What GCSEs and A-Levels Do I Need?

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Choosing appropriate GCSEs and A-Levels that will support your future career ambitions can be challenging and stressful. Take a look at the drop down options below which provide guidance on GCSE and A-Level options to consider, as well as college course alternatives, which can help you thrive in a health and care role.

Administrative Roles

Role

Is an
Apprenticeship Route Available?  

Qualifications
Required  

GCSE
English
and Maths Requirements  

GCSE
options
to consider  

A Level
options
to consider  

College
Course alternatives to A Levels  

Clerk

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above  

Suffolk One 

Business Extended Diploma Level 3

 

Suffolk New College  

 

West Suffolk College  

Business Administrator Level 3

 

Colchester Institute 

Business
Level 3

Health Records Staff

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above  

Suffolk One 

Business Extended Diploma Level 3

 Information
Technology Extended Diploma Level 3

 

Suffolk New College  

 

West Suffolk College  

 Business
Administrator Level 3

Colchester Institute 

Medical Secretary

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above  

Suffolk One 

Business Extended Diploma Level 3

 

Suffolk New College  

 

West Suffolk College  

Business Administrator Level 3

 

Colchester Institute 

Business Level 3

Receptionist

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above  

Suffolk One 

Business Extended Diploma Level 3

 

Suffolk New College  

 

West Suffolk College  

Business Administrator Level 3

 

Colchester Institute 

Business Level 3

Secretary

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above  

Suffolk One 

Business Extended Diploma Level 3

 

Suffolk New College  

 

West Suffolk College  

Business Administrator Level 3

 

Colchester Institute 

Business Level 3

Telephonist

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above  

Suffolk One 

Business Extended Diploma Level 3

 

Suffolk New College  

 

West Suffolk College  

Business Administrator Level 3

 

Colchester Institute 

Business Level 3

Allied Health Professionals

Role

Is an
Apprenticeship Route Available?

Qualifications
Required

GCSE
English
and Maths Requirements

GCSE options

to consider

A
Level options
to consider

College
Course alternatives to A Levels

Art Therapist
or Art Psychotherapist

Yes (Level 7 Masters)

(Not available in Suffolk and North East
Essex currently)

Approved Undergraduate Degree in Art or a
Psychological Health related subject

 

Approved full or part time masters degree
in art therapy or art psychotherapy

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Art and Design

Art and Design

Psychology

 

Suffolk One

Art and Design Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Art and Design Level 3

Art and Design Level 3 / 4 Foundation

 

West Suffolk College

Art and Design Level 3

Art and Design Level 3 / 4 Foundation

 

Colchester Institute

Art and Design Level 3

Diagnostic Radiographer

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

Physics

Chemistry

Biology
Human Biology

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

 

Dietician

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the British Dietetic
Association

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

Physics

Chemistry

Biology
Human Biology

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

 

 

 

 

Drama Therapist

Yes (Level 7 Masters)

(Not available in Suffolk and North East
Essex currently)

Approved Undergraduate Degree in Drama or a
Psychological Health related subject

 

Approved full or part time masters degree
in drama therapy

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Drama

Drama

Psychology

Suffolk One

Performing Arts Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

N/A

 

West Suffolk College

N/A

 

Colchester Institute

N/A

Music Therapist

Yes (Level 7 Masters)

(Not available in Suffolk and North East
Essex currently)

 

 

 

Approved Undergraduate Degree in Music or a
Psychological Health related subject

 

Approved full or part time masters degree
in Music therapy

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Music

Music

Psychology

Suffolk One

Music Performance Subsidiary Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Music Performance and Production Level 3

Musical Theatre Level 3

 

West Suffolk College

Electronic Music Production Ext Dip Level 3

Music Performance & Songwriting Ext Dip
Level 3

Music Performance Professional Level 4

 

Colchester Institute

Music Production and Technology Level 3

Popular Music Level 3

Professional Musician Level 3

 

Occupational Therapist

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

Physics

Chemistry

Biology
Human Biology

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Operating Department Practitioner

