Qualifications Explained

PROCAT offers technical courses across a wide variety of areas in engineering and construction, designed to equip students with all the skills they need for a rewarding and successful career in their chosen field.

Level 1

These courses give you a practical introduction to a vocational area and prepare you to move onto Intermediate Level programmes. Entry tends to be through assessment and interview.

Level 2

The College offers various courses at Level 2, including BTEC First Diplomas. These programmes develop your skills and knowledge by building on what you have learnt at Level 1 or in your personal/work experience.

Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are nationally recognised qualifications that can provide you with an alternative route to higher education. If you do not hold any formal qualifications, success on an Access programme is the best route to an interview for a place on a degree course at university or college. We will provide guidance, an assessment in English and mathematics and an interview in your chosen subject. Access courses are also suitable for students who have English as a second language.

BTEC National Diploma / Certificate / Awards are vocational courses related to a broad occupational area, combining practical, hands-on activities with detailed technical study. It is sometimes possible to take part in related work experience. The National Diploma is studied full-time over two years and consists of 18 modules, the National Certificate is studied over two years and consists of 12 modules and the National Award is studied over one year and consists of six modules.

Level 4

Higher National Certificates / Diplomas (HNC/HND) and Foundation Degrees are equivalent to the first one to two years of an honours degree but are also qualifications in their own right. They are as relevant to school leavers as they are to those already in employment.


An apprenticeship is a programme of training in your chosen field which allows you to learn whilst working full-time for an employer; earning money and attending college. Whilst at college, you will learn the fundamentals of your career; these skills and knowledge are then developed and put into practice in the workplace.

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