Full Time Vocational Courses

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At Chesterfield College we have hundreds of full time vocational courses for you to choose from and with many available at different levels (some from Entry Level to Level 3) we’re bound to have a course for you. With many courses offering vocational trips, employer visits, latest use of industry technology and much more, you can be sure our courses will prepare you well for work and your dream career.


With many of our vocational courses having 100% success rates, for example in public services, construction and creative media, you can see why over 3,500 students choose Chesterfield College every year. Please use the 'Course Search' opposite for further details.


To make it easy to see what full time courses we have at what levels, we have produced a ‘Vocational qualifications at a glance’ table:


SubjectEntry LevelLevel 1Level 2Level 3ApprenticeshipsUniversity Level Courses
Art, Design and Creative IndustriesTickTickTickTickTickTick
Auto EngineeringTick
Beauty TherapyTickTickTickTickTick 
Business TickTickTickTickTick
Business - Contact Centre, retail, business admin, sales, team leading, customer services    Tick 
Carpentry and Joinery TickTickTickTick 
Electrical/Electronic Engineering TickTickTickTickTick
Engineering - mechanical and maintenance operations TickTickTickTickTick
Fashion and Clothing   Tick  
HairdressingTickTickTick Tick 
Health and CaringTickTickTickTickTick 
Hospitality and CateringTickTickTickTickTick 
Logistics, driving goods, warehouse and storage    Tick 
Management    Tick 
Performing Arts  TickTickTick 
Public Services TickTickTickTickTick
Science   TickTick 
Sports and Recreation  TickTickTickTick
Travel and Tourism TickTickTickTickTick





(All entry requirements are correct at the time of going to print. The College reserves the right to make changes at any time)


Engineering – Electrical Installation



Tom was crowned student of the year in Electrical Engineering two years running for his outstanding work at both Level 2 and Level 3. Having been taught at home up to the age of 16, Tom arrived at College without any recognised qualifications but is now looking to progress to University to study Electrical Engineering.

Starting out on a Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) course to gain his NVQ Level 1 qualification in Electrical Installation, the College quickly recognised that Tom was operating at more advanced level and so transferred him up to a Level 2 TECH certificate in electrical installations. Tom then progressed onto level 3 and then the BTEC National Diploma level 3 in which he was able to use a new suite of fantastic Electrical Fault Finding boards which simulate real life situations.


Case Study: Thomas


Tom explains, "The facilities at College are great, they’re really hands on so provide useful practical experience. The new suite of fault finding boards simulate errors which an electrical engineer may very well expect to find out on a job so in essence they prepare us for actual work in the industry. It’s all very well being told what faults can occur and why, but until you actually see the fault occur you might not know what the tell-tale signs are.

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of College and I’m keen to progress to Nottingham University to study Electrical Engineering further as I’ve discovered a real passion for it."