Vocational Courses

The Vocational Experience

Dreaming of something special? With our vocational education you can pursue your dream, while immersing yourself into British life and perfecting your language!

Sports, business, theatre, tourism, music, photography and much, much more to choose from. You can also build your own computer game, release your inner actor, become the next Gordon Ramsey or immerse into Makeup artistry. Check out our wide range of vocational options and make an amazing investment in your future!




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StudyChoice. Make your passion into your career!


A different country, a different culture, a different way of life. An experience you will never forget!


Learning in a new and different environment will boost your education and give you a different perspective.


Living in a different culture is a direct route to making you a stronger and more independent person!

With our vocational programme you follow your dream course for a year or complete an education while immersing yourself in life in England. Studying in another country is one of the most rewarding experiences you can give yourself, and this programme lets you select a course to pursue your main interest while building an amazing foundation for your future, both professionally and personally.

We offer an outstanding selection of courses, carefully chosen to give you the best possible options. The courses are studied at selected colleges and you can expect a great atmosphere and amazing locations. Start your day on the beach, or immerse yourself into classic village life. Whatever your choice you will experience everyday life in the UK while you perfect your English language and take your education to a higher level.

Vocational courses – often known as BTECs – lead to qualifications at several levels from basic to university level. The individual courses combine practical learning with theoretical content, and they are perfect if you enjoy a hands-on approach to studying and have a keen interest in the subject.

Studying alongside local and other international students you will have the opportunity to make new friends for life as well as important connections for the future. You can choose from a wide range of courses and to fully immerse you can also join sports, clubs, groups and activities, making use of the amazing college facilities.

Outside school you can enjoy life with a welcoming host family, or some of the courses will give you the option of staying more independently in Student Halls with your fellow students.

Let us help you find the perfect course for you in the best location, and you will soon find yourself studying in an amazing place with fantastic facilities, great tutors and a wonderful school spirit.

Get in touch, and we will guide you through the course options to get you straight onto the fast track to an amazing experience that will help you evolve as a person while you build a great foundation for your future, both professionally and personally.

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Helping you to
pursue your dreams

"The course has been fantastic, and it's helped me to achieve my dream of becoming a professional chef!"

Marcus from Germany

"I loved studying in the UK. The course was fantastic and the facilities are amazing. I love the fact that I speak English with an English accent now!"

Sara from Germany


College life

The time that you spend at college is one of the best times of your life, and StudyChoice works with some of the best colleges in the UK – giving you access to fantastic facilities, expert tutors and vibrant student communities!
College is about far more than just studying: it’s about developing new interests, making new friends and having fun. Alongside your course, you will have the opportunity to join clubs that you’re interested in or take part in extra curricular activities that you’ve always wanted to try! You’ll make friends for life at college – it’s a time for self-discovery.

From a drama course to the stage!

When Maria came to the north of England to study, all she knew was that she loved acting. She didn’t know where she wanted to go after her time at school, but the most important thing for her was to pursue a course within the area of performing arts. Maria chose to study a vocational course in Drama, and she’s so grateful that she did – because it helped her get to where she is now, which is performing plays as part of a local theatre group! While she was at college, she was able to get used to acting on stage in front of audiences, as well as taking part in some behind the scenes set designing. Her teachers helped her to explore her options within the performing arts, and she learnt that her true passion lay in theatre. So now she has been able to fulfill her dream of regularly acting on stage in front of huge crowds!

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Programme facts



English level



Academic Year
2 Academic Years

Programme start



Host Family or
Student halls


State college
School fees included

Your dream. Your choice

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Programme terms

Spotlight: Exeter College

Exeter College is just one of the fantastic selection of colleges you can choose on our High School Select programme!

This college is home to a fantastic selection of on-site facilities, a wide variety of courses to choose from, and a team of outstanding and supportive teaching staff.

Exeter College is located in the city centre, close to the bustling and vibrant lifestyle within this south coast destination. There are historic streets, plenty of shopping opportunities and lots of places to eat and drink.

Head on over to our High School Select programme to see how you can study at Exeter – or one of our other great colleges!

