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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 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 authentic industry skills to show you how to do specific jobs.


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


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


Vocational programmes are perfect for preparing you for your next step in higher education.

What are the benefits of studying for vocational qualifications?

We develop our vocational courses in partnership with employers and professional organisations, which means you’ll learn the skills employers need – excellent for your CV and career.

You’ll develop real-life skills and valuable theory from a more practical approach instead of more traditional routes (like A-levels), which will help you leave your education ready for your next steps.

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Employer Engagement

At Suffolk New College, we focus on employability and ensuring our learners leave College with top qualifications and work-ready, equipped with the skills employers want.

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 invaluable industry placements.

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