What is a vocational course?

Vocational courses provide training and qualifications for specific careers, they are ideal if you want to develop real-world knowledge and gain industry-specific experience and skills. The placement experience you gain will also make your CV stand out from the crowd.

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Travel student doing the health and safety announcement

What level would I start at?

There are three main levels of vocational courses. The level you start at depends on your previous qualifications. After completing one level, you may then be able to progress on to a higher level to further your education with Bury College.

Can I progress onto university?

University is a popular option for many students. The majority of vocational level 3 learners choose to progress onto higher education, studying a diverse range of courses. The type of study and assessment you experience during a vocational course is great preparation for study at university.

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Student using a level to see if a brick wall is level.

What is a work placement?

A work placement allows you to go into a work environment and put your knowledge into practice. You will gain insight into the career of your choice and develop an understanding of the world of work, preparing you for your next steps after college.

Bury College has a dedicated team of Work Placement Co-ordinators to help secure placements and gain high-quality work experience. Work placements will vary from course to course, and you may undertake a placement as part of your core provision for at least one week during each academic year. Work placements can take place on study days, during college holidays or as part of your course timetable.

How are vocational courses assessed?

Depending on your chosen course, you may be assessed by a combination of exams, practical assessments, in-class assessments, and coursework.