Vocational Route

If you want to jump on the career ladder and begin earning, a vocational course at Suffolk New College could be the launch pad you need.

Ipswich’s leading Further Education provider delivers courses to more than 2,500 young people, taught in industry-standard facilities by tutors with years of experience in their particular field.

The College prides itself on being a fast-track into employment for those who want to start their career sooner rather than later. The focus from day one is on ensuring that students are equipped with the skills local employers need so they can hit the ground running as soon as they enter the world of work.

And with the economy still in recovery, that ability to fully understand the requirements of the job has never been more crucial.

It’s an exciting time for vocational education, with the profile of the sector skyrocketing in recent years, largely driven by firms’ urgent need for skilled young people.

But it’s not just those who want to go straight into employment who benefit from vocational education. Figures have revealed a sharp increase in the number of university applicants with a BTEC qualification. Last year, statistics released by admissions body UCAS showed the percentage of 18-year-olds with a BTEC applying for undergraduate study grew by 18%.

Progression Agreement with the University of Suffolk

University of Suffolk has been developing agreements with a small number of schools and colleges in order to support and encourage Suffolk students to progress to higher education.

It means students who achieve a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business at Suffolk New College will be able to benefit from a guaranteed place at University of Suffolk if entry requirements are met.

This will enable students to progress to one of the undergraduate degree programmes within the Suffolk Business School, namely BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management, BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) Event Management, BA (Hons) Event and Tourism Management, BA (Hons) Tourism Management.

Activities will include: visiting University of Suffolk for taster events and guest lectures; working together to review assessment methods to help prepare students for academic level and developing curriculum to meet employer needs.

Teams from Business at Suffolk New College meet with teams from the Suffolk Business School at University of Suffolk to discuss a range of activities to raise students’ awareness of the benefits of Higher Education and how to access this.

Professor Simon Hallsworth, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Art, Business and Applied Social Science at University of Suffolk, added: “By offering students a guaranteed place at University of Suffolk, progression agreements not only cement the positive links we at University of Suffolk have with our local schools and colleges, they make the journey into higher education far more comprehensible and easier to navigate for students.”


Suffolk New College is also the home of apprenticeships, offering a range of schemes, including Automotive, Business and IT, Childcare and Education, Sport and Leisure, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Plumbing, and Hospitality.

The return on an apprentice far outweighs an employer’s initial investment: 80% of employers who take on apprentices say that they make their workplace more productive, 67% say they reduce recruitment costs and 83% appoint them to skilled jobs when they’ve qualified.

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