Vocational Education

The Vocational Learning Area is a diverse learning area linked to all parts of the school and to local business. It has impact on all students.

There are two main aspects to this Learning Area;

  • Delivering courses in subject areas related to the world of work, offering students the chance to develop transferrable skills within a specific subject. Thus it links together other Learning Areas offering courses that are taught and assessed in a vocational style.
  • The Vocational Learning Area also plays a large role in the range of Personal Curriculum opportunities being offered across the school, particularly those related to PSHEE, Enterprise Education and Work Related Learning.


BTEC courses are seen as an important part of the option choices and attract students of all abilities. The following courses are part of our present curriculum but will continue to expand in 2013.

  BTEC Level 2 BTEC Level 3 (6th form)

(years 10 and 11)

(years 10 and 11)


(years 10 and 11)


(years 10 and 11)

Health and Social Care

(years 10 and 11)
GCSE (to be replaced with Level 2 BTEC in September 2013)

A Level (to be replaced with Level 3 BTEC in September 2013)

(Year 12)

A Level
Creative Digital Media Production

(Year 12)

A Level
Specialised qualifications, including

(Year 12)
Work Skills, Learning for Life, Customer Service, Money and Finance

Learning for Life

Industry qualifications

(Not BTEC qualifications)

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) Health and Safety
(Year 12)


The assessment of Vocational Courses is mainly by coursework. There are examinations in some of the courses but these form a smaller proportion of the final marks than in traditional qualifications. This allows students to show their skills and abilities in a wider range of formats.

Personal Curriculum

The Personal Curriculum gives students a very different way of learning, away from the usual classroom environment, to which students respond positively. It includes event days and experience away from the school environment.

These are inclusive events in which all students take part, with staff from across the school and from the business community supporting students, using a multidisciplinary approach to widen access to the concepts considered and encourage success.

A sample of the Personal Curriculum to which the Vocational Area contributes includes;


Careers event

Be Safe programme
Careers event
Drugs awareness programme
Careers marketplace,
Careers workshops

Work experience placement
Enterprise programme;
• Applications
• Enterprise day
• Interviews
• Evaluation

Careers fair
Enterprise Challenge - A four day pre-management experience for those students aiming for future responsibility in the workplace.