Skills and qualifications that will prepare you for your future!

I’ve completed my vocational year – what next?

Once you have completed your vocational year and obtained a qualification, there are so many opportunities. The great thing about vocational courses is that they are really preparing you for the world of work, and you will have gained plenty of hands on and practical experience. So, if you want to, you can choose to go straight in to a career related to the subject you’ve studied.
Alternatively, if you want to keep developing your skills and learn more about your area of interest, you could keep studying. Maybe you want to specialise in a certain area, or study a course to a higher level. You can have access to plenty of outstanding British universities and employers once you have achieved your vocational qualification.

Check out our other programme options!

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High School and Vocational Programmes

Included in the programme price

  • Skype interview
  • Guidance on application
  • Consultation
  • Virtual meeting
  • School and Host family/Residence selection
  • Placement information
  • Pre-departure information
  • Administration
  • Student handbook, online
  • Accommodation
  • School placement
  • Travel documents
  • Local Support
  • Regular contact from support team
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Full or half board as per programme description
  • Wifi access
  • Bedding

Not included

  • Cancellation insurance
  • Flights
  • Local transportation
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • School materials, books, uniform
  • School fees if applying for a private school
  • Personal items and spending money
  • Dietary supplements
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Explore our range of courses!

Subject AreaSubjectQualification
Art & DesignArtAcademic
Art & DesignArt & DesignVocational
Art & DesignProduction Arts Technical Subsidiary DiplomaVocational
Art & DesignPerforming ArtsVocational
Art & DesignTheatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-Up ArtistryVocational
Art & DesignPhotographyAcademic
Art & DesignPhotographyVocational
Art & DesignDesign - GraphicAcademic
Art & DesignDesign - GraphicVocational
Art & DesignDesign - 3DAcademic
Environment & HumanitiesEnvironmental SustainabilityVocational
Environment & HumanitiesAnimal CareVocational
Environment & HumanitiesAnimal ManagementVocational
Environment & HumanitiesConstruction and the Built Environment Vocational
BusinessBusiness Academic
BusinessBusiness Vocational
BusinessBusiness and AccountingVocational
Environment & HumanitiesEarly Years Education and Child CareVocational
EngineeringMotorcycle MaintenanceVocational
EngineeringMotorsport (Vehicle Technology) Vocational
Art & DesignUpholstery and FurnishingsVocational
Art & DesignFashion and TextilesVocational
Health & BeautyBarberingVocational
Health & BeautyBeauty TherapyVocational
Health & BeautyHairdressingVocational
Health & BeautyHair Colouring Services Level 2 Vocational
Health & BeautyMake-Up Artistry Level 2Vocational
Health & BeautyTheatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-Up ArtistryVocational
Cookery & CateringHospitality DiplomaVocational
Cookery & CateringProfessional Cookery NVQ Diploma Level 2Vocational
Cookery & CateringProfessional Cookery - Patisserie and ConfectionaryVocational
Cookery & CateringCookery Professional DiplomaVocational
Cookery & CateringNutrition & HealthVocational
IT & GamingGames Design Digital Games DevelopmentVocational
IT & GamingICT Vocational
IT & GamingICT Game Design & Creative Media (Film)Vocational
IT & GamingComputingVocational
IT & GamingCreative Media (Digital Game Design and Development)Vocational
IT & GamingICT First CertificateVocational
IT & GamingComputer ScienceAcademic
IT & GamingIT - Creative Technology Level 2Vocational
IT & GamingElectronicsAcademic
MediaMedia StudiesAcademic
MediaCreative Media Production Vocational
MediaCreative Media Production / Film and Television ProductionVocational
MusicMusic TechnologyAcademic
MusicMusic Technology (Production) Vocational
MusicMusic DiplomaVocational
MusicMusic Practitioner Diploma Level 2Vocational
Performing ArtsPerforming ArtsVocational
Performing ArtsPerforming Arts Extended DiplomaVocational
Performing ArtsActing DiplomaVocational
Performing ArtsDance DiplomaVocational
Performing ArtsDrama and Theatre StudiesAcademic
Performing ArtsFilm StudiesAcademic
Maths & SciencesBiologyAcademic
Maths & SciencesChemistryAcademic
Maths & SciencesComputer ScienceAcademic
Maths & SciencesMathematicsAcademic
Maths & SciencesPhysicsAcademic
Maths & SciencesFurther MathsAcademic
Maths & SciencesEconomicsAcademic
LanguagesEnglish LanguageAcademic
LanguagesEnglish LiteratureAcademic
LanguagesEnglish Language & LiteratureAcademic
HumanitiesClassical CivilisationAcademic
HumanitiesHistory: Ancient Academic
HumanitiesHistory - ModernAcademic
HumanitiesHistory - MedievalAcademic
HumanitiesPhilosophy & Religious StudiesAcademic
HumanitiesGovt & PoliticsAcademic
Environment & HumanitiesPsychology Extended CertificateVocational
HumanitiesEnvironmental ScienceAcademic
HumanitiesReligious StudiesAcademic
Environment & HumanitiesHealth & Social Care Vocational
Travel & TourismTravel & TourismVocational
Travel & TourismAir Cabin CrewVocational
SportsSport, Health and FitnessVocational
SportsSports Outdoor Adventurous Activites Extended DiplomaVocational
SportsSport and Exercise ScienceVocational
SportsFitness InstructingVocational
SportsPhysical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science Level 2Vocational
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High School - FAQ

