Vocational courses - a route to career success and university

Did you know...?

  • It is estimated that by 2022, 9 out of 10 most in-demand occupations will be accessible to people with vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships and trade qualifications have existed for many generations 
  • You can study vocational courses to Level 3 (A level equivalent) and beyond. Therefore, many of our young students get places on good degree courses when they move on. And many more young people continue their studies here after level 3 - for example taking a Foundation Degree, HND or a degree-level apprenticeship.
  • Vocational qualifications are designed to ensure students are ready for a job, and are designed with employer involvement. This ensures that students receive training to meet the requirements of the relevant job sectors, and have the skills to develop a long-term, successful career.
  • Work experience is an important part of courses for school leavers at CNWL

Not sure if A Levels are for you?

A Levels are great qualifications and help many young people get on to university courses. But they are not right for everyone.

With a vocational course, you will be studying one main course, alongside English and Maths if you need to. This means you can focus on the area you like most and are best at. You specialise in the area of study where your career ambitions lie.
Many of our young students join us straight after leaving school. Those with strong GCSE results go straight onto Level 3 courses (A Level equivalent). If your GCSE results are more mixed, you may need to start with a Level 2 course (normally one year). Success at Level 2 then equips you to progress to Level 3.

Equally, lots of young people join us after a year in a school sixth form or college studying A Levels. This can be because they are not happy with their course choice or have not had success in all of their A Level courses. These students frequently find inspiration and make a great success of a fresh start in their post-16 education.

We are delighted to be able to advise young people, and parents, on vocational courses. Drop in to see us from Tuesday 22 August to discuss your options and see if a vocational course can help you achieve your goals! 

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Examples of vocational courses at CNWL

  • Science and Sports Science
  • Construction 
  • Engineering
  • Health and Child Care 
  • Public Services
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Media
  • Computing
For a full guide take a look at our courses pages here