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Vocational Courses

Increase your employability with a vocational course.

Vocational courses (often referred to as BTEC courses) are great if you’re a hands-on learner. They concentrate on teaching you the practical skills you need to successfully transition from education to full time employment.

HSDC has a wide variety of vocational courses, offering subjects ranging from Animal Care and Engineering to Performing Arts and Public Services.

Our vocational courses are taught at both our Alton and South Downs campuses, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn using industry standard equipment.

Alton Vocational Courses

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South Downs Vocational Courses

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Our lecturers are subject experts, committed to making sure your lessons are inspiring and engaging. The vocational courses differ from traditional ‘school style’ lessons by giving you a mix of classroom based theory sessions and hands-on practical lessons. Giving you the chance to practice your skills in realistic work based environments.

In addition to being excellent teachers, our lecturers understand the skills you need to achieve your aspirations. We’re incredibly passionate about employability and give you the opportunity to meet successful alumni, attend careers events and undertake work experience – all to help you land your dream job.

Vocational courses are available at a range of levels. This means you can be confident that you’ll find a course to suit your abilities.

Entry Level
An entry level vocational course has no formal entry requirements and is ideal for you if you want to learn vocational skills whilst developing your English and maths skills.

Level 1
The Level 1 vocational qualification is equivalent to GCSE grades 3-1 (D-G). Entry requirements for a Level 1 vocational course is a pass at Entry Level or GCSE grades at 2 or above.

Level 2
A Merit at Level 2 is equivalent to four GCSEs at grade 4 (C). In order to apply for one of our Level 2 vocational courses you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or a pass in a related subject with a grade 3 in English Language and maths.

Level 3
Level 3 Diplomas are equivalent to two A Levels, and Level 3 Extended Diplomas are equivalent to three A Levels. Entry requirements for  our Level 3 vocational courses a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or a Merit in a Level 2 vocational qualification in a related subject alongside GCSEs at Level 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Many of our students who have completed a Level 2 vocational course progress on to a Level 3 course, or onto a suitable apprenticeship programme.

Upon successful completion of a Level 3 qualification, you have the opportunity to move on to Higher Education either at HSDC, university, an apprenticeship or straight into full time employment.

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