Vocational Qualifications Northern Ireland
Vocational qualifications offer relevant, practical skills and are a valued different route to more traditional paths to higher education qualifications. They also offer the chance to develop the skills employers need and open up the potential for better paid jobs.
Vocational Qualifications are offered at different levels and in a range of subject areas from Engineering and Construction through Early Years and Health and Social Care to Cyber Security and Game Development.
Information on what the different levels mean is available here:
Higher Education Vocational Qualifications
Higher education vocational qualifications include a range of qualifications at Level 4 and 5. These qualifications can lead directly into employment or on to further study, including to undergraduate degrees.
Level 4 and 5 vocational qualifications include:
- Foundation Degrees
- HNC (Higher National Certificate)
- HND (Higher National Diploma)
- professional and technical qualifications
Further Education Colleges
Vocational qualifications are delivered through both full-time and part-time courses at the six regional colleges and the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).
Details of these Further Education colleges are listed here:
- Belfast Metropolitan College
- CAFRE (College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise)
- North West Regional College
- Northern Regional College
- South Eastern Regional College
- South West College
- Southern Regional College
By studying higher education in a college setting, you can choose to progress to degree level, or to use the skills and qualifications gained to move into the workplace.