The Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc) was introduced in September 2014 and aims to deliver rigorous and challenging vocational qualifications on par with A Levels. The TechBacc is available at school sixth forms and colleges and includes three elements:
- a technical qualification
- AS level maths
- an extended project, which will develop and test students’ skills in writing, communication, research, self-discipline and self-motivation
The TechBacc is most beneficial for students looking to enter the STEM technical sector (e.g. lab technicians, engineering technicians, construction professionals), the service technical sector (retail and hospitality management, personal services, junior accounting) or the creative technical sector (digital media, sport industry, material/textiles, design).
Following a TechBacc students can go into a job, apply for an apprenticeship or apply for further study, including technical courses at university.