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Vocational Courses

Up your credentials with one of our challenging vocational courses.

A two-year BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. The focus is on coursework, with a balance of hands-on practical experience and some external assessments - a great choice if you know the kind of area you want to work in. Also, vocational qualifications are widely-recognised to get you into university, apprenticeships or career employment.


If this is you:

  • I’m organised and good with deadlines.
  • I like working on a few assignments at  the same time.
  • I want to focus on one subject that relates to my chosen career.
  • I want to go on to university, get  a higher apprenticeship or a job.

You’ll need:

  • A minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English Language at grade 4 or above.
  • Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and/or English Language at GCSE grade 4 or above.

Skills & Progression Pathways

If you’re not quite ready to join a Level 3 programme, our vocational Progression Pathways allow you to study at Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2.

Whether you’ve struggled at school, lack confidence or need an extra push, these programmes will help prepare you to progress onto a higher-level vocational course, employment or an apprenticeship. Alongside your chosen subject, there is also a big focus on improving your maths and English skills.

Alternatively, if you are looking for skills-based training in an area like Hairdressing & Beauty or Construction, as part of our Skills Pathway, you’ll start your journey on a Level 1 course and progress to higher levels.

If this is you:

• I like applied learning, but I want to build my skills, knowledge and confidence first.

• Then I’d like to study a higher-level vocational or skills programme, get an apprenticeship or get a job.

Then a Skills & Progression pathway could be for you!

You’ll get to learn from industry experienced staff who have been there, done that, and got the t-shirt, whilst learning in top-class facilities with cutting-edge technology.