Yes – if you choose the High School Select programme, then you can choose not only the area that you will be in, but also the school or college you will study at! We want you to be able to study where and what you want – so you can tell us in your application if you have a preference. Take a look at our High School Select page to find out more about this.

Yes – if you choose the High School Academic programme you can choose your subjects!

Yes – but this might depend on your academic performance, and the subjects that you choose to study. At the end of your time in the UK, you should obtain a report card from your school or college, and this will demonstrate your experience and qualifications.
If you are interested in sitting exams, then you should tell us this when you apply, so that we can make sure your subjects will allow you to obtain a recognised qualification.

As soon as your placement is confirmed, we will notify you of the details of where you will be studying. The process of matching you with the perfect school or college (and host family, if you choose to stay with one) takes time and can be complex, and we want to make sure we find you the best match. We’ll aim to let you know your destination a few months before you depart.

It’s different for every student depending on your lifestyle, and it also depends on whether you stay with a host family or in student accommodation, and how you travel to school! The average monthly expenditure is usually between £100-£150 if you’re staying with a host family.

On our application form, there is a section asking you for some information about yourself – this includes whether you would be happy living with pets, whether you would prefer a non-smoking family, and if you have any other special requirements or allergies, among other questions. You should give us as much information as you can on here, and this will enable us to match you to the most suitable family!

This depends and can be different depending on the school and the host family! There will probably be other exchange students at your school. Host families can choose to host one or two students, so you might have another student within your host family.

If you have a problem with your host family, then you can talk to your Local Support Coordinator. They will help you to talk about the problem and find a solution. If the problem is serious and can’t be resolved, there can be the option of changing host family.

All of our students and their parents will have a contact person before, during and after their stay. During the programme, our students are supported by various levels of support – our Head Office team, their school and (depending on what type of programme you have chosen) a Local Support Coordinator. We also have an emergency number for emergencies out of office hours. StudyChoice will keep in touch with you while you’re here in the UK, and we can offer support, guidance and advice.

Yes – StudyChoice organises tours and trips every term that you will be able to take part in! Independent travel is also possible, but you will have to get permission from StudyChoice, as well as your natural parents (and host family, if you’re staying with one!).

Yes – there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in sports and activities while you are in the UK! You can join a club or play sports through your school or college, and if you’re staying with a host family, they will be able to help you get involved in activities in the local area.

Yes – you can ask for an extension of your programme.

If you aren’t sure if you will need a visa, take a look at the UK government website:
This will tell you what kind of visa you need to apply for, what fees are involved, and what the requirements are. The earliest you can apply for a visa is three months before you start your course.

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