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BTEC Level 1 Key Skills at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

This course is ideal for students who have mainly achieved GCSE grades E and below. It provides a year of learning about Public Services and working towards the Level 1 Public Services Diploma.

It also allows for opportunities to develop your literacy and numeracy skills alongside social skills and teamwork.  You will be expected to supply ingredients for cooking in the first term of the course usually about £1.50 to £2 per week

Course content

There are 12 units in the course which are as follows,

Conduct at Work,

Wellbeing and Fitness,

Public Service Careers,

Improving Health & Fitness Introduction to Security Work,

Practical Skills,

Map Reading,

Public Service Incidents,

Assisting the Public,

Expedition Skills,

Developing Leadership & Self-Management Skills.  

These units allow you to develop a variety of skills and the evidence may be practical situations such as the Young Firefighter scheme, Role plays, Written work and computer work

Entry requirements

Entry on the course is with Entry level qualifications or their equivalents.


There are 12 units and a piece of coursework has to be completed for each.  Each assignment is graded against assessment criteria and each unit has a different number of assessment criteria.  

Ultimately each is graded Pass or Fail and you have to achieve a Pass in all assessment criteria and assignments

Future opportunities

Dependent on ability at the end of the course a Level 2 course such as Preparation for Apprenticeship

Further information

You will undertake the Young Firefighters Scheme at Castleford for 20 weeks of the course (1 day a week)   This will lead to an additional qualification Level 2 Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.  However a lot of the activities provide evidence for the Public Services Diploma as well.  

Also included as an addition to the course is Work Experience within the school and this allows students to gain a Level 1 Work Skills award

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year


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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.