Studying a vocational qualification at Nelson and Colne College

Find out what a vocational qualification is, and what support you will receive by studying at Nelson and Colne College. We have a range of programmes on offer, from Catering, to Business, to Health and Social Care, and have strong links with industry to help you progress into your chosen career.

Government data has placed NCC as the top College in the area for vocational subjects, based on progress scores, and in our latest set of results we celebrated a 100% pass rate.

Why study a vocational programme?

If you already have your mind firmly fixed on a particular industry, such as Nursing, Forensic Science, Hairdressing or Engineering, then a vocational programme, including BTEC qualifications,  may be right for you.

What are vocational programmes?

Vocational courses are more closely related to the world of work, but there will still be plenty of study-based learning; the amount varies according to the course taken. Vocational courses offer a more practical approach to your studies.

Assessment can include practical assessments, coursework, portfolio work and exams.

Career plans and university…

Because vocational programmes are practical in nature, with hands-on experience, you will be in a strong position to move straight into employment.

However, you can still go to university from many vocational programmes. Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A Levels.