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Technical Qualifications

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City & Guilds now have 98 Technical Qualifications approved by the DfE to appear on the 2019 Performance tables.

Find out the new qualifications available to deliver from September 2017 >

 

Our new Technical Qualifications for 14-19 year olds give learners the most up-to-date and relevant technical skills so they can hit the ground running in their chosen career path – be that a job, university or an apprenticeship.


Why choose City & Guilds Technical Qualifications

Education Providers

  • Largest range of Technical Qualifications approved by DfE – eliminate unnecessary admin time by using one Awarding Organisation for all your sectors.
  • Wrap-around support service with access to sector-specific Technical Advisors, guidance resources, sector-specific Curriculum plans, events and tools to minimise the pain of admin
  • Tutors have time to teach and spend less time assessing and marking due to shift to external end assessments and synoptic assignments.
  • Competence certificates built into qualifications that require them
  • Flexible progression options across the different levels and stages so learners can keep their options open
  • All courses are highly practical meaning that learners and tutors are fully engaged
  • Wide range of additional teaching and learning resources available (at Key Stage 5) such as schemes of work, sample assessments and digital learning to allow you to maximise efficiency
  • Assessments are prepared by City & Guilds with full support for staff delivering the qualification so they can keep their focus on teaching and learning

Learners

  • Course content is modern and up-to-date so you could slot right in to a job today.
  • 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 help you feel prepared for the workplace
  • Recognised by leading employers and carrying the City & Guilds mark of quality, giving you a competitive edge

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 138 years of expertise in setting the skills standard

What Technical Qualifications are available?

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

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

  • Not related to specific job roles and are usually studied alongside at least 5 GCSEs

Sizes available

  • Technical Award (120 GLH)

Sizes available

Level 2

  • Technical Certificate (360 GLH)
  • Technical Certificate (450 GLH)

Level 3

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

Available across 13 different sectors.  Find out more >


GLH = Guided Learning Hours

Download a list of all Technical Qualifications approved for 2019 Performance tables

Download a list of all Technical Qualifications approved for 2018 Performance tables

Please note that we are expecting results of further submissions of Technical Qualifications to be approved for the 2019 Performance Tables in April and June 2017.

Suitability for learners aged 19+

Our Key Stage 5 Technical Qualifications can  be used for adult learners under the FE Loans system. Find out more>

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.

Qualifications available

Key Stage 4 (14-16)

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

 


Employer recognition and support

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


Learner progression

After Key Stage 4 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 2 Automotive Technical Qualifications
  • Additional GCSEs
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Automotive Technical Qualification
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

View the full list of Automotive Technical Qualifications and find out more >

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Beauty

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

Levels and delivery

Key Stage 4 (14-16)

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 2 Level 2 Level 3


Employer recognition and support

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


Learner progression

After Key Stage 4 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 2 Beauty Technical Qualification
  • Additional GCSEs
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Beauty Technical Qualification
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Potential Job roles include:

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

View the full list of Beauty and Complementary Therapies Technical Qualifications and find out more >

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Building Services

Includes plumbing, electrical installation, refrigeration and air conditioning.

Levels and delivery

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 2 Level 3

 


Employer recognition and support

  • Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors
  • Joint Industry Board


Learner progression

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

 
  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 2 Beauty Technical Qualification
  • Additional GCSEs
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

 

Potential Job roles include:

  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Heating and ventilating engineer

View the full list of Building Services Technical Qualifications and find out more >

Download our provider guide to Building Services

Business

Business

Includes medical administration.

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

Levels and delivery

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 2 Level 3

Employer recognition and support

  • AMSPAR


Learner progression

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

 
  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Business Technical Qualification
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications 
  • Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

 Potential jobs roles include:

  • Business Support
  • Medical Secretary
  • Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer qualifications

View the full list of Business Services Technical Qualifications and find out more >

Download our provider guide to Business

Construction

Construction

Includes construction in the built environment, bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, painting and decorating and plastering.