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

Physics

Chemistry

Biology
Human Biology

PE

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

Sport Level 3

Sport and Exercise Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

Sport and Exercise Level 3

 

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Sport and Exercise Science Level 3

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

 

Orthoptist

No

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

Physics

Chemistry

Biology
Human Biology

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Osteopath

No

Bachelors Degree (BSc) or Masters
Degree of Science (MSc)

 

Register with the General Osteopathic Council

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

Physics

Chemistry

Biology
Human Biology

Psychology

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Paramedic

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

 

 

 

Approved degree in paramedic
science

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

Physics

Chemistry

Biology
Human Biology

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

Public Services Level 3

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Physiotherapist

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

Physics

Chemistry

Biology
Human Biology

PE

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

Sport Level 3

Sport and Exercise Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

Sport and Exercise Level 3

 

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Sport and Exercise Science Level 3

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Podiatrist

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the Health and Care Professions
Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

 

Biology
Human Biology

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Prosthetist/Orthotist

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

 

Maths, Physics, Biology

Human Biology Engineering.

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Speech and Language Therapist

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

 

Biology
Human Biology

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Therapeutic Radiographer

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Approved full or part time degree

 

Register with the Health and Care
Professions Council (HCPC).  

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(Including Science)

 

 

Physics

Chemistry

Biology
Human Biology

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Ambulance Service Team

Role

Is an
Apprenticeship Route Available?

Qualifications
Required

GCSE
English
and Maths Requirements

GCSE options

to consider

A
Level options
to consider

College
Course alternatives to A Levels

Ambulance Care Assistant

No

GCSEs

and relevant work experience

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

 

N/A

Suffolk One

Ext Certificate in Health & Social Care Level 3

Ext Diploma in Health & Social Care Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Health and Social Care Level 3

Health T Level

Healthcare Science T Level

Nursing & Healthcare Professions 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Health and Social Care Level 3

Working in the Healthcare Sector Level 3

Psychology & Social Sciences Level 3

Therapeutic Pathway T Level

Healthcare Science T Level

 

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Patient Transport Driver

 

No

GCSEs

and relevant work experience

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

ICT

N/A

Suffolk One

Ext Certificate in Health & Social Care
Level 3

Ext Diploma in Health & Social Care
Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Health and Social Care Level 3

Health T Level

Healthcare Science T Level

Nursing & Healthcare Professions 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Health and Social Care Level 3

Working in the Healthcare Sector Level 3

Psychology & Social Sciences Level
3

Therapeutic Pathway T Level

Healthcare Science T Level

 

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Call Handler/Emergency Dispatcher

No

GCSEs

And relevant work experience

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

 

N/A

Suffolk One

Ext Certificate in Health & Social Care
Level 3

Ext Diploma in Health & Social Care
Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Health and Social Care Level 3

Health T Level

Healthcare Science T Level

Nursing & Healthcare Professions 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Health and Social Care Level 3

Working in the Healthcare Sector Level 3

Psychology & Social Sciences Level
3

Therapeutic Pathway T Level

Healthcare Science T Level

 

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Emergency Care Assistant

No

GCSEs

And relevant work experience

Full Manual Driving Licence

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

 

N/A

Suffolk One

Ext Certificate in Health & Social Care
Level 3

Ext Diploma in Health & Social Care
Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Health and Social Care Level 3

Health T Level

Healthcare Science T Level

Nursing & Healthcare Professions 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Health and Social Care Level 3

Working in the Healthcare Sector Level 3

Psychology & Social Sciences Level
3

Therapeutic Pathway T Level

Healthcare Science T Level

 

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Emergency Medical Technician

Yes (Level 4 Apprenticeship)

GCSEs

And relevant work experience

 

Full Manual Driving Licence

C1 Driving Licence

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(including science)

PE

N/A

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Experienced Paramedic

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

GCSEs

And relevant work experience

 

Level 4 Emergency Medical Technician

 

Full Manual Driving Licence

C1 Driving Licence

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

(including science)

PE

Biology/ Human Biology

Chemistry

Physics

PE

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Patient Transport Service Call Handler

No

GCSEs

 

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

 

N/A

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Dentistry

Role

Is an
Apprenticeship Route Available?

