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Vocational qualifications

Vocational qualifications at 16

Many school sixth forms offer a range of vocational courses like Applied General Qualifications, and Cambridge Technical qualifications. 

Further Education Colleges offer a large range of vocational courses at all levels. 

By applying learning to real-life situations, these qualifications offer a more practical approach than traditional A-Level academic courses.

Different types of vocational qualifications

  • Vocational subjects - related to a broad employment area such as business, engineering, IT, health and social care. Previously called BTECs and OCR Cambridge Nationals, if they are at Level 3 these are now called Applied Vocational Qualifications. These courses are offered in schools and colleges.
  • Vocational courses - that lead to specific jobs such as hairdressing, accounting, professional cookery or plumbing. These courses are called Technical Level Qualifications [Tech Levels] and are offered mostly at colleges.
  • Apprenticeships - apprenticeships offer training for a job while working for an employer, alongside study for an associated qualification. You get paid as you learn.

Get the low down on vocational qualifications by visiting some of the information pages listed below: 

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