Levels and delivery

 Key Stage 4 (16-19)

Key Stage 5 (16 -19)

Level 2  Level 2 Level 3


Employer recognition and support

  • Federation of Master Builders
  • The Chartered Institute of Building


Learner progression

After Key Stage 4 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 2 Construction Technical Qualification
  • Additional GCSEs
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Construction Technical Qualification
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
 
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Potential Job roles include:

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

View our full list of Construction qualifications and find out more>

Download our provider guide to Construction

Digital and IT

Includes digital technologies.

Levels and delivery

Key Stage 4 (14-16)

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 2  Level 2 Level 3


Employer recognition and support

  • Microsoft
  • Samsung
  • IBM
  • CISCO


Learner progression

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

 
  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Digital Technical Qualification
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

 

Potential job roles include:

  • 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

View the full list of Digital Technical Qualifications and find out more >

Download our provider guide to Digital Technologies

Early Years

Includes early years practitioner.

Levels and delivery

Key Stage 5

Level 3


Employer recognition and support

  • Bright Horizons
  • Preschool Learning Alliance


Learner progression

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

 

  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Potential job roles

  • Early years practitioner

View the full list of Early Years Technical Qualifications and find out more >

Download our provider guide to Early Years

Engineering

Includes general engineering.

Levels and delivery

 Key Stage 4 (14-16)

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 2  Level 2 Level 3


Employer recognition and support

  • Bosch
  • EDF Energy


Learner progression

After Key Stage 4 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

 
  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 2 Engineering Technical Qualification
  • Additional GCSEs

  • Other vocational qualifications

  • Apprenticeships

  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Engineering Technical Qualification
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Potential job roles include:

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

View the full list of Engineering Technical Qualifications and find out more >

Download our provider guide to Engineering

Hairdressing

Includes hairdressing and barbering.

Levels and delivery

Key Stage 4 (14-16)

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 2  Level 2 Level 3

 

Employer recognition and support

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


Learner progression

After Key Stage 4 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 2 Hairdressing Technical Qualification
  • Additional GCSEs

  • Other vocational qualifications

  • Apprenticeships

  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Hairdressing Technical Qualification
  • A Levels

  • Other vocational qualifications

  • Apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Potential job roles include:

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

View the full list of Hairdressing Technical Qualifications and find out more >

Download our provider guide to Hairdressing

Health and Social Care

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


Levels and delivery

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 2 Level 3

*Subject to DfE Approval


Employer recognition and support

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


Learner progression

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

 
  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Health and Social Care Technical Qualification 
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Potential job roles include:

  • 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

View the full list of Health and Social Care Technical Qualifications and find out more >

Download our provider guide to Health and Social Care

Hospitality and Catering

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


Levels and delivery

Key Stage 4 (14-16)

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 2 Level 2 Level 3

 


Employer recognition and support

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


Learner progression

After Key Stage 4 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3: 

 
  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Hospitality & Catering Technical Qualification
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships

  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Hospitality and Catering Technical Qualification
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Potential job roles include:

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

View the full list of Hospitality & Catering Technical Qualifications and find out more >

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.

 

Levels and delivery

Key Stage 4 (14-16)

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 2 Level 2 Level 3

*Subject to DfE Approval


Employer recognition and support

  • NFU
  • RSPCA
  • British Equestrian Federation


Learner progression

After Key Stage 4 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 2:

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 2 Land-based Technical Qualification
  • Additional GSCEs

  • Other vocational qualification

  • Apprenticeships

  • City & Guilds Key Stage 5 Level 3 Land and Animal Technical Qualification
  • A Levels
  • Other vocational qualifications
  • Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Potential job roles include:

  • 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

View the full list of Land and Animal Technical Qualifications and find out more >

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

Key Stage 5 (16-19)

Level 3

 


Employer recognition and support

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


Learner progression

After Key Stage 5 Level 3:

 
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Potential job roles include:

  • Travel operations executive
  • Travel agent
  • Ski chalet host
  • Resort representative'

View the full list of Travel and Tourism Technical Qualifications and find out more >

Case Studies

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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Learners

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Employers

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