Study TechBac

City & Guilds TechBac is an exciting new practical course that has been designed, with employers, for 14-19 year olds.

The course is unique in that it combines a Technical Qualification with key workplace skills, to give you the competitive edge over other job applicants.  

The qualifications within TechBac have been recognised on par with GCSEs and A Levels, and carry UCAS points at Level 3. This allows you to progress to an apprenticeship, university or straight into a job.

 

TechBac subject areas

Click on the accordian's below to find out more about the Technical Qualifications which sit at the heart of TechBac.

Automotive

Automotive

Want to work with cars, motorcycles, quads, or other vehicles?

Our Automotive qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas within Automotive

  • Vehicle maintenance and repair 
  • Motorcycle maintenance and repair
  • Vehicle accident repair
  • Specialist tyre fitting

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • A vehicle service technician
  • A ‘fast-fit’ technician
  • Motorcycle engineer

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our Automotive qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
  • Retail Motor Industry Federation

Beauty

Beauty

Want to work in beauty, nails, theatrical and media make-up, or complementary therapies?

Our range of Beauty qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas within Beauty

There are numerous areas for you to study within our Beauty qualifications, including:

  • Nail technology
  • Media make-up
  • Beauty therapy
  • Spa therapy

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Make up artist
  • Nail technician
  • Spa therapist
  • Beauty therapist
  • Salon receptionist

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our Beauty qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology
  • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
  • Federation of Holistic Therapists

Building Services

Building Services

Want to work in electrical installation, plumbing or heating?

Our Building Services qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Building Services

There are numerous areas for you to study within our Building Services qualifications, including:

  • Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump solutions
  • Electrical Installation
  • Plumbing

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Plumber
  • Heating and ventilating engineer
  • Electrician

Employer recognition and support 

Letters of support for our Building Services qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors
  • Joint Industry Board

Business

Business (specialist)

Want to work in legal or medical administration?

Study areas in Business

The following options are available for you to study within our Business (specialist) qualifications:

  • Medical administration
  • Legal administration

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Medical administrator
  • Medical secretary or receptionist
  • Legal secretary
  • Legal administrator

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our Medical and Legal Administration qualifications have been provided by the following associations, who also helped to co-create the qualifications:

  • AMSPAR

Construction

Construction

Want to work in the creation of buildings and the infrastructure of our towns and cities?

Our Construction qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Construction

There are numerous areas for you to study within our Construction qualifications, including:

  • Shopfitting joinery
  • Stonemasonry
  • Tiling
  • Painting and decorating
  • Carpentry and joinery

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Construction design technician
  • Advanced craft architectural joiner
  • Stonemason
  • Site technician
  • Civil engineering technician

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our Construction qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • Federation of Master Builders
  • The Chartered Institute of Building 

Digital

Digital

Want to work at the forefront of cutting-edge technology?

Our Digital qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Digital

Within our Digital qualifications, you’ll be able to study:

  • Digital technologies

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Trainee network administrator/ engineer
  • Trainee application developer
  • Trainee web and social media administrator/ coordinator
  • Trainee cyber security administrator/ analyst
  • Trainee business analyst
  • Trainee telecoms/ communication engineer
  • Trainee systems administrator

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our Digital qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • Microsoft
  • Samsung
  • IBM
  • CISCO

Early Years

Early Years

Want to work with children and young people?

Our Early Years qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Early Years

Within our Early Years qualifications, you’ll be able to study:

  • Early years practitioner

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Early years practitioner

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our new Early Years qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • Bright Horizons
  • Pre-school Learning Alliance

Engineering

Engineering

Interested in exploring all the different areas an Engineering qualification lead you into?

Our Engineering qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Engineering

Within our Engineering qualifications, you’ll be able to study:

  • Engineering (general)

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Aerospace manufacturing technician
  • Electronics manufacture technician
  • Product support engineer
  • Marine engineer
  • Technical support engineer
  • Aircraft systems development technician

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our Engineering qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • Bosch
  • EDF Energy

Hairdressing

Hairdressing

Interested in helping people to look and feel their best while unleashing your creativity?

Our Hairdressing qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Hair

The following options are available for you to study within our Hairdressing qualifications:

  • Hairdressing
  • Barbering

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Cruise ship hairdresser/ barber
  • Salon hairdresser/ barber
  • Spa hairdresser/ barber
  • Hotel salon hairdresser/ barber

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our Hairdressing qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • National Hairdressers Federation
  • L’Oréal
  • Toni & Guy

Health & Care

Health and Care

Interested in improving the lives of adults needing health and social care? 

