Practical skills, technical knowledge and the confidence to go further

VTQs involve:

  • Studying your favourite subject full-time in a way that leads you to your dream job
  • Gaining practical, hands on experience in our classrooms, workshops, laboratories and studios
  • Learning from expert lecturers with years of industry experience
  • Completing industry placements that develop your understanding of the working environment and boost your ambitions
  • Meeting employers who will share their professional experiences and offer careers advice
  • Progressing on to university (over 500 of our Level 3 students go on to undergraduate courses each year)
  • Completing a one, two or three-year programme and moving into a job or an apprenticeship

Like the sound of a VTQ? Take a look at our list of VTQ courses.

How do VTQs work?

Each study programme focuses on your individual needs so that you continue to make progress.

There are different elements, including:

For most students this will make up the majority of their study programme. A mix of practical and theory, the qualification will stretch your understanding of the subject.
You will work towards achieving a 4-9 grade in GCSE English and Maths. If you have already achieved this, you will continue to build on your skills in these subjects.
You will undertake meaningful work experience and have the opportunity to participate in industry placements related to the vocational area of the study programme, to develop employability skills and apply your learning in real life situations.
Your programme will also include other activities designed to support and help you develop the job related skills, experience and confidence required to progress to employment or higher education. This includes activities and social development, volunteering and sport.
Alongside your programme, tutors will help you develop the skills you need to become responsible, respectful and active citizens. Through enrichment activities you will deepen your understanding of British values, develop a broader knowledge of physical and mental health and have access to impartial careers advice.