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Certificate in skills for Vocational Studies Level 1 is a BTEC study program that allows students to develop and prepare for their future specialist sector.  They will be able to try out a variety of different vocational areas within their year of study.


How does it work?

All students will:


Attend college for three days and will attend a vocational area of their choice on Friday of each week.  The vocational areas are;



Health and Social Care


Animal Studies


Music and Media


Culinary Arts

Hair and Beauty

Catering and Hospitality

Tourism and Events


PPE will be provided for each student if required in the area they are attending on Fridays.

Students will continue to study English and maths lessons to improve their grades for further progression.

Participate in health and well-being sessions tailored to the industry pathway and student needs

Go on a variety of trips and visits to various fun and exciting locations 

Have opportunities to meet with guest speakers and employers from their chosen industry. 

Work on live projects based on the chosen industry pathway


The Duke of Edinburgh award plays an important part of the student's progression.  The opportunity to register and complete the 4 stages of the program to achieve this prestigious award


Entry requirements

 4 x GCSE Grades 1/2 OR progression from another course within college.

All students will be interviewed before they start the course and must demonstrate a ready to learn attitude and enthusiasm to participate in the various industries and lessons.


Certificate in skills for Vocational Studies Level 1

What you'll learn (core modules)

The Foundation course will teach students, through the qualification and The Duke of Edinburgh award, the skills needed to:

  • Become more confident in a variety of different vocational areas of their choice.
  • Make well-informed decisions towards positive future goals.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Take on new challenges through the Duke of Edinburgh award
  • Take part in social and community projects
  • Undertake vocational tasters and work-related learning within the college, community, and workplace (as appropriate to individual needs and future goals).

Benefits, skills and character strengths

To help you achieve and progress onto the next level of learning or employment, you will be working on developing the following character strengths: Ambition, Confidence, Curiosity, Optimism, Ownership, Resilience, Respect and Self-Control.

How will I be assessed?

The Assessment methods will vary, there will be some written work, some practical work and assessment opportunities within trips and visits. Please note that there are NO formal exams on the course with the exception of Maths and English.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

The course is delivered both inside and outside of the college and the classrooms

Where will the course take me?

Progression routes following this course will be a level 2 programme in many areas or a level 1 technical qualification

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Electronic devices are a benefit to the course, but not essential

Possible chef whites for catering and hospitality pathways

Hair or beauty tunic for hair and beauty pathways

How much will it cost?

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply through the college website if you are a new student or if you are a progressing student please contact

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Can I apply for a bursary now?

Yes, please do this after you have applied for the course to allow time for it to be processed.


Days & times

Date(s) to be confirmed

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