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Fiction VS Facts - Uncovering the myths around vocational qualifications

Lots of people have misconceptions about vocational courses, here we take a closer look at what vocational courses and apprenticeships actually involve. Can you decipher which are the facts and which are fiction? Vocational courses are for students who aren’t academic. Fiction – Vocational courses are chosen for your preferred learning style and career goals, not academic ability. Vocational qualifications aren’t as desired/favoured as A Level qualifications Fiction – Level 3 vocational qualifications are equivalent to A Levels. A Distinction* is equal to A* at A Level. Apprenticeships are a good way to earn while you learn Fact – Apprenticeships allow you to work and study at the same time. You can combine practical training in your workplace whilst studying one day a week at college, all whilst still getting paid! Vocational courses are only for construction trades only. Fiction – Vocational learning offers a variation of courses, including Applied Science and Business. Visit wvr.ac.uk/school-leaver/ to see all the courses the college offers to school leavers. You have to study A-Levels if you want to go to university Fiction – Over a quarter of university students studied a BTEC rather than A Levels. Vocational courses involve lots of practical learning Fact – Vocational qualifications consist of more hands-on training that prepares students for real world situations and jobs. With hands-on training, you can be one step ahead and secure your desired career. To find out more about our vocational courses and apprenticeships click here!