Get there with a vocational qualification

20th August 2020



Students across the country are collecting their GCSE results today, but many are still undecided about their future. Will traditional academic A-Levels offer them the best chance of success, or will they be better served by a practical vocational course such as those offered at Stratford-upon-Avon College?

Vocational courses, such as BTECs, are ideal for those who wish to prepare for entry to either university or employment. Students looking to progress straight to university will be interested in Level 3 Extended Diplomas which are the equivalent of three A-Levels; 95% of higher education institutions in the UK accept vocational students, including Russell Group universities.

Meanwhile, students planning to seek employment will find their prospects greatly enhanced by the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience gained on their chosen courses. Our diplomas are devised with input from employers, so our students can be confident they will complete their course ready for the workplace.

Crucially, the assessment and teaching of vocational courses are very different to A-Levels. Vocational programmes are mainly assessed through coursework and practical projects as opposed to a series of final exams.

Here’s what a few of our vocational students have to say about their college journeys:

Find out more about the difference between vocational courses and A-Levels by watching this video made by our partner college Solihull College & University Centre:

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