Our Health and Care qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Health and Care

There are numerous areas for you to study within our Health and Care qualifications, including:

  • Health and care
  • Healthcare support
  • Healthcare support services

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Clinical health care assistant/ nursing auxiliary in a hospital or GP surgery
  • Adult care assistant/ worker
  • Personal assistant to an individual needing care
  • Key workers in day services
  • Mental health support worker
  • Key workers in residential settings

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our Health and Care qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cornwall Care
  • London South Bank University

Hospitality Catering

Hospitality and Catering

Interested in the lively world of food, restaurants, bars and events?

Our Hospitality and Catering qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Hospitality and Catering

There are numerous areas for you to study within our Hospitality and Catering qualifications, including:

  • Professional patisserie and confectionery
  • Professional cookery
  • Culinary skills
  • Food and beverages services
  • Cookery and service

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Front of house supervisor
  • Restaurant or bar supervisor
  • Conference and event supervisor
  • Pastry chef
  • First commis chef or chef de partie
  • Kitchen assistant

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our Hospitality and Catering qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • Academy of Food & Wine Service
  • The Craft Guild of Chefs
  • The Master Chefs of Great Britain

Land Animal

Land and Animal Management

Interested in working agriculture, animal care, equine care, floristry or horticulture?

Our Land and Animal Management qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Land and Animal Management

There are numerous areas for you to study within in our Land and Animal Management qualifications, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal care
  • Dog grooming
  • Horse care
  • Veterinary care
  • Countryside and environment
  • Floristry
  • Forestry and arboriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Land-based technology
  • Sports and amenity turf management
  • Animal management
  • Equine management
  • Land and wildlife management

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Zoo worker (general)
  • Wildlife/ animal care assistant
  • Animal/ dog groomer
  • Pet shop assistant/ retail assistant
  • Kennel and cattery worker
  • Tree worker
  • Countryside ranger
  • Gamekeeper
  • Fishery consultancy assistant
  • Stable yard supervisor 
  • Exercise horse rider
  • Golf greenkeeper
  • Gardener/ grounds maintenance manager

Employer recognition and support 

Letters of support for our Land and Animal Management qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • NFU
  • RSPCA
  • British Equestrian Federation

Travel Tourism

Travel and Tourism

Interested in working in the exciting world of business or leisure travel and tourism?

Our Travel and Tourism qualifications are designed to give you all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Study areas in Travel and Tourism

The following options are available for you to study within our Travel and Tourism qualifications:

Progression

You can progress to further learning or onto an apprenticeship, university or to a specific job role in your sector.

Potential job roles

  • Business travel consultant
  • Travel operations executive
  • Travel agent
  • Ski chalet host
  • Resort representative

Employer recognition and support 

Letters of support for our Travel and Tourism qualifications have been provided by employers such as:

  • Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC)
  • Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)


What will I learn?

Employers want more than great technical skills. They want their employees to have the right workplace skills and attitudes, such as communication, self-development and innovation.

TechBac is designed to deliver this, and that’s why TechBac combines a Technical Qualification with our Workplace Skills programme.  To find out more about studying Workplace Skills, visit Study TechBac: the details 

Together, these two components add up to prepare you for the next step in your career, whether it’s further learning or getting a job.


71% of employers prioritise attitude in the workplace above technical ability.*

* City & Guilds Making Education Work research September 2013


Where will TechBac get me?

We’ve designed TechBac to help you progress to:

  • Further learning - Level 2 qualifications within TechBac can help you progress to the next stage or to academic courses, such as A Levels
  • Employment - If you’re 16-19, you can to go straight into a job, already armed with skills and a richer CV
  • Apprenticeship - If you’re 16-19, you can become an apprentice and ‘earn while you learn’
  • University and higher education - Level 3 qualifications within TechBac carry UCAS points, to help you progress to university.

Find out how many UCAS points you can get.

See our progression routes infographic

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Contact us

 

Education providers
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T:        01924 206709
E: Digitalsales@cityandguilds.com
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Learners

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T:           0844 543 0033
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Employers

Help with the future development of TechBac

E: 14-19recognition@cityandguilds.com

Success stories – from learners and employers

Find out what TechBac can do for you.

Opening doors through TechBac

Opening doors through TechBac 

Learners at Harrow College discuss how TechBac is preparing them for the future.

Balfour Beatty discuss City & Guilds TechBac

Balfour Beatty discuss TechBac

An employer perspective on TechBac from national construction company Balfour Beatty.

Students’ views on TechBac         

South & City College Birmingham students discuss TechBac.

Workplace Skills Team Challenge with the BBC

Workplace Skills Team Challenge with the BBC

The current Workplace Skills Team Challenge sponsors, the BBC, provide information about the challenge. 
Learning with TechBac: The new curriculum in action

Learning with TechBac: The new curriculum in action

Students at Preston’s College talk about the benefits of studying TechBac.

Employers welcome TechBac

Employers welcome TechBac                

Employers discuss the key role that TechBac will take in preparing young people for work.

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