Qualifications
Required

GCSE
English
and Maths Requirements

GCSE
options
to consider

A
Level options
to consider

College
Course alternatives to A Levels

Dental Hygienist

No

Degree course approved by the General
Dental Council (GDC)
 

 

 

Register with the General Dental Council
(GDC)

Grade 4 (Grade C) or above

(Including Science)

 

Biology

Human Biology

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Applied Science (Level 2)

Biology (AQA GCSE)

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Dental Nurse

Yes (Level 3)

Course approved by the General
Dental Council (GDC)
 

 

 

Register with the General Dental Council
(GDC)

Grade 4 (Grade C) or above

(Including Science)

 

N/A

N/A you can access Dental Nursing
Apprenticeships via Suffolk New College, West Suffolk College or Colchester
Institute

Dental Technician/Dental Technologist

No

BTEC National Diploma in Dental Technology
where you will normally need at least four GCSEs at grade 4-7 or A-C,

A foundation degree where you will normally
need to be employed in a trainee dental technician role or apprenticeship

A BSc (Hons) degree in dental technology
where A-levels or equivalent qualifications are usually required

 

Grade 4 (Grade C) or above

(Including Science)

 

Biology

Human Biology

 

The BTEC is not offered at any FE
Colleges locally.

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Applied Science (Level 2)

Biology (AQA GCSE)

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Dental Therapist

Yes (Degree Apprenticeship)

Obtain a diploma or degree in dental therapy

Register with the General
Dental Council
.

You will need five GCSE subjects at grade 4-7 or A to C, plus two
A-levels or a recognised qualification in dental nursing.

Grade 4 (Grade C) or above

(Including Science)

 

Biology

Human Biology

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Applied Science (Level 2)

Biology (AQA GCSE)

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Dentist

No

Degree course approved by the General
Dental Council (GDC)
 

 

 

Register with the General Dental Council
(GDC)

Grade 4 (Grade C) or above

(Including Science)

 

Biology

Human Biology

 

Suffolk One

Applied Human Biology Level 3

Applied Science Level 3

 

Suffolk New College

Applied Science (Level 2)

Biology (AQA GCSE)

Healthcare Science (T Level)
Science
(CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

 

West Suffolk College

Foundation to Science

Science Access to HE Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Applied Science Level 3

Estates and Facilities Team

Role

Is an
Apprenticeship Route Available?

Qualifications
Required

GCSE
English
and Maths Requirements

GCSE options

to consider

A
Level options
to consider

College
Course alternatives to A Levels

Catering Manager

No

Approved HND or undergraduate degree in Hospitality
Management, Hotel and Catering Management or Culinary Arts Management

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Food Technology

Science

Business

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Level 3

West Suffolk College

Hospitality Supervisor Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Hospitality Management and Supervision Level 3

Chef/Cook

No

Level 2 or 3 catering qualification

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Food Technology

Science

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

Professional Cookery Level 3

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Professional Chef Level 3

Professional Cookery Level 3

Domestic Services Staff

No

No set entry requirements

Employer may ask for an NVQ in hotel services or health
care, or a HND in facilities management or hotel services

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Health and Social Care

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Extended Diploma Level 3

Suffolk New College

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College

Health and Social Sciences Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Housekeeper

No

No set entry requirements

Employer may ask for an NVQ in hotel services or health
care

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Health and Social Care

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Extended Diploma Level 3

Suffolk New College

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College

Health and Social Sciences Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Linen Services Staff

No

No set entry requirements

Employer may ask for an NVQ in hotel services or health
care

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Health and Social Care

Textile Design

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Extended Diploma Level 3

Suffolk New College

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College

Health and Social Sciences Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Bricklayer

Yes

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Design and Technology

Business

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

Brickwork Level 2

 

Colchester Institute

Bricklaying Level 3

Caretaker

Yes

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Design and Technology

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Carpenter / Joiner

Yes

NVQ, certificate or diploma in carpentry or joinery

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Design and Technology

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Levell 3

 

