These courses help you to learn to do a particular job or jobs. They cover a wide range of occupational areas, such as caring, business studies, catering, tourism, hairdressing, sport, motor vehicle work, art and design, building trades – and dozens more. Many vocational courses lead to National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). Many of these also are done on a part-time basis when you’re in relevant work or on an apprenticeship.
Work related courses
These help you to develop skills and knowledge of a broad vocational area such as art and design, business, leisure, tourism, health and social care. There are courses to suit all abilities. You can study for qualifications such as BTECs, First Awards, BTEC Nationals, OCR Nationals, Diplomas and A Levels in applied subjects.
AS and A Levels are available in subjects you are used to from school (e.g. English, History, Maths) and in subjects you may not have studied before (e.g. Psychology, Law, Economics). Students on these courses usually go onto higher education. Some may go into work.