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Vocational qualifications

Why choose a vocational route to work?

Many students choose vocational qualifications on their own or a mix of both academic and vocational qualifications.

Vocational qualifications lead to a job or more study

Vocational qualifications are designed to lead to a job, an area of employment and/or further study. They can be an attractive option to help prepare you for the world of work and a particular job or job sector.

Vocational qualifications such as Alternative Academic qualifications (AAQs), T Levels and apprenticeships are available to train you for most professions for example; science, law, health care, media, IT, etc.

Vocational qualifications can help you prepare for a very specific job or give you a broad overview of a job sector.

Types of vocational qualifications include:

These qualifications have been validated by employers and universities as good qualifications that will lead to jobs, apprenticeships and higher education opportunities.

What are the benefits?

Vocational qualifications are designed to meet the specific needs of employers and job sectors. This means that you will develop the skills and knowledge employers value, enabling you to become an effective employee and helping the organisation to succeed.

If you prefer to learn in a practical way you may prefer vocational qualifications as there might not be as much written work or exams compared to A Level qualifications.

Studying for a vocational qualification can help you decide whether a particular job or job sector is right for you.

For more information speak to a Careers Advisor or explore free websites that will help you choose your post 16 options.

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