Colchester Institute

Carpentry and Joinery Level 3

Electrician

Yes

Level 3 qualification in Installing Electrotechnical
Systems and Equipment

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

Electrical Installation Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Electrical Installations Level 3

Engineer

No

Degree or HND in a particular branch of engineering,
accredited by the Engineering Council

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Maths

Further Maths

Physics

Chemistry

Suffolk One

Engineering Extended Diploma Level 3

Suffolk New College

Engineering � Fabrication and Welding Technology Level 3

Engineering � Manufacturing Technology Level 3

West Suffolk College

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Diploma – Electrical
Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Engineering and Manufacturing � Craft Level 3

HND Engineering (Electric and Electronic)

Gardeners and Ground Staff

Yes

NVQ, certificate or diploma in horticulture or
landscaping

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Art and Design

Biology

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

Landscape Construction Level 3

Work-based Horticulture Level 3

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Painter and Decorator

No

No set entry requirements

Employer may ask for an NVQ in painting and decorating

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Art and Design

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

Painting and Decorating Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Painting and Decorating Level 2

Plumber

Yes

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Design and Technology

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

Plumbing Level 3

West Suffolk College

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician � Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Plumbing Studies Level 2

Surveyor

No

Approved degree in surveying or related subject,
accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Maths

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Tiler

Yes

No set entry requirements

Employer may ask for an NVQ in tiling

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

Painting and Decorating Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Painting and Decorating Level 2

Window Cleaner

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Audio Visual Technician

No

No set entry requirements

Employer may ask for a degree or HND in audio visual
technology

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Suffolk One

Sound Engineering Level 3

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

Media and Film Production Extended Diploma Level 3

 

Colchester Institute

Production Arts Level 3

Driver

No

No set entry requirements

Full driving license

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Fire safety officer

No

Qualification in fire safety

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Health and safety officer

No

Approved degree in a health and safety related field,
including environmental health or occupational safety

International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
from NEBOSH

Level 6 diploma in Applied Health and Safety

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Porter

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Extended Diploma Level 3

Suffolk New College

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Security Staff

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Stores and Distribution Staff

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Suffolk One

Suffolk New College

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

Healthcare Scientist Roles

Role

Is an
Apprenticeship Route Available?

Qualifications
Required

GCSE English
and Maths
Requirements

GCSE options
to consider

A Level options
to consider

College Course
alternatives to A Levels

Anatomical Pathology

No

No set entry requirements

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above,
including science

Science

Biology

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

Suffolk One

 

Suffolk New College

 

West Suffolk College

 

Colchester Institute

 

Biomedical Scientist

Yes

Approved undergraduate degree
in Biomedical Science, accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science,
with

registration with the Health
and Care Professions Council

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above,
including science

Science

At least one science

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

Genomics

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in a relevant subject (pure or applied science), allowing application to the
NHS Scientist Training Programme

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above,
including science

Science

Biology

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

Infection Scientist

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in a relevant subject (pure or applied science), allowing application to the
NHS Scientist Training Programme

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above,
including science

Science

Biology

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

Microbiology

Yes

Approved undergraduate degree
in a relevant subject (pure or applied science), allowing application to the
NHS Scientist Training Programme

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above,
including science

Science

Biology

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

Virology

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in a relevant subject (pure or applied science), allowing application to the
NHS Scientist Training Programme

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above,
including science

Science

Biology

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

Clinical Photography

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in photography and a postgraduate certificate in clinical photography

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Art and Design

Photography

Suffolk One 

Art and Design Extended Diploma
Level 3  
 

 

Suffolk New College  

UAL Extended Diploma in Creative
Practice – Photography Level 3
 

   

West Suffolk College  

UAL Extended Diploma in Creative
Practice � Photography Level 3 
 

Colchester Institute 

Photography Level 3

Nuclear Medicine

No

Enter the NHS Practitioner
Training Programme by taking an accredited undergraduate degree in healthcare
science (nuclear medicine)

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above, including
science

Science

Physics

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health Professions
Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

