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Vocational courses – often referred to as BTECs and diplomas – can be the most direct route to a particular career. Built around specific jobs, these courses see you developing the essential skills early in your training.

Why study a Vocational course?

Vocational courses are popular qualifications that give students a clear route to employment or university.


Alongside A Levels they are the most widely recognised qualification for admission to higher education.


Flexible class schedules include options for evening, weekend and online education. If you are trying to develop new career expertise, you can continue to work full time while going to school.


Vocational courses less focus on academic learning while these mainly give more training. This training is beneficial to learn the skills of the chosen field.

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