Vocational Education Myths

Myth 1 - That vocational education is for school leavers with lower GCSE results.

Technical and Professional Pathways start at lots of different levels – the higher your GCSE grades, the higher you can progress.

Myth 2 - That vocational education is “easier” than academic.

They are different. Technical and professional education works across the classroom, workshop and workplace. It is assessed and examined differently, because the learning is applied differently. “Academic” does not mean “harder”!

Myth 3 - That you can’t go to university if you choose a vocational route.

Technical and professional qualifications start at Level 2 (GCSE) go up to postgraduate level. You can go to university but you could also do a higher apprenticeship – or sometimes both!. Technical pathways offer more choice, not less.

Myth 4 - I will earn more with a degree.

This is true in many cases – but not in all. Many technical routes, such as plumbers or engineers, earn far more money, and all technical and professional routes create options for business start - up (and can earn much more money). Furthmore, a degree is not the only way of getting “degree level” skills. Construction, accountancy and law firms, for example, are now preferring higher apprenticeships because they influence the programme themselves.

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