What are they?

Applied Generals are generic terms for a range of Level 3 vocational qualifications that have been designed with the help of employers and professional bodies. They aim to help fill a workplace skills gap identified by employers. Transferable skills such as team working and communication are included in assessments to assist learners preparing for employment, a higher or advanced apprenticeship, or further academic study.


Applied General Qualifications have been designed for students wishing to continue their general education at advanced level (Level 3) through applied learning. Applied General qualifications will suit Post 16 students wishing to undertake a broad study in the areas of...

Where could I study?

It is possible to take a Applied General Course at a school Post 16 centre, but, as these qualifications are by definition specialised, they are more likely to be available at colleges.

How long will it take me?

Applied General Qualifications are taken by young people aged 16-19. Different courses vary in size, but would normally be studied over 2 years.

Options after the course?

Upon completion, learners can apply to a Higher Apprenticeship, go into higher education or start work. All Applied General qualifications attract UCAS points.