Technical Qualifications

Our new Technical Qualifications for 14-19 year olds have been designed with employers and providers to deliver the most up-to-date and relevant technical skills.

The Department for Education (DfE) has approved our qualifications and they will appear on the 2018 performance tables. These qualifications have been recognised by the DfE as ‘on par’ with traditional academic options like GCSEs and A Levels.

Our Technical Qualifications have been designed for progression; supporting learners onto the next step, whether that’s to university, onto an apprenticeship or straight
into a job.

They can be combined with City & Guilds Workplace Skills to attain the City & Guilds TechBac, or can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications.



What Technical Qualifications are available?

City & Guilds new Technical Qualifications are available in various sizes and levels to suit the individual needs of learners.

The qualifications at Key Stage 4 (14-16) are not related to specific job roles and are usually studied alongside at least 5 GCSEs. At Key Stage 5 (16-19), the qualifications allow learners to specialise in a specific industry or prepare for a particular job. These qualifications cover a range of sectors from land and construction to hairdressing and hospitality.

Search for our Technical Qualifications using our qualification finder

Subject Areas

We've worked closely with employers and providers in the following industries to provide our new Technical Qualifications:

Automotive

Includes vehicle and motorbike maintenance and repair, and specialist tyre fitting.
Our Automotive qualifications are designed to give learners all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. 

Levels and delivery

They can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.
Levels available:
  • Key Stage 5, Level 2
  • Key Stage 5, Level 3

Employer recognition and support

Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Automotive have been provided by employers such as:

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

     

    Learner progression

    Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Automotive qualifications, whether they take them as part of City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

    Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship. 

    After completing a Level 3 Automotive qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university, or into work roles such as:

    • Vehicle service technician
    • 'Fast-fit' technician
    • Motorcycle engineer

    Find out more

    Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

    Download our provider guide to Automotive

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    Beauty

    Includes nail technology, media make-up, beauty therapy and spa therapy.

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

    Levels and delivery

    They can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.

    Levels available:

    • Key Stage 5, Level 2
    • Key Stage 5, Level 3

    Employer recognition and support

    Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Beauty have been provided by employers such as:

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

    Learner progression

    Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Beauty qualifications, whether they take them as part of City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

    Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship.

    After completing a Level 3 Beauty qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university, or into work roles such as:

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

    Find out more

    Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

    Download our provider guide to Beauty

    Building Services

    Includes plumbing, electrical installation, refrigeration and air conditioning.

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

    Levels and delivery

    They can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.

    Levels available:

    • Key Stage 5, Level 2
    • Key Stage 5, Level 3

    Employer recognition and support

    Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Building Services have been provided by employers such as:

    • Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors
    • Joint Industry Board

     

    Learner progression

    Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Building Services qualifications, whether they take them as part of City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

     

    Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship.

    After completing a Level 3 Building Services qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university, or into work roles such as:

    • Plumber
    • Electrician
    • Heating and ventilating engineer

    Find out more

     

    Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

    Download our provider guide to Building Services

    Business

    Business

    Includes legal and medical administration.

    Our Business (specialist) qualifications are designed to give learners all the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. 

      Levels and delivery

      They can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.

      Levels available:

      • Key Stage 5, Level 3
      • Key Stage 5 Level 2 qualifications are currently in development

      These qualifications were developed in collaboration with CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) and AMSPAR (Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists).

      Employer recognition and support

       

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

      • AMSPAR 
      • CILEx 

      Learner progression

      Learners can progress from a Level 3 qualification directly into employment, onto an apprenticeship or higher education.

      Legal secretary learners may wish to pursue the CILEx non-graduate route to law by progressing to Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer qualifications.

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support, can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our qualification finder 

      Download our provider guide to Business

      Construction

      Construction

      Includes tiling, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, and stonemasonry.

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

      Levels and delivery

      They can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.

      Levels available:

      • Key Stage 4, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 3

      Employer recognition and support

      Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Construction have been provided by employers such as:

      • Federation of Master Builders
      • The Chartered Institute of Building

      Learner progression

      Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Construction qualifications, whether they take them as part of the City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

      Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship.

      After completing a Level 3 Construction qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university, or into work roles such as:

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

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

      Download our provider guide to Construction

      Digital

      Includes digital technologies.

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

      Levels and delivery

      They can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.
      Levels available:
      • Key Stage 5, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 3

      Employer recognition and support

      Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Digital have been provided by employers such as:

      • Microsoft
      • Samsung
      • IBM
      • CISCO

      Learner progression

      Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Digital qualifications, whether they take them as part of City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

      Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship.

      After completing a Level 3 Digital qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university or into work roles such as: 

      • 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

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

      Download our provider guide to Digital

      Early Years

      Includes early years practitioner.

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

      Levels and delivery

      These can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.
      Levels available:
      • Key Stage 5, Level 3

      Employer recognition and support

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

      • Bright Horizons
      • Preschool Learning Alliance

      Learner progression

      Learners can move on to study A Levels, alternative higher level vocational qualifications or take an apprenticeship.

