Following some press coverage of the Government’s introduction of T Levels over the next few years, we would like to reassure current and future applicants that our vocational courses will run as normal in September 2020. We are proud of our course offer and the outcomes our learners achieve, allowing them to fulfil their educational and career aspirations.
Nearly a quarter of a million learners nationwide were awarded vocational qualifications in 2019.
What are Vocational Qualifications?
Vocational Qualifications are specialist work-related qualifications. They combine practical learning with subject and theory content. Many awarding bodies run these qualifications from BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council), City and Guilds, NVQs to CACHE. For example, there are over 2,000 BTEC qualifications across 16 sectors – they are available from entry level through to professional qualifications at level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study).
In FE colleges, schools and universities across the world, hundreds of thousands of students take these qualifications. They do so because these diplomas get you directly into a career, or alternatively into university and then into a career. For those already at college or university, a BTEC Higher National Diploma is the stepping stone to a full degree or again, directly into that career.
More and more students are applying to universities with vocational qualifications, which is a clear sign that institutions have recognised the value of a vocational qualification. According to an article by the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association, 95% of universities in the UK accept students with vocational qualifications, including universities from the Russell Group.
Vocational qualifications prepare students for employment; courses can develop a student’s employability skills as they offer the experience of real life practical tasks and work placements. They are well-regarded by employers as the courses enable students to develop useful hands-on skills such as time management, communication, problem solving and planning.
Employers value vocational qualifications as courses are usually industry-directed, in other words they give students industry-specific knowledge and skills which make them readily employable. Courses are developed by professional bodies and higher education experts, which guarantees that a qualified person will demonstrate the right standard of knowledge and practical skills for the role.