Vocational courses offer students a more practical learning programme with vocational qualifications that relate directly to job roles in industry.
Taking a vocational qualification means that you can study and gain skills in a particular area. These qualifications follow a course structure and they have an emphasis on developing practical skills and knowledge. They are usually classroom based with assessment by written and practical examinations. Employers really like the skills you will develop and they can also an ideal qualifications for entrance to Most) university courses. A triple distinction on a vocational course is the equivalent to high A Level grades. Please look at the university entrance website for vocational entry requirements for specific degree courses www.ucas.ac.uk
Offered in everything from business studies, game design, retail and health cadets at Southport College to fashion design at Central College, Liverpool.
Colleges have their own entry requirements but in general a one year BTEC Level 1 course will require GCSE grades E, a one year Level 2 will like to see a good range of GCSE's at grade D or above and a two year Level 3 ask for 4 to 5 GCSE's at grade C+. Please check with local colleges below for course specific entry requirements.
Also note that many of the sixth form colleges and schools will offer some vocational courses that you can take on their own or in combination with A Levels. Vocational courses don't tend to focus on one big end of course exam, choosing instead to assess throughout the one or two year course - this may suit you more??
Myerscough College (animals/sport/horticulture..)
The Studio School (creative media/gaming/digital tech)
Liverpool Life Sciences UTC (health/sciences)