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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

All of our Key Stage 5 Level 3 Technical Qualifications are 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.

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. 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)



















How does this compare with A Levels?

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

Download the UVAC Factsheet for HEI >

What are universities saying about City & Guilds Technical Qualifications?

The comprehensive units offer a broad base of underpinning knowledge that is current and highly relevant to the ever changing health and social care sector , allowing students to develop clear links between theory and practice." Jane Campion, Enhanced Programme Leader for Health and Social Care Foundation Degree, University of Northampton 

 "I think this is a really exciting course for this age range , widening access is always seen as older students , but the health and social care workforces need a younger persons as well to enter through professional programmes. This would certainly meet our needs for entry top pre-registration nursing programmes." Tracey Proctor-Childs, Associate Head of School for Teaching & Learning. School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth

"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, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of England Bristol and University of the West of England Gloucester

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 >