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          Vocational qualifications    
    Vocational qualifications provide a broad introduction to a particular career or industry sector - for example, manufacturing, art and design, or health and social care. Vocational qualifications can be helpful if you already know what job you want and enjoy learning practical skills.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for particular occupations. They cover all the main aspects of an occupation, including current best practice, the ability to adapt to future requirements and the knowledge and understanding to enable an employee to perform well. There are no age limits and no special entry requirements for studying towards an NVQ.

Distance learning and e-learning

E-learning can give you the freedom and flexibility to learn when and where you want and at your own pace. You can study a wide range of subjects at any level, and e-learning can be ideal if the subject you're interested in isn't available nearby. E-learning makes use of
information and communications technology to provide innovative ways to learn. Distance learning covers learning remotely on courses such as home study or 'self-study' courses, which can be combined with e-learning.

Learning for free

Many courses are free and there are lots of opportunities to learn for free online, including computer and language courses. You can also get free internet access at your local UK online centre or library.

Which courses are free ?

Free courses for everyone include literacy, language and numeracy skills:
courses to help with reading, writing and number skills
courses to improve English if it's not your first language
If you claim a benefit or rely on somebody else who claims a benefit, you may get your fees for other courses paid in full or in part.


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