Rehabilitation Engineering

No

With A-levels, enter NHS
Practitioner Training Programme by taking an accredited undergraduate degree
in healthcare science

 

Approved undergraduate degree
in a relevant subject (pure or applied science), allowing application to the
NHS Scientist Training Programme

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Biology

Maths

 

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

Audiology

No

With A-levels, enter NHS
Practitioner Training Programme by taking an accredited undergraduate degree
in healthcare science (Audiology)

 

Approved undergraduate degree
in a relevant subject (pure or applied science), allowing application to the
NHS Scientist Training Programme

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above,
including science

Science

 

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

Neurophysiology

No

With A-levels, enter NHS Practitioner
Training Programme by taking an accredited undergraduate degree in healthcare
science (neurophysiology)

 

Approved undergraduate degree
in a relevant subject (pure or applied science), allowing application to the
NHS Scientist Training Programme

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above,
including science

Science

Biology

Suffolk One 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level
3 
 

 

Suffolk New College  

Adult Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

 

West Suffolk College  

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute 

Health and Social Care Level 3 

Management Roles

Role

Is an
Apprenticeship Route Available?  

Qualifications
Required  

GCSE
English
and Maths Requirements  

GCSE
options
to consider  

A Level
options
to consider  

College
Course alternatives to A Levels  

Clinical Manager

Approved university undergraduate
degree, usually in a clinical subject

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Science

Biology

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   Team
Leader Level 3
 

 

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

 

Estates Manager

No

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Design and Technology

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Finance Manager

Yes

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject, usually with a finance or accounting focus

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Further Maths

Accounting

Business Studies

Economics

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College

Accounting Level 3    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Communication and Corporate
Affairs

No

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Performance and Quality
Management

No

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Purchasing and Contract
Management

Yes

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject, usually with Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply
accreditation

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Further Maths

Accounting

Maths

Economics

Law

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   International Supply
Chain Logistics Diploma Level 3

Procurement
and Supply Assistant Level 3

 

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Strategic Management

No

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Human Resources Manager

Yes

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject, usually with a Human Resources Management focus and
Chartered Institute of Professional Development accreditation

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Law

English

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College

People Practice Level 3    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3

Recruitment Consultant Level 3

HR
Support Level 3
 

Payroll
Administration Level 3

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

HR Support Level 3

Administrative Management

Yes

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Decontamination Services
Management

No

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Facilities Management

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Construction and the Build
Environment Level 3

Hotel services management

Yes

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Practice Manager

Yes

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3

Team Leader Level 3 

   

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Project Manager

Yes

Approved university degree in a
relevant subject. Usually with a project management qualification such as
PRINCE2 or MSP

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above

Suffolk One   

Business Extended Diploma Level 3 

   

Suffolk New College    

   

West Suffolk College    

Business Administrator Level 3 

   Associate Project
Manager Level 4

 

Colchester Institute   

Business Level 3 

Midwifery

Role

Is an Apprenticeship Route Available?

Qualifications Required

GCSE English
and Maths Requirements

GCSE options
to consider

A Level options
to consider

College Course alternatives to A Levels

Midwife

Yes

Approved
university undergraduate degree in Midwifery, with registration with the
Nursing and Midwifery Council

Grade
4 (Grade C) and above

 

Science

Biology

Chemistry

Suffolk One  

   Applied Science Extended Diploma
Level 3

Health
and Social Care Diploma Level 3 

 

Suffolk New College   

  Access to Higher Education Diploma –
Science Level 3

Adult
Health and Social Care Level 3

 Health
(T Level)

Health
and Social Care Level 3

 

West Suffolk College   

Access to Higher Education � Science Level
3

Nursing and Health Professions

 

Colchester Institute  

  Access to Higher Education Diploma –
Science Level 3

Health
and Social Care Level 3

 

 

Nursing Roles

Role

Is an
Apprenticeship Route Available? 

