Why study a vocational course?

20th August 2020

As students across the country receive their GCSE results today, many will still be wondering what is the best route for them. Is it A-Levels, or a more practical vocational course such as those offered at Solihull College & University Centre?

Vocational courses, such as BTECs, are popular qualifications that give students a clear route to employment or university. They are designed with the help of employers to ensure students finish ready for the workplace. They focus on teaching the specific skills needed to succeed in industry – something which is highly attractive to employers – and allows students to really focus on their passion. The courses also involve a large amount of practical work experience.

The way in which vocational courses are taught and assessed differs greatly from A-Levels. Vocational courses are largely assessed via coursework and practical projects rather than a number of big exams at the end of the year.

Vocational courses are also a great route into university. Level 3 Extended BTEC Diplomas are the equivalent to 3 A-Levels. Ninety-five per cent of higher education institutions in the UK accept BTEC students, including Russell Group universities.

Here’s what a few of our BTEC students have to say about their BTEC journeys: