at Paston

BTEC Extended Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A-levels: