Vocational Studies Faculty

Our vocational studies subjects are extremely successful, and offer the opportunity to our students to engage in work-related learning across a range of areas, including business, construction, food, hairdressing and health and social care. Students studying our Childcare course are also able to work within the Academy’s early years programme for practical experience.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business Pearson 601/7159/5 (1 A-level)

Business opens up new doors into real-life situations. Not only does it prepare you for working life but it also gives you the tools to manage your personal finances. Employers have approved this qualification and have been involved in the process to ensure that if you study this course you will be gaining the skills and knowledge they look for when employing someone. The course is for students who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing on to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business related subjects. The topics taught are as follows: l Exploring business l Developing a Marketing Campaign l Personal and Business Finance l Recruitment and Selection Process

Assessment Method:  There are two coursework units and two external assessment units, one of which is a written task set by the exam board. This means that you are assessed 42% through coursework and 58% through external assessment.

Career Progression:  Progression routes lead students into studying business studies or a similar degree programme at university. Career possibilities include; human resources, business management, marketing and promotion, accountancy and careers in the financial sector. There are also many opportunities for involvement in practical and organisational activities e.g. managing events.

“I chose business as I thought that it would be a great opportunity to learn about different business types and learn how they operate. Also I thought it would be good to find out what makes a business successful or not. I am looking to set up my own business in the future so this will help me.” Yr 12 Student

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business Pearson 601/7157/1 (2 A-levels)

Business opens up new doors into real-life situations. Not only does it prepare you for working life but it also gives you the tools to manage your personal finances. Employers have approved this qualification and have been involved in the process to ensure that if you study this course you will be gaining the skills and knowledge they look for when employing someone. The course is for students who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing on to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business related subjects. The topics taught are as follows: l Exploring business l Developing a Marketing Campaign l Personal and Business Finance l Recruitment and Selection Process l Managing an event l International Business l Principles of Management l Investigating Customer Service

Assessment Method:  There are five coursework units and three external assessment units, two of which are written tasks set by the exam board. This means that you are assessed 55% through coursework and 45% through external assessment.

Career Progression:  Progression routes lead students into studying business studies or a similar degree programme at university. Career possibilities include; human resources, business management, marketing and promotion, accountancy and careers in the financial sector. There are also many opportunities for involvement in practical and organisational activities e.g. managing events.

‘Business is a great option to take because it doesn’t just give you information about the business world, but you also learn valuable life skills you could use in the future. For example help with managing your personal finances, understanding the best bank accounts and car loans to get’. Yr 12 Student

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development Edexcel 601/7570/9 (1.5 A Levels)

This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professionals to ensure that the topics are appropriate for students interested in working in the Childcare sector. Students will learn about the development of children and get to engage with early years’ service users. There will be a big focus on how children learn through play which will involve students on the course participating in practical activities. Keeping children safe and supporting their learning and wellbeing will also be of utmost importance.

Assessment Method: Mandatory coursework content – 66% External assessment – 44% Career Progression This BTEC qualification prepares students for both university and employment.

Career Progression:  The career paths linked to Childcare are extensive and include: Child minding, Early Years Educator, Nanny, Nursery Nurse, Playworker.

“I chose this course as I really want to work with children when I leave 6th Form. I’m not sure what I want to do yet but I know this course will help me decide and there’s lots of practical stuff involved which is great!” Chloe Ward

BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment Pearson (500/7137/3) (2 A Levels) Note – this specification is subject to change

The first year of the course consists of the following seven units; relating to the built environment l health and safety l sustainability l science and materials l construction technology and design l building technology l graphical detailing and surveying. In the second year of the course, you will complete an additional six units relating to the sector. Work is not all classroom based and offers a variety of work related practical activities.

Assessment Method: Students will be assessed through a combination of external examinations and coursework.

Career Progression:  This qualification can provide you with UCAS points towards university entry. Typically this will allow entry onto an HNC/HND, a foundation degree or a full honours degree course. The course also offers an opportunity for students to enter employment within the sector in a technical role. Related careers are: civil or structural engineering; construction or project management; surveying; architecture; quantity surveying or within health and safety (CDM co-ordinator).

“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time”. David Allan Coe

BTEC L3 Diploma in Health and Social Care Edexcel 500/9465/8 (2 A Levels)

This course encompasses a wide range of issues and topics linked to Health and Social Care. Students get the chance to explore areas of the subject they did not realise existed such as Nutrition, Health Promotion and Public Health. The course is designed to be adaptable to the requirements of the vocational sector as well as the students own interests and aspirations. We try to include as many practical elements as possible over the duration of the course. Students will not only complete their coursework but will get the opportunity to gain their First Aid Certificate and complete an extensive period of work experience interacting with a range of service users in different care settings. Guest speakers also feature during lessons so that students can see how their knowledge can be applied and built upon in a ‘real world’ context.

Assessment Method: Coursework assessment – 54% External assessment – 46%.

Career Progression:  This BTEC qualification prepares students for both university and employment. The range of careers linked to Health and Social Care are extensive and include: Counselling. Physiotherapy, Nursing, Ambulance Technician, Social work and many more.

“This is a great course with loads of different and interesting units to study. I had no idea about the huge range of careers that were linked to Health and Social Care”. Jessica Buddles (Year 12 Student)

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition WJEC 601/4552/3 (1 A Level)

An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.

Assessment Method:  2 Internally set assessments 1 Externally set exam 1 Externally set task

Career Progression:  Together with other relevant qualifications at Level 3, students will gain the required knowledge to be able to use the qualification to support entry to higher education courses such as: l BSc Food and Nutrition l BSc Human Nutrition l BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition l BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology.

“I chose to study Food Science & Nutrition as I had enjoyed the content of the Food Technology course in Yr11. This course opens up a lot of career possibilities for me in the future. Much of the information in the unit I am currently studying links directly to topics I have covered in my A Level Biology course. I have learnt new cooking skills and I am currently analysing client diets and assessing nutritional health”. Demi Renner (Year 12 Student)

Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma in Hairdressing (2 A-Levels)

This course aims to provide you with a range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing industry.

There are 5 compulsory areas of the course:

  • Cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • Creatively colour and lighten hair
  • Hairdressing consultation services
  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Hair colour correction services

Optional areas include:

  • Cut men’s hair using basic techniques
  • Creative hair design skills
  • Creative hair extension services
  • Smoothing and strengthening systems
  • Create a variety of perming effects
  • Hair relaxing services
  • Specialist hair and scalp treatments Centres and providers work with local employers

Assessment Method: The course is largely practically based and you will have the opportunity to work on live clients; however you must also pass an externally marked exam and a synoptic assignment.

Career Progression: This qualification could lead to further education through the Level 4 Diploma in Management Practice and Advanced Techniques in the Hair and Beauty Sector. It could also lead directly to apprenticeships or jobs working in a range of establishments such as; hair salon, spa, hotel or cruise ship.

 

Further information:

Mrs Barker, Head of Vocational Studies

michelle.barker@ncea.org.uk