Choosing your Vocational / Technical Course


At the College you have an unsurpassed variety of vocational courses to choose from at all levels from Foundation right up to Level 3, with over 4000 students studying full-time each year.

Vocational qualifications have been designed in partnership with employers, universities and professional or trade organisations – this means that you can develop the skills that employers want.

The experience of studying a particular vocational area can also help you make up your mind about the type of work you can see yourself doing in the future. Many students choosing a vocational route already know the job sector they want to work in and a vocational qualification can give a firm foundation for further study at a higher level as preparation for a future career.

T Levels are coming. Click here to find out more about how these new Level 3 courses can help you start your career or progress to university or an Apprenticeship.

Work Experience

If you choose a vocational course you will take part in a Work Experience Placement. The purpose of Work Experience is to give students a first-hand knowledge of work and additionally develop their employability skills. For more information see our Work Experience page.

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The Vocational Route to University

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are the equivalent of 3 A Levels and carry UCAS tariff points, so you will be able to apply to university just as A Level students do. In some cases, universities may prefer you to have studied a Level 3 vocational programme, as specialising in one subject may be what they are looking for, rather than a broad spread of A Levels. In addition to your qualifications and skills, you may also have considerable work experience to offer and this is often also taken into account in your university application.  


Outstanding Results

The College has again been celebrating the successes of our students in 2017. Our cross-college BTEC National Extended Diploma pass rate was 99.6%. 47.2% of learners achieved D*D*D* to DDD.

Student Spotlight

Oscar Munro

Art and Design - Fashion BTEC 90 Credit Diploma Level 3

Christleton High School

“I spent a year at sixth form studying AS Levels, as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but was considering product design as a possible career. Exams are not for me, and I found my motivation at sixth form suffered, so I decided to come to College to join the Extended Diploma course which would give me the opportunity to study 3D Design, Fashion and Fine Art in year one and then choose to specialise in one of the three in the second year. “I envisaged choosing the 3D Design module but after the first term I realised that the fashion module really appealed to me and I decided to choose this to specialise in. I’m really pleased I chose the fashion route and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. The tutors are very supportive and really push you to do well to achieve your maximum potential. “My final major project involved designing and creating a clothing collection. I based mine on graffiti and at the end of the course we got the chance to model our own collections on the catwalk at the end-of-year fashion show, which was an amazing and fun experience. “I have now gained a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study a degree in Fashion. If I had stayed at school I wouldn’t be where I am today with an offer of a place at university. I’m very happy that I came to the College and really appreciate the help and support I’ve had over the past two years.“

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