Vocational / Technical Levels

If you know what job or job sector you want to go into you may want to study a vocational qualification.

There are many different types of vocational qualifications in a wide range of subjects at all levels, from Entry Level to Level 3. Your GCSE results will determine which level you start at.

Vocational courses are designed to help you learn in a practical way, providing hands on learning in real situations for a specific career pathway. They can help you get the skills you need to start a job, progress in a career or go on to higher education.

Assessment is mainly by course work but you may also need to sit some assessments.

There are a wide range of vocational courses available including business, catering, hair and beauty, engineering, construction, media, sport plus lots more. Check out all local colleges' course guides and websites for more information.

Technical Levels (T Levels)

These are new qualifications which have been developed by universities, industry and professional associations to help address the national skills shortages. They will give students the opportunity to develop specific knowledge and practical transferable skills, with the Level 3 courses aiming to be as challenging as academic ones. There are lots of new courses in areas such as Video Games Arts and Animation and Cyber Security.

T levels will replace all other vocational courses offered by FE colleges and will be available by 2020.

Post 16 Providers

Kirk Balk Academy is ideally located for access to a wide range of post 16 providers.

Here are just a few of the main providers* our students have progressed to for vocational courses:

You can also search for the courses you are interested in and find out where you can study using UCAS Progress

*Other sixth forms are available