Qualifications
Required 

GCSE
English
and Maths Requirements 

GCSE
options
to consider 

A Level
options
to consider 

College
Course alternatives to A Levels 

Adult Nurse

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Children�s Nurse

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health Professions
Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

District Nurse

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

General Practice Nurse

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Learning Disability Nurse

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Mental Health Nurse

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health Professions
Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Neonatal Nurse

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Nursing Associate

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Prison Nurse

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

Theatre Nurse

Yes

Approved university degree in
nursing

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Biology

Health and Social Care

Biology

Suffolk One

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3

Suffolk New College 

Adult Health and Social Care
Level 3

 Health (T Level)

Health and Social Care Level 3

West Suffolk College 

 Nursing and Health
Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3

Colchester Institute

Health and Social Care Level 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pharmacist Roles

Role

Is an
Apprenticeship Route Available?  

Qualifications
Required  

GCSE
English
and Maths Requirements  

GCSE
options
to consider  

A Level
options
to consider  

College
Course alternatives to A Levels  

Pharmacist

No

Approved university degree in
MPharm followed by a foundation training year with registration with the
General Pharmaceutical Council

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above, including science

Science

Biology

Chemistry

Maths

Suffolk
One
  

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3

 

Suffolk
New College 
  

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3

 

West
Suffolk College 
  

Access
to Higher Education � Science Level 3

 

Colchester
Institute
  

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3

 

Pharmacy Technician

Yes

Two-year accredited pharmacy
technician course, with registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council

Grade 4 (Grade
C) and above, including science

Science

Biology

Chemistry

Maths

Suffolk
One
  

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3

 

Suffolk
New College 
  

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3

 

West
Suffolk College 
  

Access
to Higher Education � Science Level 3

 

Colchester
Institute
  

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3

Psychological Profession Team

Role 

Is an Apprenticeship Route
Available? 

Qualifications Required 

GCSE English  
and Maths Requirements 

GCSE options  
to consider 

A Level options  
to consider 

College Course alternatives to
A Levels 

Adult
Psychotherapists

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in a relevant subject, followed by training and accreditation with the UK
Council for Psychotherapy, British Association for Counselling and
Psychotherapy, or the British Psychoanalytical Council

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Science, Psychology

Biology

Psychology

Suffolk One   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Diploma Level 3 
 

 

Suffolk New
College 
   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Adult Health and Social
Care Level 3
 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

West Suffolk
College 
   

Access to Higher
Education � Science Level 3
 

Nursing and Health
Professions 
 

 

Colchester Institute   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

 

CBT Therapist

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in order to undertake a postgraduate diploma

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Science, Psychology

Biology

Psychology

Suffolk One   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Diploma Level 3 
 

 

Suffolk New
College 
   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Adult Health and Social
Care Level 3
 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

West Suffolk
College 
   

Access to Higher Education
� Science Level 3
 

Nursing and Health
Professions 
 

 

Colchester Institute   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

 

Child and Adolescent
Psychotherapist

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in a relevant subject, followed by training and accreditation with the
Association of Child Psychotherapists

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Science, Psychology

Biology

Psychology

Suffolk One   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Diploma Level 3 
 

 

Suffolk New
College 
   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Adult Health and Social
Care Level 3
 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

West Suffolk
College 
   

Access to Higher
Education � Science Level 3
 

Nursing and Health
Professions 
 

 

Colchester Institute   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

 

Clinical Psychologist

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Science, Psychology

Biology

Psychology

Suffolk One   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3
 

Health and Social Care Diploma
Level 3 
 

 

Suffolk New
College 
   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Adult Health and Social
Care Level 3
 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

West Suffolk
College 
   

Access to Higher
Education � Science Level 3
 

Nursing and Health
Professions 
 

 

Colchester Institute   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

 

Counselling Psychologist

No

Approved undergraduate or
postgraduate degree that is accredited by the British Psychological Society,
and completion of a Health and Care Professions Council-accredited
practitioner doctoral degree

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Science, Psychology

Biology

Psychology

Suffolk One   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Diploma Level 3 
 

 

Suffolk New
College 
   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Adult Health and Social
Care Level 3
 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

West Suffolk College    

Access to Higher
Education � Science Level 3
 

Nursing and Health
Professions 
 

 

