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Technical Qualifications

City & Guilds now has 100 Technical Qualifications approved by the Department for Education (DfE) to appear on the 2019 Performance tables.

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

Updated 9 November 2017

 

City & Guilds Technical Qualifications for 14-19 year olds give learners the most up-to-date and relevant technical skills they need to succeed in their chosen career path – be that a job, university or an apprenticeship.

Select your subject from the list below and explore the range of City & Guilds Technical Qualifications.

  • Subject areas 
  • Case studies 
  • Resources and support

  • Understanding our Technical Qualifications; levels and guided learning hours (GLH)

    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 >

     

    View the latest list of all Technical Qualifications approved for DfE 2019 Performance tables

    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>

    Subject Areas

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 >

    Providers

    Find out how City & Guilds Technical Qualifications could enhance your 14-19 provision.

    Learners

    Open doors to further learning, university or a job with a City & Guilds Technical Qualification.

    Employers

    Get involved in helping to develop or support our new Technical Qualifications.