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Vocational qualifications are practical qualifications that relate to a specific job or career sector.

Unlike more academic courses like A-levels, they combine a mix of theory and practical learning and you’ll also get an industry placement.

Learn industry skills

Learn and create in our outstanding workshop facilities and studio space

Practice based learning

Refine your skills and find your own personal style

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Why study a Vocational course?

Vocational courses are popular qualifications that give students a clear route to employment or university. They are designed with the help of employers to ensure students finish ready for the workplace.


You will learn real industry skills designed to show you how to do a specific job


A two-year full-time Level 3 programme is equivalent to three A Levels


A Vocational route if ideal If you enjoy practical, hands-on learning


Can prepare you for your next step on to higher education

What are the benefits of studying for vocational qualifications?

Our vocational courses have been developed in partnership with employers and professional organisations, which means that you’ll be learning the skills that employers need – great for your CV and career.

You’ll develop real-life skills as well as learning theory, and there will be a more practical approach compared to traditional courses like A-levels, which will help you to leave education ready for your next steps.

Brickwork lecturer demonstrating skill to male learner.

Employer Engagement

At Suffolk New College we put a real focus on employability and making sure our learners leave College not only with a top qualification, but work ready and equipped with the skills employers really want.

In order to do this the College works closely with local, regional and National businesses to gather valuable expert advice to inform our curriculum offer and to provide our learners with the opportunity to interact with some of the best employers in the country gaining valuable industry placements.

Employer from the Royal Air Force talks to public services learners.