Types of Vocational Programmes
Vocational courses are more closely related to the world of work with a practical slant, but there will still be some study-based learning; the amount of which varies according to the course taken. Assessment can be through practical assessment, portfolio assessment (coursework), and examination. Vocational courses at this level are full-time courses.
Vocational courses tend to be quite structured, with more of the work taking place in college or on placement and perhaps less in your own time – although you will still have homework and coursework assignments to complete.
Vocational courses at Level 3 are equivalent to three A-Levels and could also lead to university.
Higher Education – We offer a combination of Honours Degrees, professional qualifications and innovative foundation degree courses which are validated by highly respected universities.
BTEC Programmes – BTECs are designed as specialist work-related qualifications and are available in a range of sectors. They can be studied at Levels 1, 2 and 3 Certificate and Diploma. The Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification is equivalent to three A-Levels.
Apprenticeships – As an apprentice, you can start work and earn a wage while studying for a qualification at Levels 2 and 3. Apprenticeships are designed so you learn the right skills and gain experience in a specific job role whilst studying on day/block release at College.
NVQs – National Vocational Qualifications tend to be completed in the workplace or a realistic work environment, where your ability to do the job is tested. Having an NVQ qualification at Levels 2 and 3, is a great way to show you have work-related skills and experience.
Foundation Learning – These programmes are available at Entry Level and Level 1. Foundation programmes teach you the skills you need for a practical career and prepare you for further study or employment.