Vocational courses in a variety of subjects are offered to students in Years 10 and 12. These are two-year courses, leading to a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification. Each course requires a minimum of one day’s teaching time. Level 1 courses are available for students who find traditional GCSEs difficult.
The courses offer a more practical approach to learning and provide a useful entry into either further education or into work related to the care, leisure, ICT or creative and media sectors.
Students who opt for these courses work independently on projects related to the community. Visiting speakers, visits to nurseries, old people’s homes, leisure centres etc., and internet research all form part of the courses. Students’ work is assessed by coursework and exam board set tasks.