      After completing a Level 3 Early Years qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university, or into work as an early years practitioner.

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

      Download our provider guide to Early Years

      Engineering

      Includes general engineering.

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

      Levels and delivery

      These can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.
      Levels available:
      • Key Stage 4, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 3

      Employer recognition and support

      Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Engineering have been provided by employers such as:

      • Bosch
      • EDF Energy

      Learner progression

      Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Engineering qualifications, whether they take them as part of City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

      Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship.

      After completing a Level 3 Engineering qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university or into work roles such as:

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

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

      Download our provider guide to Engineering

      Hairdressing

      Includes hairdressing and barbering.

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

      Levels and delivery

      These can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.
      Levels available:

      • Key Stage 5, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 3

      Employer recognition and support

      Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Hairdressing have been provided by employers such as:

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

      Learner progression

      Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Hairdressing qualifications, whether they take them as part of City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

      Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship.

      After completing a Level 3 Hairdressing qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university or into work roles such as:

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

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

      Download our provider guide to Hairdresssing

      Health and Care

      Includes health and care, healthcare support, and healthcare support services.

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

      Levels and delivery

      These can be delivered stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac. 
      Levels available:
      • Key Stage 5, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 3

      Employer recognition and support

      Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Health and Care have been provided by employers such as:

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

      Learner progression

      Learners can progress across Levels 2 and Levels 3 of our Health and Care qualifications, whether they take them as part of City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

      Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship.

      After completing a Level 3 Technical Qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university, or into work roles such as:

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

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

       

      Download our provider guide to Health and Care

      Hospitality and Catering

      Includes patisserie and confectionery, food and beverage service, and cookery.

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

      Levels and delivery

      These can be delivered stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac. 
      Levels available:
      • Key Stage 4, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 3

      Employer recognition and support

      Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Hospitality and Catering have been provided by employers such as:

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

      Learner progression

      Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Hospitality and Catering qualifications, whether they take them as part of City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

      Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship.

      After completing a Level 3 Hospitality and Catering qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university, or into work roles such as:

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

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

      Download our provider guide to Hospitality and Catering

      Land and Animal

      Includes agriculture, equine management, floristry and horticulture.

      The land sector

      The land and environmental sector employs approximately 1.3million people in 230,000 businesses across the UK.

      The sector is forecast to need 595,000 new entrants between now and 2020.

      Developing our Land qualifications

      Our Land qualifications range from Agriculture and Equine Management to Floristry and Horticulture, and give learners an introduction to the industry.

      Levels and delivery

      • Key Stage 5, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 3

      These can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.

      Employer recognition and support

      Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Land have been provided by employers such as:

      • NFU
      • RSPCA
      • British Equestrian Federation

       

      Learner progression

      Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Land qualifications, whether they take them as part of the City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

      Learners can also move on to study A Levels, alternative vocational qualifications, or take an apprenticeship.

      After completing a Level 3 Technical Qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university, or into work roles such as:

      • 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

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our Qualification finder

      Download our provider guide to Land and Animal

      Travel and Tourism

      Travel and Tourism

      Includes business travel, and travel and tourism (general).

      Levels and delivery

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

      They can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications, or as part of City & Guilds TechBac.

      Levels available:

      • Key Stage 5, Level 2
      • Key Stage 5, Level 3

      Employer recognition and support

      Letters of support for our new Technical Qualifications in Travel and Tourism have been provided by employers such as:

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

      Learner progression

      Learners can progress through Level 2 and Level 3 of our Travel and Tourism qualifications, whether they take them as part of City & Guilds TechBac or as stand-alone qualifications.

      Learners can also study them alongside A Levels or GCSEs.

      After completing a Level 3 Technical Qualification, learners can continue directly to an apprenticeship, university or into work in roles such as:

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

      Find out more

      Further details on our qualifications; including handbooks, qualification purpose statements and letters of support can be found on the individual qualification web page, which you can find by using our qualification finder

      Levels and sizes available

      Aimed at learners aged 14-16 (Key Stage 4)

      • Level 2 – Technical Award (120 GLH)

       

      Aimed at learners aged 16-19 (Key Stage 5)

      • Level 2 Technical Certificate (360 GLH)
      • Level 2 Technical Certificate (450 GLH)
      • Level 3  
        • Advanced Technical Certificate
        • Advanced Technical Diploma (450 GLH)
        • Advanced Technical Diploma (540 GLH)
        • Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 GLH)
        • Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080 GLH)

      GLH = Guided Learning Hours

      Suitability for learners aged 19+

      Our Key Stage 5 Technical Qualifications can also be used for adult learners under the FE Loans system. For more information visit our funding pages


      What are the progression routes?

