Vocational technical qualifications (VTQs)

VTQs are practical qualifications for over 16s. They're designed to help you get the skills you need to start your career or go on to higher levels of education.

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VTQs focus on a specific job or a broad employment area, such as childcare, engineering or IT.

They’re usually taken at a school or college. They might be for you if you have a strong interest in working in a particular industry.

Types of VTQs

There are a few different types and levels of VTQs, including:

You can see what the different qualification levels mean on GOV.UK.

The length of the VTQ will be different for each one, but the minimum length is one year.

Grades you need

Each educational provider sets their own entry requirements. The grades you’ll need to have will depend on the level and type of course you’re applying for.

Subjects you can take

There are over 2,000 different subjects available across the different VTQs.

You’re sure to find a subject in the industry or sector you’re interested in.

After your VTQ

After completing a VTQ, you can:

Finding VTQ courses

Use our course search to look for different types of learning opportunities.

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