Vocational study programmes, such as BTEC and NVQs are practical and hands on. Choosing this type of course will enquip you with skills in a specific sector or trade. Your progress in assessed through projects and practical work and contact with employers is frequent to ensure you build your skills and knowledge ready for the real world.
If you’re practical, hands-on, don’t like exams and want to focus on one subject area, then a vocational route could be right for you. Successful completion of a vocational study programme can lead to higher level study programmes, university, an apprenticeship or straight into work.
Name: Sheridan Mordew
Studied: Level 3 Business (BTEC)
Now: A personal fitness trainer and owner of her own business – www.shape-up-with-sher.com
“I was originally inspired by my parents, who both have run their own businesses. I enrolled on the course at Gateshead College to learn more about business and how to run one independently and successfully. I always wanted to be my own boss so I could push myself, make my own decisions and be in charge of my own workload and earnings.
“My college course taught me a lot about different aspects of business, including how to manage finances, how to market your product or service and when to expect busy and quieter times for different industries.”