Why choose a vocational route to university level study?
Although some university level courses specifically request A Levels there are lots of higher education courses that will accept vocational qualifications too - especially if the higher education course is related to the Level 3 vocational qualification you have completed.
Applied General qualifications e.g BTECs have been recognised by many Higher Education Institutions as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of university courses either on their own or alongside other Level 3 qualifications.
So, if you know the job sector you want to work in - you can choose the vocational qualification route to a vocational degree at university and the career you are interested in.
How vocational courses prepare you for higher education.
Over half of students with vocational qualifications progress on to Higher Education after their course.
Level 3 vocational qualifications can provide you with a very effective preparation to progress to higher level study. The experience of studying a particular vocational area can also help you make up your mind about the type of work you can see yourself doing in the future.
Many people choosing a vocational route already know the job sector they want to work in and a vocational qualification can give a firm foundation for further study at a higher level as preparation for a future career.
In addition to your qualifications and skills, you may also have considerable relevant work experience and this will enable your application to stand out.
When you look at the entry requirements for a particular university course this can be shown in terms of the grades needed and/or the UCAS tariff points required.
You can find out what UCAS tariff points you will get for different qualifications.
If you have a degree subject in mind, you can check out the entry requirements required for different universities.
If you are interested in a higher education course next or in the future, check out the Careerpilot section HE at 18 or later.