Last updated: 14 November 2023

Next review: 14 November 2024

Vocational courses provide qualifications related to a specific job e.g. carpenter, chef or beautician. The courses are practical and involve learning in real situations.  Examples include: Cambridge Technical, some Pearson BTEC, City and Guilds Diploma, AQA Technical, VTCT Diploma and many others.


Course dependent.

Start date

September. Some colleges have January start dates for entry (level 1) courses.


Can include coursework, skills tests, and exams

Level of study

1 to 7

Where will I study

Further education colleges, sixth form colleges, school sixth forms, and independent training providers.

Entry requirements

Set by each school and college.

Work experience

Course dependent.

Awards UCAS points

Some (course and awarding organisation dependent).

What it leads to

Apprenticeship, work, and college

Find out more

For course levels: visit the GOV.UK website

How to apply

Go to the individual school and college websites. Search for courses on the National Careers service website.