Vocational qualifications

Applied General Qualifications

What are Applied General qualifications?

Some vocational courses are now called 'Applied General Qualifications'. These are government approved for schools to use and can count in performance tables (some vocational are not approved). 

Applied General Qualifications are advanced (Level 3) qualifications that allow 16 to 19 year old students to develop transferable knowledge and skills. They are for students that want to continue their education through learning applied to a job area e.g. Agriculture, Horticulture, Environmental Conservation & Animal Care, Performing Arts, Arts, Crafts, Media & Publishing, etc.

Applied General Qualifications allow entry to a range of higher education courses, either by meeting the entry requirements in their own right or being accepted alongside other qualifications at Level 3 such as A levels.

Higher education institutions, such as universities, have pledged support for all approved applied general qualifications listed. 

Many Applied General Qualifications are endorsed by employers and professional or trade bodies.

Who are they for?

Applied General Qualifications are for Post 16 students wishing to undertake a broad study of a specific vocational area.

What Applied General qualifications are available?

Applied General Qualifications include BTECs and OCR Cambridge qualifications as well as a range of other vocational courses.

Applied General Qualifications are available in a variety of vocational areas...

  • Agriculture, Horticulture, Environmental Conservation & Animal Care
  • Performing Arts, Arts, Crafts, Media & Publishing
  • Finance, Enterprise, Business & Law
  • Health & Social Care and Child Development & Wellbeing
  • Construction, Planning & the Built Environment
  • Engineering, Manufacturing Technologies & Transport Operations
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Leisure, Sport, Travel & Tourism
  • Retail, Hospitality & Commercial Enterprise
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Sociology & Social Policy