Keep your options open
For many people leaving school at aged 16, a vocational course at college is one of the many options available. Do remember that a vocational course such as the Level 3 Extended Diploma is of a similar level to three A levels and as such, can lead to progression to university. We find that many students choose a vocational course as a way of progressing to university although for many is forma an excellent step to employment.
If you are looking for a vocational course in landbased engineering, you need to look out for the following course levels and names:
This is a course for people who enjoy practical work and, in particular, repairing machines. If you have an ambition to be a practical mechanic and would like to know all there is to know about agricultural machinery, then this is the course for you. This course will appeal to you if you have a particular interest in the maintenance and repair of land-based machinery. You will spend most of your time in the workshops, with classroom time kept to a minimum.
Depending on your previous qualifications, you could opt to study either an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma. This exciting and very relevant technician level course is for people who are interested in engineering, have confidence in their own practical ability and wish to gain a qualification that will launch their career in service engineering.
You may have the option of studying the diploma over a two or three year course. The three-year course includes a work placement in your middle year. This course develops practical, multi-skilled engineers who will be capable of influencing engineering in the future.
The final year of this course includes management and academic studies to prepare you for the world of work or for Higher Education.