Vocational Studies

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Course introduction

The BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies is a one year course. Learners study several units from different vocational areas. These units provide learners with an opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of vocational areas such as Business Studies, ICT, Health and Social Care and Art and Design before making further course choices or occupational decisions on progressing to Level 2. In addition to this, learners will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills English and Mathematics depending on their grades.

Level

1

Specific course entry requirements

To study the Level 1 programme you will have achieved a minimum of three 2 grades in your GCSEs, in addition to a grade 2 in English Language (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

All units are coursework based. Learners are required to receive a recommendation to progress, together with the appropriate grade in Functional Skills, in order to advance to a Level 2 course. English and Mathematics are assessed by examination.

Where will this course lead me?

On successful completion of the course, learners may progress to Level 2 programmes in college, or undertake training courses or employment. Learners with an Education, Health and Social Care Plan may progress to a supported internship.

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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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