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You will have probably heard the word ‘vocational’ or ‘BTECs’ thrown around a lot, and are wondering what it all means.

Well, vocational or BTEC, refers to one or two-year courses that allow you to choose one subject, to study full-time. The best part about these courses is that they are very practical, hands-on and enable you to spend lots of time learning the skills needed to be successful in your chosen career.

They are also entirely misunderstood! Many assume that vocational courses are not as valuable as A levels but this is completely untrue. They can still give you the opportunity to go to university, complete an apprenticeship or secure employment. Some provide the same amount of UCAS Tariff Points as A levels, with Russell Group universities accepting BTECs as entry qualifications.

In the past year alone, over 300 of our level 3 vocational students progressed to universities around the country!

Explore our wide range of vocational courses

The Complete Vocational Package

Alongside your vocational course, you will complete valuable work experience in your chosen industry, receive one-to-one support in tutorials and participate in enrichment activities.

Also, if it is required, you will study GCSE English and/or maths alongside your course.

Why choose St Helens College?

Fantastic Facilities

Our multi-million-pound campuses boast realistic, commercial learning environments.

Work Experience

Experience is key to securing your career. Take advantage of placements with employers.

Employability Skills

Develop skills valued by employers such as communication, self-management and organisation.

Become a Specialist

By focusing on one course, you will develop practical skills related to your career ambition.

Outstanding Success Rates

From 100% pass rates to results that top the national average, we have outstanding success rates.

Exceptional Progression

We have progression routes that lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.