Our Level 3 vocational courses are qualifications that provide an alternative method in which to gain the essential skills and knowledge for future study or careers.
Vocational courses are a flexible, practical approach to study which are assessed through a series of assignments rather than external examinations. From September 2017 vocational courses will include an externally examined unit.
Teachers can create assignments that assess students in a variety of ways. These could be written or activity based and give students the chance to demonstrate their learning in a real life context.
For some courses students can apply their knowledge and skills through work or practical experience.
Level 3 Vocational course options
You can study a vocational qualification in two ways:
1. Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level). Extended Certificate qualifications can be studied alongside A Levels or another Extended Certificate.
2. Extended Diploma Level 3. An Extended Diploma is a full time, two year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. You can choose to study an additional A Level in another subject if this is educationally relevant to your Study Programme.
Progress with a Level 3 vocational course
Vocational courses open doors to Higher Education. They are recognised by all universities in the UK as valid for entry onto academic degree courses. Vocational courses are graded from Distinction* to Pass and carry equivalent UCAS tariff points to A Levels. Alternatively, if you wish to go straight into work or an apprenticeship, vocational courses will give you a solid foundation of work skills needed within your chosen sector and are welcomed by employers.