Whilst studying a vocational qualification, you will focus on a particular industry/vocational area and cover a range of different subjects related to that area. Alongside this, you will develop transferable knowledge and skills essential to support careers in a variety of different vocational areas.

The progression levels of vocational courses

The progression levels of vocational courses

Our Vocational courses are nationally recognised, work related qualifications that give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that you will need to progress into higher education, an apprenticeship or employment.

Learning methods

A wide range of teaching and learning strategies will be used to support success in your studies, including formal class teaching, collaborative work, case studies, presentations, role-play, practical activities and independent research.


The majority of your course will be portfolio-based assessment; however, students studying at Level 2 and 3 will also be required to undertake online or paper-based external assessments for selected units.

Your assignments will be based on work related situations or activities and you could be expected to produce written reports, take part in practical assessments, role-play activities or deliver presentations.

Browse our Vocational courses

You can also download our Runshaw College Prospectus 2018/19 (large file) for information on our Apprenticeships, Vocational courses, academies and everything you need to know about Runshaw College.