City & Guilds vocational qualifications

Qualification codes
601/0110/6 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration)
601/3608/X (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing)

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

City & Guilds is a leader in skills development, providing services to training providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today‚Äôs workplace. City & Guilds qualifications and apprenticeships are valued by employers across the world, helping individuals develop their talents and abilities for career progression.


Units are graded as Pass/Fail.

Overall qualification grade is Pass/Fail.


Assessments of these qualifications are by a combination of:  

  • externally set assignments
  • internally assessed, externally verified portfolio of evidence
  • externally set and marked online exam
Further information

There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16-19 performance tables for England:

  • Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
  • Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
  • These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
  • If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.

For more information, visit City & Guilds web page for specifications at: