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Study TechBac: the details

TechBac offers a unique mix of two elements: practical learning in a vocational subject with developing the workplace skills that employers demand.

There are two components to TechBac:

  • City & Guilds Technical Qualification – in your chosen subject area
  • City & Guilds Workplace Skills – needed in all lines of work

You’ll study both of these as part of your TechBac.


City & Guilds Technical Qualifications

These are high-quality practical qualifications. They’ve all been designed with employers, so that they can give you the technical skills and knowledge that employers are looking for, within your chosen subject area.

Technical Qualifications – for your success

  • Our Technical Qualifications give you hands-on practical learning to help you feel prepared for the workplace
  • They open doors to further learning, employment, apprenticeships and university; so you can keep your options open
  • UCAS points are available for Level 3 Technical Qualifications, to help you progress to university
  • Our Technical Qualifications are recognised by leading employers
  • They carry the City & Guilds mark of quality, giving you a competitive edge


Workplace Skills

Workplace Skills is a new learning experience that gives you the workplace skills, attitudes and abilities to help you succeed in the work environment.

Workplace Skills

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Workplace Skills – for your success

  • Workplace Skills will give you the confidence you need to succeed in the jobs market
  • You’ll interact directly with employers. For example, this year the BBC is sponsoring the Team Challenge
  • It teaches you the key employability skills that employers look for
  • It gives you skills and qualifications to enhance your CV
  • It gives you the opportunity to achieve a Project Qualification in your subject area. At Level 3 these qualifications carry UCAS points to enable you to progress to university
  • It gives you the freedom to learn at your own pace anytime and anywhere – our digital learning platform, Skills Zone, can be accessed from mobile phones and tablets for use at home or on the go

What will I do on Workplace Skills?

Through this programme you’ll complete:

  • MySkills elearning – rich elearning content that helps you to develop the key employability skills needed by all employers
  • Team Challenge  – a national competition that is set and judged by leading employers, such as  the BBC
  • Project Qualification – a project that helps you to develop independent study skills and involves planning, research, critical thinking, and presentation skills
  • Work Placement – if you’re 16 or over, you must do a work placement. TechBac supports you with elearning and an interactive logbook to track what you’ve learnt on your placement

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Digital tools to help you learn

Skills Zone

Skills Zone

Skills Zone is a brand-new user-friendly learning hub for Workplace Skills, available on tablets, PCs and mobiles, so you can practice and develop your skills anytime, anywhere.

Skills Zone includes an online CV Builder, so you can create a CV and showcase your achievements to potential employers.

Susanna Wright, tutor at South and City College Birmingham says:

“Students have really enjoyed getting involved with the Skills Zone, tracking their progress; they’ve really relished using placements to reinforce their learning in the classroom. It’s been useful having the Skills Zone as an extra resource, the students take ownership of their own progression through Skills Zone, also it helps that they’re building up their CV information ready for when they are making UCAS applications in the second year.”

OPen Badges

Open Badges

Open Badges are web-based ‘trophies’ of your skills and achievements, which you can showcase through your online CV to potential employers.

Your tutor will award them to you once you’ve shown you’ve learnt each of the key employability skills within Workplace Skills.

You can also manage your badges and share them through networking platforms, such as LinkedIn.

What qualifications will I get?

With a TechBac, you’ll receive the following qualifications and achievements:

  • Certificate for a City & Guilds Technical Qualification
  • Certificate for a City & Guilds Project Qualification    
  • Formal City & Guilds statement detailing your full TechBac learning
  • Open Badges (digital credentials) on your online CV to demonstrate that you’ve achieved City & Guilds Workplace Skills

What levels are available?

TechBac is available in the following levels:

  • Level 2 Introductory TechBac – for learners aged 14-16 (Key Stage 4)
  • Level 2 TechBac – for learners aged 16-19 (Key Stage 5)
  • Level 3 Advanced TechBac – for learners aged 16-19 (Key Stage 5)

Level 2 Introductory TechBac is designed to be taken alongside your GCSEs in years 10 and 11.

Level 2 TechBac and Level 3 Advanced TechBac are for post-16 study, and offer a choice of Technical Qualification sizes, so you can find the best option for your programme of study.

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