We’ve all heard of the division between vocational courses and academic ones.
Broadly speaking, vocational courses take practical and hands-on approaches, teaching skills like plumbing, programming and film editing. Academic courses tend toward the theoretical, and consider more traditional subjects like literature, history and maths.
But, as is usually the case, this separation - and the associated preconceptions - isn’t all so black and white.
In recent years, vocational offerings have expanded and diversified hugely. You can find courses all the way up to doctorate level, and spanning fields from designing theatre sets to building space ships.
The wide variety of vocational courses on offer, paired with the increasingly competitive job market, mean that this option is becoming more and more popular. After all, a vocational qualification teaches students the practical skills they need to start climbing the professional ladder as soon as they graduate, and can be a great way of standing out to employers.
If you’re seeing more of your students consider vocational options and want to know more about how they work, we’re here to help.
In this article, we delve into the myths and nuances of the vocational vs academic debate, and answer some of the questions students are likely to have. What does a vocational course look like? How are these courses different from more traditional degrees? And what should students consider when choosing between an academic and a vocational pathway?