About vocational courses and qualifications
Vocational courses relate directly to the job you’re doing (or want to do) and result in vocational qualifications (VQs). They are the hands-on courses that teach you the exact, specific skills that your employer needs you to have.
Vocational qualifications are right for people who want to:
- Learn new skills to start a job
- Get further in their current job
There are lots of options but the most popular/familiar are NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) HNCs (Higher National Certificates), and HNDs (Higher National Diplomas).
Talk to someone about vocational qualifications
If you’re 13 to 19 years old, you can contact Connexions Direct for advice about vocational qualifications. Their number is 0808 00 13 2 19.
If you’re an adult, you can get advice about vocational qualifications from Next Step. Their number is 0800 100 900.
Get help with your current vocational course…
When you’re completing a vocational course, you’ll often be
asked to produce reports, notes or coursework to back up your practical learning. Some vocational courses still require the completion of essays
or very similar projects. You may feel that you’re more ‘hands on’ and find these assignments difficult – so, if you’re struggling, try UK Essays.com, a really useful website from Nottingham-based company All Answers Limited. Whatever you’ve been asked to do, they can help you as little or as much as you like, and you’ll get the service of a seasoned professional in the vocation that you’re learning, so you can be sure that the help you get is spot on.