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Progression Routes

Progression routes

City & Guilds Technical Qualifications and TechBac offer a number of progression options for learners including apprenticeships, further study and/or straight into employment.

What progression routes are available?

Our Key Stage 5 Technical Qualifications allow learners progress to further learning, a job, apprenticeship or university. In addition, our Technical Qualifications can also be used alongside traditional academic options like GCSEs and A Levels for a more flexible approach to learning.

To see the progression routes for learners in the following sectors, please click on the relevant icon:








Health, Care and Childcare


Hospitality and Catering



Progressing into employment

From Key Stage 5, Level 3, learners are able to progress straight into a job.

Find the job roles via sector that our Technical Qualifications map on to >

Employers recognise City & Guilds as a hallmark of quality and our Technical Qualifications are no different.

Our Technical Qualifications were created in collaboration with industry-leading employers and they are continually reviewed for relevance by sector-specific experts to ensure they are truly fit-for-purpose.

View a list of employers who support our Technical Qualifications >

Progressing to university

Can I get into university with a City & Guilds Technical qualification?

Yes you can.
All City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Qualifications attract UCAS Tariff points.

A new UCAS Tariff has been introduced for HE courses starting in 2017. It is based on a new approach, using a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points.

The numbers are much lower, for example an A* gets 56 points under the new Tariff, in comparison with 140 points under the previous Tariff.

However, the value of the A-Level remains the same, and universities will use the new Tariff in their entry requirements going forward.

The UCAS tariff-points for Technical Qualifications are aligned with A-Levels depending on their grades and sizes, which will strengthen your application for an undergraduate degree in the UK.

For example, some universities require 3 A-Levels or equivalent as a requirement for some of their courses, but with the new Tariff, a City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma (GLH 1080) equates to the same size as a 3 A-Level programme of study.

A grade of Distinction* from the City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma (GLH 1080) has been allocated the same UCAS points as 3 A-Levels at A*.

For more information on our Technical Awards Level 3 qualifications UCAS Tariff Points, please visit the new Tariff Tables on the UCAS website.

What do the new UCAS Tariff points mean for me?

Although the number of UCAS Tariff points appears to be less i.e. 112 instead of 280, this is simply because the new UCAS Tariff points are based on different, lower numbers.

Overall, you will still need to achieve the same grades with any qualifications, such as your Technical Qualifications, to meet the entry requirements for the higher education course you wish to apply for.

How do Technical Qualifications compare other qualifications?

A City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma (GLH 1080) is the same size as a 3 A-Level programme of study. A grade of Distinction* from the City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma (GHL 1080) has been allocated the same UCAS points as 3 A-Levels at A*.

How do I calculate my grades?

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 Advanced Technical Qualifications Level 3.

The Level 3 City & Guilds Technical Qualifications in the table below have allocated points for each grade.

Calculate your potential UCAS points 


UCAS Points

City & Guilds Technical Qualifications


Level 3  Advanced
Technical Certificate

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma

Level 3 Advanced Extended Technical Diploma

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080)

























Other City & Guilds qualifications


Level 3 Extended Project Qualification

Using and Applying Mathematics (Core Maths)




















Note: Not all universities and colleges use the UCAS Tariff when making offers to prospective students, but if you’re concerned about whether a qualification will be accepted, it’s best to get in touch with the university or college directly for more details on their entry requirements for the particular course of interest.

Progressing to an apprenticeship

City & Guilds technical qualifications allow learners to transition seamlessly into an apprenticeships in their chosen field.

Colleges and training providers can find out more about City & Guilds apprenticeship offer here >