Colchester Institute   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

 

Counsellor

No

Registration with the Professional
Standards Authority

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Science, Psychology

Biology

Psychology

Suffolk One   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Diploma Level 3 
 

 

Suffolk New
College 
   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Adult Health and Social
Care Level 3
 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

West Suffolk
College 
   

Access to Higher
Education � Science Level 3
 

Nursing and Health
Professions 
 

 

Colchester Institute   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Level 3

Counselling Skills Diploma Level 3 

 

 

Forensic Psychologist

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in psychology with accreditation, and a master�s degree in forensic
psychology approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, and either a
minimum of three years supervised practice or a HCPC-accredited doctoral
programme

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Science, Psychology

Biology

Psychology

Suffolk One   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Diploma Level 3 
 

 

Suffolk New
College 
   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Adult Health and Social
Care Level 3
 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care Level
3
 

 

West Suffolk
College 
   

Access to Higher
Education � Science Level 3
 

Nursing and Health
Professions 
 

 

Colchester Institute   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

 

Health Psychologist

No

Approved undergraduate degree
in psychology with accreditation, and a master�s degree in health psychology
approved by the Health and Care Professions Council

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above 

Science, Psychology

Biology

Psychology

Suffolk One   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Diploma Level 3 
 

 

Suffolk New
College 
   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Adult Health and Social
Care Level 3
 

 Health (T Level) 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

West Suffolk
College 
   

Access to Higher
Education � Science Level 3
 

Nursing and Health
Professions 
 

 

Colchester Institute   

  Access to
Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3
 

Health and Social Care
Level 3
 

 

 

Public Health Team

Role

Is
an Apprenticeship Route Available?

Qualifications
Required

GCSE
English

and
Maths Requirements

GCSE
options

to
consider

A
Level options

to
consider

College
Course alternatives to A Levels

Environmental Health Practitioner

Yes

Approved undergraduate degree,
accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Science, Law

Suffolk
One
   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3 

Health
and Social Care Diploma Level 3  

 

Suffolk
New College 
   

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3 

Adult
Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health
(T Level) 

Health
and Social Care Level 3 

 

West
Suffolk College 
   

Access
to Higher Education � Science Level 3 

 

Colchester
Institute
   

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3 

Health
and Social Care Level 3 

 

Health Visitor

Yes

Approved undergraduate degree in
nursing or midwifery, with a postgraduate top up, or a undergraduate degree
in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Biology

Suffolk
One
   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3 

Health
and Social Care Diploma Level 3  

 

Suffolk
New College 
   

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3 

Adult
Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health
(T Level) 

Health
and Social Care Level 3 

 

West
Suffolk College 
   

Access
to Higher Education � Science Level 3 

Nursing
and Health Professions  

 

Colchester
Institute
   

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3 

Health
and Social Care Level 3 

 

Public Health Nurse

No

Approved undergraduate degree in
nursing, with registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Biology

Suffolk
One
   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3 

Health
and Social Care Diploma Level 3  

 

Suffolk
New College 
   

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3 

Adult
Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health
(T Level) 

Health
and Social Care Level 3 

 

West
Suffolk College 
   

Access
to Higher Education � Science Level 3 

Nursing
and Health Professions  

 

Colchester
Institute
   

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3 

Health
and Social Care Level 3 

 

School Nurse

No

Approved undergraduate degree in
nursing or midwifery, with registration with the Nursing and Midwifery
Council.

 

Completion of school nurse
training programme, offered at degree or postgraduate level

Grade 4 (Grade C) and above

Science

Biology

Suffolk
One
   

   Applied
Science Extended Diploma Level 3 

Health
and Social Care Diploma Level 3  

 

Suffolk
New College 
   

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3 

Adult
Health and Social Care Level 3 

 Health
(T Level) 

Health
and Social Care Level 3 

 

West
Suffolk College 
   

Access
to Higher Education � Science Level 3 

Nursing
and Health Professions  

 

Colchester
Institute
   

  Access
to Higher Education Diploma – Science Level 3 

Health
and Social Care Level 3