Postgraduate Studies – FAQs

Q. I’ve still got a CAP course that I haven’t quite finished. If I complete this during my first few months at work, does this count as a postgrad course?

A. We’ve been guided that postgraduate is for the years 18-20 and therefore Postgraduate courses should not really be confused with CAP courses, which are meant for the final two years of school. It is certainly important to complete your CAP course, but we would encourage you then to consider taking up something further.

Q. I want to take up a postgrad course. Who should pay for it? My employer or me?

A. Many employers can see the benefit to their business of employees who have taken up and persevered with further study in a business-related course. Such employers are often happy to make a financial contribution towards, or even pay for in full, your postgraduate course. However we cannot impose this on your employer and therefore our suggestion is that you sit down with him/her at the outset of your employment, tell them of your desire to take up further study and ask what he/she is able to do to support you. In some cases employers have offered to pay a percentage of the cost of the course, then repay the employee for the balance once they successfully complete it. This incentivises the employee to see it through to completion!

Q. If I take up an Apprenticeship, does that mean it gets paid for anyway?

A. Most probably, yes. However there are certain strict criteria attached to being able to take up an apprenticeship course. Visit this page on the website for further details.

Q. There is a particular subject I’d like to study, but I can’t find a course that fits the bill on this website. What to do?

A. The courses on this website are a representation of some of the popular courses that are available, often ones that many Community students have successfully completed before you. However if you can’t find what you want, feel free to drop a line to postgraduate@focus-school.com or even better, feel free do some online research yourself – there are hundreds of courses available out there. All we ask is, please let us know if you’ve found a good course because it might be one that we can promote as being of value to others.

Q. What do the various ‘Levels’ relate to?

A. These indicate the relevant difficulty of any course compared with other public examinations such as A-levels and GCSEs. The government has published a comparison chart which can be found on this link www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/list-of-qualification-levels.  You can also download the chart below: