Choosing a career-based training course
Choosing a career-based
If you know what career you want to do you can almost certainly be trained to do it and provided
with the practical and academic qualifications you need in the United Kingdom (UK). Practical
courses, based on the skills you need, are offered by further education colleges, higher education
institutions, learning providers and independent colleges. You can choose whether to improve your
existing work skills or get a qualification useful to your current or future career. Qualifications range
from very basic to university level. You can do almost anything at a UK institution, from agriculture
to office skills.
Checklist: Why study a career-based training course in the United Kingdom?
The UK is a safe and stable country in which to live and study.
• UK institutions teach courses that will lead you to internationally recognised qualifications.
• Choosing to study in the UK will also bring you into constant contact with English, the language of international
business, commerce and technology and many institutions help students who need to develop their language
Further education institutions, where many career-based training courses are run, are known for their friendly
and caring environment – many of these are state-funded, and therefore charge lower fees than independent
institutions, without compromising the quality of tuition.
A great advantage of further education institutions is the all-round diversity they offer. Students are
of all ages and will be studying for many different reasons. In state institutions, most students are
from the UK. In independent institutions, there are more students from other countries and classes
are smaller, the courses often being designed around the students themselves.
1 What can I study?
National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
A wide range of vocational qualifications are accredited in the National Qualificat