Courses are a stepping stone to university and employment
VQ DAY is an annual national celebration dedicated to recognising the success of students on vocational courses.
It is seen as an alternative to the traditional A-level results day each summer.
There are a wide range of vocational qualifications people can study in England, including BTEC national diplomas, which are the equivalent of A-levels.
Karen Dobson, principal of Newcastle College, said: "This year's success rates are phenomenal and we have a number of students progressing on to both university and employment."
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Hannah Stoney, aged 24, from Stone, took a BTEC diploma in art and design at Newcastle College.
She went on to get a first class degree from Cheltenham University and launched the shop Yellowstone Art Boutique at Trentham Gardens.
Hannah, right, said: "I don't think it's widely known that people who study vocational qualifications can progress on to university. I'm certainly a champion of vocational qualifications.
"Without the practical knowledge and portfolio building I did at college, I wouldn't have gone to university."