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What is Vocational Education?

Vocational courses, also known as Technical and Professional (TPE), have been developed in partnership with employers, in order to ensure that students learn the skills that are relevant for their industry. This type of study allows students to learn the technical and professional skills which will prove to employers that they are work-ready, whilst also offering a suite of transferrable skills, such as work experience, team work and communication.

Nationally recognised qualifications

Technical and Professional qualifications are nationally recognised and highly respected, particularly by employers. In these competitive times, having practical experience behind you can give you the edge in your job search. Qualifications include:

  • Certificates
  • Diplomas
  • Extended Diplomas
  • NVQs

There are a range of other industry specific qualifications on offer too. What you choose will depend on what subject you want to study and which level is suitable for you.

Is technical and professional right for me?

Technical and Professional courses are an excellent choice if you already have a particular career path in mind. They are also particularly suited to students who prefer the practical side of learning, rather than sitting in a classroom and studying predominantly for exams. Plus many people now find out about their ideal job after working in industry for a period of time. Our school leaver courses, in particular, offer the stepping stone into industry, allowing students a quick route to identifying their dream role.

If you are not sure what you want to do yet, it is worth finding out about a few of the courses on offer and viewing the facilities at one of our open days. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the decision-making process. You may also be suprised to see the range of subjects available to study in this way! So why not take a look?

Can a technical and professional qualification get me into university?

Yes! Progression depends on the course you choose, the level you start at, and the goals you wish to achieve. Many of the courses on offer qualify for UCAS points which you need in order to study Higher Education at university.

Other progression opportunities may include further training, apprenticeships, or employment. You will find details of possible progression clearly stated on the individual course information pages.

We also offer a course specifically to help mature students gain entry into university.

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