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Vocational qualifications

Vocational qualifications can include BTECs, City and Guilds Diplomas, AQA Baccalaureates, Cache Awards and University of the Arts London Diplomas

Vocational qualifications give you specialist, practical skills, knowledge and understanding of a specific job area.

They include:

  • • Lots of theory and written work, but some practical, hands-on tasks too
  • • Employability and work experience opportunities

How long does a BTEC last?

  • • Level 1 = 1 year
  • • Level 2 = 1 year
  • • Level 3* = 2 years

* Level 3 is equivalent to 3 A Levels

How is a BTEC assessed?

Most BTECs are assessed through coursework, although, on some subjects there are now some external assessment requirements.

Can I study anything else with a BTEC?

  • • Possibly GCSEs in English/maths or functional skills
  • • Possibly A Levels with a BTEC Level 3

Who might vocational qualifications be suitable for?

  • • Those who have an idea about their future career and the subject area they need to study
  • • Those who are better at coursework than exams
  • • Those who wish to keep Higher Education as an option (after Level 3)