Vocational Studies

Course content

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.



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.

Student learning

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.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey