Vocational qaulifications offer practical learning programmes that relate to specific job roles or employment sectors.
There are many different types of vocational qualifications in a wide range of subjects at all levels - from entry level, up to Level 8.
Vocational courses are designed to teach students in a practical way about a particular job area. This helps them to obtain the skills required to start a job, move forward in their career or go on to higher levels of education such as a university degree.
Vocational qualifications can lead to employment and also to higher education.
Some Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as BTECs, allow you to earn UCAS points towards higher education, like you would with A levels.
What is an NVQ?
An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is a work-based way of learning – which is carried out at a college, school, or workplace.
Each NVQ level involves a range of on-the-job tasks and activities that are designed to test you on your ability to do a job effectively.
You may start out by applying your knowledge to basic tasks, and progress to incorporating fundamental principles into a variety of contexts.
What is a HNC?
HNC stands for Higher National Certificate and is a qualification awarded by Edexcel in England, and a Higher National awarded by the SQA in Scotland.
What is a HND?
An HND (Higher National Diploma) is a two year course, equivalent to the first two years of university. This means a HND is a more advanced qualification than a HNC.
What is an NVQ?
An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is a work-based method of learning that you can complete at a college, school, or workplace.
Each NVQ level involves a range of workplace tasks and activities that will test you on your ability to do a job effectively.
You might begin by applying your knowledge to basic tasks, and progress to incorporating fundamental principles into a variety of contexts.
What is a Foundation Degree?
A foundation degree is the academic equivalent of two-thirds of a Bachelors degree, a Higher National Diploma (HND) and Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) - at Level 5 of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
A foundation degree will normally take two years to complete.