Full time, part-time (this is what I did) and the work based route (eg BA (Hons) Learning through Technology; An online degree offered through the Ultraversity scheme at Anglia Ruskin University, UK). You also have the option/choice to get the HNC (1/3 of a degree), HND (2/3 of a degree) and the full degree (with or without honours). You also have the option to use professional certs (eg certain Microsoft certs to gain credit for the degree, take a look at MT127 and the TM227) or you can use your degree studies to gain professional certifications (see the TM128 for example).
I believe vocational education is great, but it is under appreciated. Under normal programs, NVQ 2 and 3 is the norm - but they aren't degree level. However NVQ 4 and 5 are, these are harder to find, but they are out there. It's just a case of looking for them.
There are degree level qualifications out there but they are mapped to the QCF instead of the FHEQ, for instance the SQA Level 4 Certificate In ICT Support in Education for Managers qualification is comparable to the level of a 1st year HE/degree course or the HNC, breadth wise it's not (the HNC is made up of 10 modules).
Apart from degree's and NVQ's, you also have the option to do professional diplomas that are directly comparable to the full degree, for instance: Professional Graduate Diploma in IT from the BCS.
Professional registrations/Chartered Status:
You have the ICTTech professional registration from the ECUK and the CITP status from the BCS.
City & Guilds Senior Awards:
Depending on your experience (level and length) you can gain the LCGI (comparable to a NVQ 4/Master Craftman) and/or the GCGI (comparable to a degree).
And that's not even mentioning all the vendor neutral/vendor specific certifications out there. However there are pro's and con's to them:
Pro's work/job specific, Con's most of them will require to renew after 3 years... Certain Comptia certs are like this, as well as Cisco and even Microsoft is starting to follow suit with the new versions of the MCSA and MCSE...
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