      Our Key Stage 5 Technical Qualifications have been designed to help learners progress down various pathways, whether it’s into further learning, straight into a job or an apprenticeship or on to university  from Level 3. These qualifications can also be used alongside traditional academic options like GCSEs and A Levels to help create a more flexible approach to learning.

      Progression routes infographic

      Progression routes

      Opening doors to jobs

      Our new Technical Qualifications have been developed with, and supported by, employers to ensure they give young people the skills they need to succeed at
      their job.

      Employers such as Microsoft, RSPCA and Bosch have given their support. Specific letters of support from employers for each qualification can be found on the individual qualifications page on our site.

      View a letter of support from Samsung.

      Opening doors to higher education

      Our new Level 3 Technical Qualifications have been approved by UCAS to carry university admission points. We also have endorsements from key universities like London South Bank University and the University of Northampton.

      'The content of this course will allow students theoretical and practical experience, which could inform and support their decision to apply for a nursing degree as well as preparing them for the degree. We would welcome applicants with this qualification to apply for our programmes.'

      Dr Rachel Sales, Associate Head of Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of England


      How many UCAS points do they carry?

      All of our new Level 3 Technical Qualifications have now been approved by UCAS to carry admission points to support university applications. Learners studying for the full City & Guilds TechBac will also be able to attract UCAS points for the Extended Project Qualification.

      This means that learners studying these qualifications will not only be able to progress onto apprenticeships and into work, but also on to university.

      The UCAS system recognises classes of qualifications rather than individual subjects. UCAS points for a particular size and type of qualification therefore apply to all subject areas. The Level 3 City & Guilds Technical Qualifications in the table below have allocated points for each grade.

      ucas-points-conversion-table

       

      ucas-comparison-table

      New UCAS tariff for 2017

      A new tariff will replace the current tariff for all students and for all qualifications carrying UCAS points from September 2017.

      This will affect students currently in year 12 or in  the first year of 6th form. View a conversion table to see what’s changing.

       

      How does this compare with A Levels?

      Receiving UCAS points for our City & Guilds Qualifications is extremely important as it gives young people more choice with equal recognition of both vocational and academic qualifications. For example, a City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) provides the equivalent UCAS points as 3 A* Levels.


      What are the benefits?

      City & Guilds new Technical Qualifications offer a range of benefits to providers, employers and learners.

      Benefits to education providers

      • Aligned to the latest education reforms in England including the DfE’s new design principles
      • Approved for funding under Section 96
      • Supports your learners whatever the next step, whether that is further learning, university,  apprenticeship or into a job
      • Flexible progression options across the different levels and stages
      • Highly practical and engaging course that drives tutor and learner engagement
      • Teaching and learning resources such as schemes of work, sample assessments and digital learning
      • Assessments prepared by City & Guilds with full support for staff delivering the qualification so they can keep their focus on teaching and learning

      Benefits to learners

      • Flexible sizes to meet your individual needs, allowing you to study alongside other qualifications
      • Opens doors to further learning, employment, university and beyond, keeping your options open
      • UCAS points applicable at Level 3 to support progression to university
      • Hands-on practical learning that helps you feel prepared for the workplace
      • Recognised by leading employers and carrying the City & Guilds mark of quality, giving you a competitive edge

      Benefits to employers

      • Developed under extensive consultation with employers to reflect current industry skills needs
      • Qualifications that are recognised by the Government to create a highly talented young workforce
      • Emphasis on practical skills and not just theory
      • Supported by 137 years of expertise in setting the skills standard
      FE College - Preston’s College

      FE College - Preston’s College

      Preston’s College was one of the first FE colleges to begin delivering our Technical Qualifications; offering TechBac to Construction and Early Years students in September 2014.

      “Finally there is a qualification that recognises true skills development in a technical and vocational learning package that meets the needs of the labour market. It is key to building the workforce of the future in a collaborative employer-education partnership.”
      Chris Wood, Vice-principal for excellence and learning at Preston’s College.

      Andrew Gadson, Learning and Development Manager, Preston’s College, reveals how the new Qualifications are putting an emphasis on practical learning:
      “The one thing that TechBac really manages to do for us is to inject that skills based delivery into the qualification where what we are talking about isn't just the theoretical knowledge that is removed from its application in the real world, but is actually embedded in everything the qualification asks for. It's about actually showing how you are going to do it when you get into the world of work and I don't think there's a real substitute for that kind of experience.”

      Employer - Balfour Beatty

      Employer - Balfour Beatty

      “The new style curriculum is very, very good, it’s an opportunity for young people to actually develop themselves, their communication skills and how they portray themselves.

      The key benefit for the business is to ensure that we have the skills necessary within the construction industry and within Balfour Beatty. We certainly will recommend this to other employers, in fact we also ensure that our supply chain has been brought into this process. We really try to play our part in developing young students as well as apprentices and giving them the opportunity to grow.”
      Adrian Berg, Project Manager, Balfour Beatty.

      Providers

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