Vocational Study Programmes?

Diplomas, BTECs and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are designed to help you learn in a practical way about a specific job area.

They can help you get the skills you need to start a job, progress in a career or go on to higher levels of education. Teaching is through project work and taught by tutors with industry experience.

Vocational courses are work-related qualifications and are the equivalent to GSCE (Levels 1-2), A-levels (Level 3) and university degrees (Level 4-7).

Unlike traditional modes of study, Vocational courses provide a fine-tuned mix of theoretical and practical work to serve as a suitable choice for a wide range of students. They serve a practical and real-world approach to learning, ensuring students have the experience of the working world without having sacrificing any of the essential theory.

The skills developed give learners a wide variety of options available upon completion of their course, ranging from the working world, university-level courses or even an advanced vocational course.

Vocational course is a fantastic choice for a number of reasons. Not only are they held in high regard by schools, colleges, universities and employers the world over, they've also been developed collaboratively by key industry representatives and the sector skills council; this means that the content is up-to-date alongside key developments in the industry.

Finally, the structure means it's fantastic for those who feel pressurised by exams through the traditional mode of study. A number of units are based on real-life work experiences, providing an alternative opportunity to show your skills and knowledge.

Vocational qualifications are available in seven levels ranging from Introductory Diplomas and Certificates to Advanced Diplomas, Certificates and Awards.

Within each level, the qualifications are available in a range of sizes, taking different amounts of time to complete.

Level 1 - Introductory Diplomas and Certificates.

The Level 1 courses help to provide the basic knowledge and skills needed to do a certain job.

Level 2 - First Diplomas and Certificates

Slightly more advanced, the Level 2 offers a higher level of knowledge and understanding of a subject, as well as the ability to perform a variety of tasks with guidance or supervision. This experience can be vital when applying for jobs.

Level 3 - Diplomas, Certificates and Awards, and Nationals

This level allows the learner to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding, at a detailed level. It could be appropriate if you plan to go to university, work independently, or (in some cases) supervise and train others in their field of work.

Level 4 - Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Requiring specialist knowledge, Level 4 courses typically involve detailed analysis and expert knowledge in an area of work or study. This level of course is appropriate for those working in technical or professional jobs, management or even training others.

Level 5 - Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Involving an even higher level of expertise and providing the learner with a competence in managing and training others, this level aims to further develop a knowledge and understanding in a particular field. It also gives appropriate experience so the learner can respond appropriately to complex problems and situations, making it a perfect level for those looking to become a higher grade technician, manager or other role in a professional capacity.

Level 6 - Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Level 6 Vocational Courses ensure the learner can develop a high-level knowledge in an area of work or study, enabling them to use their own ideas and research in response to troublesome situations. We recommend this level for those in professional management positions or those working alongside knowledge-based professionals.

Level 7 - Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Level 7 is currently the highest level of study in the Vocational programme, and upon completion learners are highly developed and hold a complex level of knowledge in their desired field. It’s an appropriate course for both managers and professionals at a senior level, particularly as the skills offered enables the learner to develop original responses to unpredictable situations.

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Below is a list of Level 3 Vocational courses. To search for Vocational courses at all levels click below.

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Animal Care

Land Based Studies - Animal - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB132
Animal Care - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB043
Animal Management - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB044

Art & Design

Art & Design - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB045
Art & Design - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT024
Creative Digital Media Production - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB268
Art & Design - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB047
Art & Design - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT025
Art & Design (Foundation Diploma) - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT026
Creative Digital Media Production - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB265
Art & Design (One Year) - Level 3/4 - North Devon - FTB046

Business, Computing and Finance

Business & Employability Skills - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB057
Introduction to IT - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB283
Accounting (and Business) - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB225
Business with Enterprise - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB058
Business & Administration BTEC Technical - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB294
Information & Creative Technology - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB061
Business with Enterprise - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT032
IT & Computing - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT034
Business - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB059
Information Technology - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB062
Business - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT033
Creative Digital Media - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT199
IT & Computing - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT035

Construction and Plumbing

Construction Multi-Trades - Entry Level 3 - North Devon - FTB156
Bricklaying - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB118
Carpentry & Joinery - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB123
Furniture Making - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB234
Painting & Decorating - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB063
Plastering - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB177
Plumbing Studies - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB096
Plumbing Studies - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT060
Bricklaying - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT074
Carpentry & Joinery - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT080
Construction Skills - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT119
Bricklaying - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB121
Furniture Making - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB140
Painting & Decorating - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB064
Plastering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB120
Plumbing Studies - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB097
Wood Occupations - Bench Joinery - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB124
Wood Occupations - Site Carpentry - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB125
Plumbing Studies - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT061
Bricklaying - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT198
Carpentry - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT082
Joinery - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT200
Architecture, Surveying & The Built Environment - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB056
Architecture, Surveying & The Built Environment - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT201

Education, Childcare & Social Care

Engineering, Electrical

Electrical Installations - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB068
Electrical Installations - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB069
Engineering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB070
Electrical - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT041
Engineering - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT202
Engineering - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB071
Engineering - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT155

Flexible Learning

Career Skills - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB087
Entry to Employment - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB086
Guidance & Transition - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB085
Prince's Trust Team Programme - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB164
Entry to Employment - Entry Level - Mid Devon - FTT054
Career Skills 1 - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT055
Career Skills 2 - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT147
Prince's Trust Team Programme - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT203
Traineeships - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT088

Hair and Beauty 

Hair & Beauty - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB218
Barbering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB219
Beauty Therapy - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB049
Hairdressing - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB165
Make-up Retail and Artistry - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB050
Beauty Therapy - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT027
Hairdressing - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT046
Advanced Barbering - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB335
Advanced Hairdressing Level 3 - North Devon - FTB077
Body and Spa Therapy Level 3 - North Devon - FTB210
Media Make-up & Hair Level 3 - North Devon - FTB139
Beauty Therapy - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT186
Hairdressing - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT204
Nail Technology - Level 3 Mid Devon - FTT029

Hospitality & Catering

Hospitality & Catering - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB081
Hospitality & Catering - Level 1 - Mid Devon - FTT050
Hospitality & Catering - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB082
Hospitality & Catering - Level 2 - Mid Devon - FTT051
Hospitality & Catering - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB084
Advanced Professional Cookery - Level 3 - Mid Devon - PTT162

Motor Vehicle

Music & Performing Arts

Performing Arts - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB093
RSL Music Practitioners - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB088
Performing Arts - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB094
Performing Arts (Dance) - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB095
RSL Music Performance - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB089
RSL Music Technology- Level 3 - North Devon - FTB090

Public Services

Active Studies - Level 1 - North Devon - FTB134
Public Services - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB098
Public Services (Uniformed) - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB099

Science & Sports Science 

Biomedical Science - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB100
Applied Science - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT064
Sport & Exercise Science - Level 3 - Mid Devon - FTT156

Sport, Health & Fitness

Supported Learning

Preparation for Adulthood - Entry Level - North Devon - FTB300
Progression into Adulthood - Entry Level - North Devon - FTB301
Project Search - Entry Level - North Devon - FTB244
Supported Internship - Entry Level - North Devon - FTB243
16-18 Transition - Entry Level - Mid Devon - FTT067
17+ Project Life - Entry Level - Mid Devon - FTT066
Project Life Supported Internship 17+ - Entry Level - Mid Devon - FTT131

Travel & Tourism

Travel & Tourism - Level 2 - North Devon - FTB116
Travel & Tourism - Level 3 - North Devon - FTB117

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