Many students choose vocational qualifications on their own or a mix of both academic and vocational qualifications.
Vocational qualifications lead to a job or more study
Vocational qualifications are designed to lead to a job, an area of employment and/or further study. They can be an attractive option to help prepare you for the world of work and a particular job or job sector.
Vocational qualifications and apprenticeships are being developed across most professions for example; science, law, finance, media and IT.
Vocational qualifications can help you prepare for a very specific job or give you a broad overview of a job sector.
Types of vocational qualifications include:
- Technical Level Qualifications
- Applied General Qualifications
These qualifications have been validated by employers and universities as good qualifications that will lead to jobs, apprenticeships and higher education opportunities.
What are the benefits?
Vocational qualifications are designed to meet the specific needs of employers and job sectors. This means that you will develop the skills and knowledge employers value, enabling you to become an effective employee and helping the organisation to succeed.
Studying for a vocational qualification can help you decide whether a particular job or job sector is right for you.
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…to university level study?
Although some university level courses specifically request A Levels there are lots of higher education courses, that will accept vocational qualifications too – especially if the higher education course is related to the Level 3 vocational qualification you have completed.
Applied General qualifications e.g BTECs have been recognised by many Higher Education Institutions as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of university courses either on their own or alongside other Level 3 qualifications.
So, if you know the job sector you want to work in – you can choose the vocational qualification route to a vocational degree at university and the career you are interested in.
How vocational courses prepare you for higher education.
Over half of students with vocational qualifications progress on to Higher Education after their course.
Level 3 vocational qualifications can provide you with a very effective preparation to progress to higher level study. The experience of studying a particular vocational area can also help you make up your mind about the type of work you can see yourself doing in the future.
Many people choosing a vocational route already know the job sector they want to work in and a vocational qualification can give a firm foundation for further study at a higher level as preparation for a future career.
In addition to your qualifications and skills, you may also have considerable relevant work experience and this will enable your application to stand out.
When you look at the entry requirements for a particular university course this can be shown in terms of the grades needed and/or the UCAS tariff points required.
You can find out what UCAS tariff points you will get for different qualifications.
If you have a degree subject in mind, you can check out the entry requirements required for different universities.