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Explanation of qualification types

Technical Qualifications

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.

Our Technical Qualifications have been developed in consultation with employers and industry bodies to ensure the qualifications are fit for purpose and meet the needs of businesses.

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Workplace Skills

This programme builds and recognises learner 'soft' transferable skills through our e-learning platform Skills Zone.

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TechBac combines both a Technical Qualification and Workplace Skills to give learners a unique blend of hands-on technical skills, transferable 'soft' skills and workplace behaviours. No other curriculum breaks down doors and progresses learners as TechBac does.

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T Levels

T Levels are a new level 3 qualification, each equivalent to 3 A Levels and will be worth UCAS points (for example a T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A Levels at A* ). They will be recognised by universities and other education providers for learners who wish to further their studies.

T Level courses will last 2 years, following on from GCSEs, and are aimed primarily at 16-18 learners. The courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to make sure they meet the needs of the industry and prepare learners for the workplace.

They will consist of a mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience, including an industry placement of at least 45 days. Over the course, learners will develop the skills and experience they need to enter skilled employment or further technical study.

T Levels will be gradually rolled out over the next few years. 


We put quality and learning at the heart of our apprenticeship training and education - City & Guilds is a name you can trust. Our apprenticeships are designed to deliver a progressive learning journey for the apprentice and robust assessment.

Apprenticeships are training programmes to help create a skilled workforce and anyone 16 or older can become an apprentice. You can even have worked for a company for some time and still develop your skills with an apprenticeship. Good apprenticeships combine effective on- and off-the-job training with thorough assessment

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New Functional Skills Qualifications

City & Guilds has been offering qualifications in maths, English and ICT for close to 50 years with the aim of helping young people and adults to succeed in all that they choose to do in work and life.

Our new Functional Skills maths and English qualifications, have been designed to help learners of all ages and levels, supporting them to develop and demonstrate the practical skills needed in real-life situations confidently.

City & Guilds continues to offer Functional Skills ICT, but as part of our existing Functional Skills suite, as ICT has not formed part of the current reform programme.

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Single Subject Qualifications

These are short course, single subject, qualifications that cover all the key skills that both employers and employees need in the modern office. A Diploma can be awarded when a combination of subjects have been achieved; the Diplomas are in Business Skills and Finance and Accounting. They’re recognised by employers all over the world, so you can take them with you when you travel.

Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) qualifications

The ILM is the professional membership arm of the City & Guilds group, dedicated to equipping you with all the leadership and management techniques and teaching to help you get ahead. ILM qualifications are recognised all over the world as the sign of a motivated and skilled leader or manager. 

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Professional Recognition Awards

If you've scaled the heights in your career and want something to prove it, then City & Guilds' Professional Recognition Awards are just the thing. These unique qualifications recognise your professional experience and skills, and show employers that you really are among the best in your business.

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Our traineeship programme consists of high-quality work placement, work preparation training in gaining employability skills, and English and Maths.

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