There are varying pathways offered on this programme (subject to review each year):
- Arts pathway
- Construction pathway
- Hospitality pathway
- Animal care pathway
- Land-based pathway
The Level 1 Introduction to Vocational Studies promotes a wide range of skills to prepare you for your future work or further specialist study (see list below). This programme supports personal development and lifelong learning while promoting independence and preparation for employment.
It is a flexible one year programme which can be extended to two years. Class sizes are small, and support is available during lessons, breaks and at lunchtime.
Vocational tasters and work-based opportunities are an integral part of this programme. Learners develop their English and Maths skills as well as a range of other skills that will stand them in good stead for accessing the College learning environment in the future.
What will I learn?
The Introduction to Vocational Studies programme will provide you with an opportunity to:
- Pathways to employment in particular sectors.
- Experience a variety of vocational subjects offered by the College.
- Improve your Maths and English.
- Develop communication and team working skills through a rich programme of indoor/outdoor activity.
-Pathway related units relating to the following areas: arts, hospitality, animal care and construction.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through a variety of methods, demonstration of practical skills, discussions, written tasks and oral presentations. You will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
You need to demonstrate that you are working at Entry Level 3/GCSE Level 1 (or above) in Maths and English. An interview will be required, and initial assessments/transition visits may form part of the offer process.
If you have taken an alternative educational route and wish to discuss entry to this programme, please contact the college to discuss your individual circumstances.
After Your Course
Typical progression routes:
- Level 1 Exploring the Caring Sector
- Level 1 Professional Cookery
- Level 1 Construction
- Level 1 Hairdressing
- Level 1 Beauty
- Level 1 Motor Vehicle
- Level 1 Animal Care
- Supported Internship
- Vocational Level 2 programmes (depending on aptitude, skills and qualifications)
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
- Have an annual salary of less than £17,374.50
- Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/21 and are not studying at another school/college
- Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/21 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification
- Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship
See the Student Money pages for more information.
Student Finance (Degree-Level Courses)
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.
Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.
For further information please see www.gov.uk/student-finance.
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.