What is a vocational study programme?

The pace of change and development in the UK continues to grow and there is a great shortage of young people to take up the large number of technician level jobs which are being created. A vocational study programme will give you the skills and qualifications to get a foot on the career ladder in these vital fields, either straight from college or after university.

So what is a Level 3 vocational qualification equivalent to?

It is a qualification taken over two years, which is equivalent in size and difficulty to three A level qualifications. There are two main differences. Firstly, the qualification is assessed by assignments to include a variety of practical assessments. The assignments are given as 'open book' exercises – or coursework. There is also a component which is externally examined. Therefore these qualifications are better for you if you find examinations more difficult and did not achieve a large number of GCSEs at high grades.

Curriculum-related enrichment

All programmes include a work placement in a company related to your course where you will be able to develop your skills and find out more about the industry/sector you have chosen to study. There will also be visits to related companies and exhibitions, expert speakers, industry days and other events. Volunteer work is offered to further improve technical and employability skills.

Extra-curriculum related enrichment

Extra-curriculum related enrichment is very important as it develops you as an individual, gives you an interesting activity to talk about at interviews and may also award UCAS points. There is a wide variety of enrichment you can undertake from sporting activities which lead to coaching and/or leadership badges, music, media, volunteering, political involvement and more.