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Vocational Studies (Preparation for Study and Employment) Progression Pathways at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

If you feel unsure as to which direction you would like to go in your career, or which subject area you would like to specialise in at College the level 1 Vocational studies course may be an option for you. The course is designed to enable you to gain knowledge/experience in different vocational areas and subjects. You can achieve either a certificate or a diploma to help you progress and specialise in a specific vocational area at college or onto a Supported Internship or employment.
There are a variety of Pathways you can follow, including -ArtCatering & HospitalityChildcare, Health and Social Care Construction (C&J, P&D, Brick) Electrical & Plumbing Hair & BeautyIT & Creative MediaMotor VehiclePublic Services, Forensics and Sport

Course content

The programme is a full time course delivered over a minimum of 3 days; this will increase as your time in the workplace develops. Maths and English is a core focus, you will also gain IT skills needed at college and work as well as studying in your chosen specialist area. You will learn valuable and practical skills in teamwork, problem solving, managing yourself and your time, leadership, taking responsibility, personal presentation and business and retail studies. This will give you the opportunity to build your confidence and your skills with all the support you need in order to progress, providing the vital skills needed for both college and future employment. You will gain qualifications in Maths and English and a BTEC in Vocational Studies.

Entry requirements

There are specific entry level requirements in numeracy and literacy to progress onto the course, all learners must also undertake and interview and assessment.


English and Maths are examination based, portfolio based assignments as well as practical assessments through witness statements and observations are required to complete the units of study. Your personal progression will be evaluated through tutorials and also from discussions with tutors on progression and learner journey distance travelled statements.

Financial information

Uniforms and/or safety equipment will be required; this will depend on the pathway that is followed. For students that are eligible there is financial support available to help you with these costs.

Future opportunities

You can progress on full time courses in a variety of specialist areas. You will also be able to apply for the supported internship programme to gain work skills in a long term placement.

Further information

Will I complete work placements?

Work experience is a major focus of the course; you have the opportunity to expand this.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

Every year the group use their retail enterprise skills to raise money for a two day residential trip as part of the programme of study.

Are there any links with industry?

The course is designed to prepare you for the world of work and wherever possible we will provide opportunities for you to learn from those in relevant industries and employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warrington & Vale Royal College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016
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