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Education and qualifications

This page is about formal education and qualifications. A qualification is confirmation that you have met a given standard of knowledge, understanding and/or skill.

Typically, qualifications relate to longer-term study. In recent years, there has been a rise in micro-credentials, which refers to bite-size, shorter-term learning focusing on a specific area. Often studied online, micro-credentials usually result in certification.

This page does not seek to show a full list of qualifications available in the UK. Instead, it highlights some key places that you can go to find out more about and work out which courses might be best for you, at specific stages of your career.

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Learning in the UK

The UK education and skills landscape differs across the four devolved nations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. When researching, ensure that you check the relevant websites for further information in these regions.


An apprenticeship is a paid job and training scheme in one, which allows you to work and study at the same time. As well as getting practical, hands-on experience, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours doing classroom-based learning, outside of the workplace. At the end of the apprenticeship, you will take a formal assessment to gain a qualification.

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IEMA’s work in the education space

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